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 Matt Blewett

Vikings improve to 4-0 with prime-time win over Giants

Vikings improve to 4-0 with prime-time win over Giants

The Minnesota Vikings defeat the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday Night Football on October 3, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Minnesota Vikings defeat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football to improve to 4-0 on the season. Minnesota’s injury riddled offense gave their defense a breather in this game.  The Vikings offense scored in each quarter of the game with quarterback Sam Bradford having his best game as a Viking going 26-36 for […]

 Matt Blewett

Ryder Cup Singles Results

Ryder Cup Singles Results

Team USA defeats Team Europe 17-11 in 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minn. to gain control of the Ryder Cup until it is next contested in 2018

Team USA defeats Team Europe, finishing strong in singles match play on October 2, 2016 on a picture perfect day in Chaska, Minnesota.  The Singles Match format produced some amazingly exciting golf with crowds and players alike becoming engrossed in the emotions of the match. Because every hole was essentially a new, fresh game, the […]

 Matt Blewett

Ryder Cup day two morning matches set

Ryder Cup day two morning matches set

Team Europe captures three of four points in Friday afternoon Ryder Cup play, Saturday morning pairings announced.

After making a grand comeback on Friday afternoon, winning three of the four matches, the European team is looking to increase their lead in Saturday morning’s Foursomes play.   7:35 a.m. Rory McIlroy & Thomas Pieters (EUR) vs. Rickie Fowler & Phil Mickelson (USA) 7:50 a.m. Henrik Stenson & Matthew Fitzpatrick (EUR) vs. Brandt Snedeker […]

 Matt Blewett

Americans sweep opening morning session of Ryder Cup

Americans sweep opening morning session of Ryder Cup

After sweeping the morning sessions at the opening day of the 2016 Ryder Cup on September 30, 2016, Team USA commands a 4-0 lead heading into the afternoon Four-Ball session - pairings below.

Friday morning foursomes scoring: Foursomes are scored by the number of holes won by followed by the number of holes left unplayed because the win was clinched before the 18th hole.  For example, in the morning round, Patrick Reed & Jordan Spieth (USA) defeated Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson (EUR) by three holes (winning four to […]

 Matt Blewett

Ryder Cup competition demystified

Ryder Cup competition demystified

The Ryder Cup is different from other golf tournaments in more ways than one, but the match play element adds a unique strategic twist on the game of golf.

There are three unique styles of play in which Ryder Cup teams can score points.  Each style has a different strategy for winning and team captains must alternate who declares their golfers first and who can counter, a significant advantage to the person who chooses second. Instead of scoring based on the cumulative number of […]

 Matt Blewett

First matches of 2016 Ryder Cup set

First matches of 2016 Ryder Cup set

Friday, September 30, 2016 morning pairings for Foursome matches announced

The 2016 Ryder Cup will get underway on Friday, September 30, 2016.  The morning action will feature foursomes matches with the following pairings: 7:35 a.m. Henrik Stenson & Justin Rose (Europe) vs. Jordan Spieth & Patrick Reed (USA) 7:50 a.m. Rory McIlroy & Andy Sullivan (Europe) vs. Phil Mickelson & Rickie Fowler (USA) 9:05 a.m. […]

 Matt Blewett

Making sense of the Ryder Cup match format

Making sense of the Ryder Cup match format

There are three uniquely strategic challenges for Ryder Cup Captains as they form their team pairings with three types of match play.

Fourballs – In fourballs, team USA and team Europe each have two members in a foursome.  Each golfer plays his own ball and each team counts the lowest of its scores for the hole.  The lowest score gets a point for the team. Foursomes – In foursomes, two-man teams for Europe and USA compete in […]

 Matt Blewett

About the 2016 Ryder Cup

About the 2016 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is one of the most celebrated international golf events, with an expected 250,000 attendees visiting Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Here are some quick facts about the 2016 Ryder Cup.

About the 2016 Ryder Cup Tournament When:  September 27– October 2, 2016 (Competition starts September 30) Where:  Hazeltine National Golf Club – Chaska, Minnesota – View the course statistics and layout. United States Captain:  Davis Love III – Meet Team USA European Captain:  Darren Clarke – Meet Team Europe Prize: The Ryder Cup It is the […]

 Matt Blewett

Hazeltine National Golf Course by the numbers

Hazeltine National Golf Course by the numbers

Hazeltine National Golf Course, in Chaska, Minnesota, is hosting the 2016 Ryder Cup. This gem, nestled in quiet Chaska has played host to a dozen national and international golf tournaments. Here is how the course is set for the Ryder Cup.

About Hazeltine National Golf Course Course architect: Robert Trent Jones Date Opened: 1962 2016 Ryder Cup Tournament Set-up Par: 72 Yardage: 7678 yards Tournament Stimpmeter*: 12-13 feet Average green size: 5,000 square feet Acres of fairway: 27 acres Acres of rough: 60 acres Total course acreage: 160 acres Sand bunkers: 108 Water hazards: 9 Tees: […]

 Matt Blewett

About the Ryder Cup

About the Ryder Cup

Since 1927, the Ryder Cup has been the symbol of friendly competition between Great Britain (now Team Europe) and The United States of America. Here are some fun facts about the trophy.

About the Ryder Cup The Ryder Cup trophy was presented to the Professional Golfers’ Association of Great Britain and Ireland in 1927. Samuel Ryder, the presenter of the trophy, intended the ­trophy to serve as the prize for an international friendly competition between the best golfers from Great Britain and The United States of America. […]

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