Just in case there's any confusion TomVk about Garcia, the Centenary course at Gleneagles isn't a links a track. It's Scotland's longest inland course, and widely regarded as the most American course that Scotland has
I'd be more scared of your team Skydog then I would the same old tired faces that haven't done a great deal before.
I could perhaps question whether Phil has finally got the Scottish bug having won at both Castle Stuart and Muirfield last year, but I hope for the sake of team America that Tom does something decisive sooner rather than later about Tiger (so far a she can). Even if he issues an ultimatum it sends out the right signal to the rest of the team and especially those on the fringe
It's well documented that if America can't win at something, then they start to switch off and immerse themselves in domestic challenges instead, or things they can win at. If the RC is to remain part of the wider sporting fabric (something golf needs) then the cup needs to retain its vital competitiveness. It won't take too many more European victories, and some of the post Brookline ones in particular were thrashings. In the wider interests of the RC, it really needs an American win, and ideally with a bit of dignity for a change, albeit Valhalla wasn't too bad, and you'd have to have been deaf not to recognise some less than edifying background noise at Medina that had English DNA running through it
Absolutely correct. The Centenary course is renowned for being very American and has been likened to a PGA Tour type track. I had a quick look at the points standings from 2012 and $4 million was the automatic cut off for the US team. They only took 8 automatically, which as we know has now jumped to 9 spots. So in my reckoning, Watson, Walker, Kuchar and Spieth are already locked in, with Furyk and Dustin Johnson just a Top 10 away from qualification. That leaves a lot of top players scrambling for 3 places.
Interesting comments around Bradley and Fowler being close associates with Tom Watson. For me both need to find far more consistency before I'd select them, but they'd certainly get the call over younger players like English and Kirk.