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  1. skydog

    Assigning Credit and Blame in the Cups

    The captain unilaterally (in theory at least) picks 1/3rd of the team and 100% of the pairings. That’s a hefty influence. More so than any coach in any professional team setting as usually the coach’s ability to outright pick a large swath of the team is going to be quite limited. That said- from a credit/blame standpoint, I would say it’s somewhere around 70/30 players to captain.Both teams are playing the same course so I don’t think it’s rational to assign anything to the course.
  2. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    I’m worried this Reed-Spieth drama is going to disrupt what could have been a great pairing for years to come and infect the team room in future years. Hopefully things will settle down with time.
  3. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Context is key- and what you left out. The ‘I don’t disagree’ comment was to the previous comment saying he was a bad pick. And I shouldn’t have gone so far to say the pick itself was indefensible. Putting him out in foursomes was however, and will go down in RC history as one of the worst pairings of all time. Phil and BDC are 6th and 7th on tour in birdie percentage- they should have played together in fourball if anything. Playing them in foursomes made zero sense. But yes, captains get too much praise when they win and too much blame when they lose. We all know that.
  4. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    And nice job of misrepresenting my opinion chief. I have said the Phil pick was a terrible one from the onset. Nothing after the fact about it. And as for him being tenth in points- he hasn’t shown any form since the Spring and he is literally second to last on tour in driving accuracy...for a tight driving course, he was an indefensible pick for anything short of nostalgia. This isn’t about searching around for whom to blame. We played terrible and likely would have lost regardless. But Furyk deserves some of the blame.
  5. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Whatever, I would call BS on this mentaility but I’m not going to change your mind. Or I could say the same thing about swing coaches but I won’t go there. Furyk deserves some criticism here. The shitty play deserves most of it. Phil was a terrible/indefensible pick and nothing but a nostalgic throwaway of a potential asset for the team.
  6. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    It’s not only about the captains but Furyk deserves his fair share of criticism here. Inevitably it’s the players that lost it but Furyk made some indefensible decisions along the way and for that he should be criticized.
  7. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    This was a perfect storm against the US squad- bad play, bad captain-ing, and a course that we were really poorly suited for. Let’s just hope Phil and Bubba don’t somehow manage to eek on the 2020 team.
  8. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    To me criticism is warranted when a decision is made that is indefensible. That applies to coaches (captains) and GMs in sports just as it all applies to all of us in our careers. The Tiger/Reed pairing is defensible- it didn’t work out but most objective people would have said going into into the week that it sounded like a decent pairing on paper. The Phil/BDC pairing in foursomes is objectively and unequivocally indefensible. In sports and the business world- those are the kind of decisions that get people fired and for good reason.
  9. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    I feel pretty good about our lineup tomorrow until the last 4. I fully understand the need to front load our lineup or the rest is inconsequential but it sucks that Phil, Bubba and BDC are likely to be three losses in the last four matches. My guess is we win 4 of the first five matches and then it will come down to whether we can stay competitive and maybe go 2-2 in the last four.
  10. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Win, lose, or draw come Sunday- Furyk deserves a ton of criticism for this afternoon. The BDC/Phil pairing in foursomes is honestly one of the worst in RC history. Putting the guy who’s 192 out of 193 on tour in driving accuracy on a tight driving course along with an unproven rookie who tends to be over-emotional and likely to wilt under the pressure?? And the Bubba/Webb pairing? Are you kidding me? Short of furyk himself, they are two of the softest American RC players we’ve seen in the last two decades. Oh yea, and we benched the guy who has won 3 of the last 6 majors he’s played in and has been a rock in team events. Phil and BDC should not have been on this team and are likely going to cost us the cup. I would have taken a couple of grind it out bulldogs like Sneds and Kisner over them any day of the week.
  11. skydog

    Tour Poll Taken With Some Interesting Answers

    I respectfully disagree with Tiger and you :/...and I guess the majority of the tour players. Yes Tiger has historically had a better work ethic than most everyone out there but I think in the history of the game he is also a top 3 talent of all time. Talent is a very subjective category but that’s just my take.
  12. skydog

    Tour Poll Taken With Some Interesting Answers

    This is an absurd list. Anthony Kim??? And putting Bubba as more talented than Tiger? No. And DJ as way more talented than Tiger?? No again.
  13. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Keegan would have been a disaster in the RC this year. First of all, the dude annoys the hell out of me with his cheesy intensity and secondly, he would be paired with Phil to try to re-create their Medinah dominance and inevitably, the two of them would fall flat on their face as neither is consistent enough to carry a team right now. Give me Spieth/Reed all day.
  14. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    I don’t disagree. I know Phil is good for the ‘team room’ aspect and I like watching him play in the event, but it will be an easily criticized pick if Phil doesn’t perform. I also hope that Phil has the self-awareness to suggest to Furyk that he only play in 3 matches as I think his age will catch up with him if he tries to play 2 rounds in one day.
  15. skydog

    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    From everything I had heard from media folks who at least think they’re in the know- Phil was basically a lock regardless as this is likely to be his swan song as a player in the event. I think the 63 made the optics of the pick easier, but short of him firing up 80s all summer, he was going to be picked regardless.
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