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Ryder Cup EXCLUSIVE: World Cup and Olympics don’t rival Europe vs USA – Tony Jacklin

Ryder Cup

Europe regained the Ryder Cup with a storming 17.5-10.5 victory (Image: Getty)

The three days of competition truly encapsulate everything that is good about sport. The way it builds in excitement over the first two days and climaxes with the dramatic 12 singles matches, the formula is perfect.

Nothing can touch it for thrills and spills. The Olympics last for a couple of weeks, the World Cup even longer, and by the end of it all, it’s a bit of a yawn. There’s no time for yawning at the Ryder Cup.

The pressure, the sportsmanship, the excitement, the emotion it creates is unparalleled. Everything that’s good about sport is in evidence over three days and that’s why so many corporations queue up to sponsor the thing.

It’s clean, it’s wholesome and it also provides more money for charity than all the other sports put together.

I can’t think of anywhere I’ve ever been at a Ryder Cup where the organisation and the venue was better

Tony Jacklin

It’s a win, win, win for golf, and for sport in general. The whole event engenders so much that is positive.

This Ryder Cup was absolutely fantastic, a truly memorable week. I don’t know how the hell it can get any better. Nothing tops it.

The venue was wonderful, the organisation seamless and, look at the American players, they were so gracious in defeat. The competition puts golf out front and centre in sporting terms and does our great game a power of good.

I played in the Past Captains match this week, which means I’ve now been associated with the Ryder Cup for 51 years, ever since making my debut in Houston in 1967, and just when I think the previous event can’t be surpassed in terms of excitement, lo and behold, the next one gets even better.

Europe fans

The jubilant Europe fans were a fixture of the whirlwind weekend (Image: Getty)

Look at the way it finished yesterday. The overall outcome was already known and just when you thought the drama was over, Alex Noren goes and holes a ridiculous 40ft birdie putt right at the very end.

The whole event was truly spectacular and there were some fine playing achievements, with Sergio Garcia breaking the all-time points record and Francesco Molinari becoming the first European to score a maximum five points out of five.

I was more than a tad concerned when they decided to take the Ryder Cup to France because the country doesn’t really have much of a golfing heritage.

I thought that whatever happened during the competition, it wouldn’t change the perception of golf there, but I’m not so sure about that now.

Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood was helf aloft by the the Europe fans after his extraordinary rookie performance (Image: Sky Sports)

I was also concerned about security issues, and about the troubles we’ve had in Europe on that score in recent years, but ultimately there was absolutely nothing to worry about. They seemed to take care of that.

You never felt at any time that anything untoward might happen. The organisation was absolutely superb and the whole event ran seamlessly.

I can’t think of anywhere I’ve ever been at a Ryder Cup where the organisation and the venue was better.

I believe they spent something like seven million euros on a state-of-the-art irrigation system and they had something like 56,000 people out there watching every day – that’s almost as many people as live in Scunthorpe, where I was born. To get that many on a golf course and allow them to watch in comfort takes some doing.

Thomas Bjorn

Thomas Bjorn led Europe to a memorbale victory (Image: Getty)

I wouldn’t mind if Le Golf National became the permanent host course every time the Ryder Cup was played in Europe. There was a sea of people out there each day but every fan was able to find a vantage point. There was always a good place to watch from.

That massive grandstand around the first tee was unbelievable and it took the Ryder Cup to another level altogether as a golfing spectacle.

I liked the course from a playing point of view too. There’s only one way to perform well on it and that’s by keeping your ball in the fairway and avoiding the deep, penal rough.

It was a proper examination of golf and Thomas Bjorn’s triumphant European team passed the test with flying colours.

As told to Tony Jimenez

Tony Jacklin CBE is one of golf’s most acclaimed after-dinner speakers and hosts a number of charity golfing events in partnership with Champions (UK) plc.


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