— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 2, 2016
Hitting a shot to a green with champagne-based obstacles is the absolute dream. This opportunity was presented to Europe’s Thomas Bjorn and Paul Lawrie, both vice captains at the upcoming Ryder Cup. The pair were introducing the Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Archerfield Links, Scotland.
Now the fourth and final major has finished, it’s time to get very excited about Hazeltine. America will be looking to prevent a third successive loss and it’s hard to deny they will be this year’s favourites. The current standings show a weak prospective line-up for Team Europe, who have traditionally enjoyed being the underdog.
Past Ryder Cups have shown the differences in team culture that might help explain Europe’s success. Players on the continent tend to show better camaraderie than their American counterparts. This is because they earn less, travel together and share experiences that strengthen bonds.
Whatever the missing ingredient, Team USA will need to address this issue in the coming weeks.