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Ryder Cup 2014

Gleneagles, Scotland

With the the 2012 Ryder Cup over yesterday, I turn from my post about it to a look ahead. In 2014, the competition will be held at Gleneagles, the Scottish golf resort about 18 miles northeast of Stirling. Our friend Carol wasted no time after yesterday’s European win suggesting that we come over and join her. Well, she didn’t put it all that politely: “Want to come and see your team get beaten (again)?” I might have said yes if she phrased it differently.

Maybe we will. The end of September is generally bad timing for me. Some day timing won’t be an issue, and when that day comes, we’ll be there. At a Ryder Cup, if not at Gleneagles. Then again, Gleneagles in 2014 certainly sounds more enticing than Hazeltine (outside Minneapolis) in 2016. Why wait?

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A closing note: the Gleneagles website offers a tale suggesting that the Ryder Cup grew out of a competition there.

When the Ryder Cup matches come to Gleneagles in 2014 you could say that the tournament is returning to the place where it all began. Oh sure, history remembers that the event didn’t begin officially until 1927, when Walter Hagen’s USA trounced Ted Ray’s Great Britainat Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts. But what about 1921 at Gleneagles? You don’t know about that? You haven’t heard about the first time a USA team set foot on Scottish soil to play the best we had to offer? Well, listen up, because this is a quite a story.

In May ’21, the RMS Aquitania, built at the John Brown shipyard in Clydebank and one of the Cunard Line’s grand trio of ships along with the Mauretania and the Lusitania, pointed her way out of New York Harbour and set sail for her homeland of Britain. On board were 10 golfers. Not just any golfers. Famous golfers. Legends. Some Americans and some transplanted Scots who had sought to make a nice life for themselves in the new world in the early part of the 20th century. There was Hagen out of New York and Wild Bill Mehlhorn from Texas and alongside them, wrapped in the Stars and Stripes, were Jock Hutchison from St Andrews and Freddie McLeod from North Berwick.

This was the USA team coming to Gleneagles to take on a storied British side that had at its heart, James Braid, Harry Vardon, JH Taylor, Ted Ray and George Duncan. Icons all. They had 20 major championship victories between them. Duncan was the reigning Open champion, Ray the holder of the US Open.

Go to the site for more.

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