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I can see this team just getting run over. Not a real closer in the bunch other than Cantlay and possibly Johnson but he's not on his game. Finau and Schauffle are two of the biggest chokers in the game, Speith has won one tournament in 5 years, Scheffler contends but never closes. Koepka used to close but hasn't done a thing other than that lucky pitch shot that went in and won the Phoenix Open last year, Morikawa can't figure out his putting, Thomas is OK, I suppose, DeChambeau flies off his rocker every time a fan says something.
I just don't see these guys having the guts or grit to beat out the Euros. It was a mistake not to add Reed and Na.
 

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That european team doesn’t have the talent level of the US team but they have gritty closers and the US team has a lot of guys who choke even in regular events. This event will be the same. Might not be close
 

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As usual, we look good on paper. It shouldn't be close. But unfortunately they have to actually play the matches. I love this event but I never get my hopes up.
 

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That european team doesn’t have the talent level of the US team but they have gritty closers and the US team has a lot of guys who choke even in regular events. This event will be the same. Might not be close

It's not even close. 10 guys on our team are ranked higher than every man on theirs aside from Jon Rahm. I disagree with your "choke" characterization, though. But we always seem to underachieve in this event.
 

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It's not even close. 10 guys on our team are ranked higher than every man on theirs aside from Jon Rahm. I disagree with your "choke" characterization, though. But we always seem to underachieve in this event.
When you got assholes like Koepka saying he doesn't want to be there it doesn't help. The lack of teamwork by these guys is terrible. I wonder if its because most of these guys have never played team sports.
 

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When you got assholes like Koepka saying he doesn't want to be there it doesn't help. The lack of teamwork by these guys is terrible. I wonder if its because most of these guys have never played team sports.

You may be on to something, because the "team" aspect has always been a weak spot for our side. 1-on-1 they're fine. But four-ball and especially foursomes have often been a problem. The Europeans get it. Our guys struggle with it for some reason.
 

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You may be on to something, because the "team" aspect has always been a weak spot for our side. 1-on-1 they're fine. But four-ball and especially foursomes have often been a problem. The Europeans get it. Our guys struggle with it for some reason.
This epitomizes it for me. In an interview with Koepka he said "I won my match, leave me alone" and Sergio said "I don't care if I go oh and 5 in my matches as long as we win"
 

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Euros fan here - I think you all covered it. US team looks frightening on paper. Maybe some of the new young players bring a new positive vibe to the team this year.

Anyone been to practice rounds in years past and got any advice? We're going to be at Whistling Straits next Wednesday.
 

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Euros fan here - I think you all covered it. US team looks frightening on paper. Maybe some of the new young players bring a new positive vibe to the team this year.

Anyone been to practice rounds in years past and got any advice? We're going to be at Whistling Straits next Wednesday.
Lucky you. I would love to go
 

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Euros fan here - I think you all covered it. US team looks frightening on paper. Maybe some of the new young players bring a new positive vibe to the team this year.

Anyone been to practice rounds in years past and got any advice? We're going to be at Whistling Straits next Wednesday.

Nice. We attended the Wednesday session when it was at Oakland Hills in 2004 and I'm still considering going to one of the rounds this week seeing it's as close as it is... it's just a 3 hour drive and then the ferry across Lake Michigan. Nobody else I know is interested, though. The crowds were not that bad given it was a practice session when I attended. Tiger's group was the only one it was difficult to get close to.

One thing that was striking to me was how accommodating and crowd-friendly the European guys were and how the Americans were not. The Europeans were all signing autographs and chatting with the crowds... I mean it was just a Wed. practice session so why not do some shmoozing with the fans who pay the bills? But the Americans were not, aside from an occasional wave to the crowd.. they were acting as if it was Sunday and the match was on the line. They seemed tight. I took that as a bad sign. Never been to Whistling Straits but I hear it can be a bit difficult from a spectator's perspective. Enjoy!
 
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