Around The Links: Golfers Already Thinking About The 2014 Ryder Cup

Sep 30, 2012; Medinah, IL, USA; European golfers Graeme McDowell on left and Rory McIlroy on right celebrate on the putting green after the 39th Ryder Cup on day three at Medinah Country Club. Europe defeats the United States 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Ryder Cup is still eight months away, but players from Europe and The US are already thinking about it. I’m not sure if potential Team America players are focused on this historic event in September, but potential Team Europe players are. With US Captain, Tom Watson needing to go into Scotland to retrieve the Cup, European players are already lining up and wanting to be a part of the history.

Toughest part of 2014 Ryder Cup will be getting on the team

The scene in the above photo is sickening. Team Europe celebrating at Medinah after a historic come-from-behind victory in 2012. This is like the Boston Red Sox celebrating a pennant victory at Yankee Stadium. If Team USA expects to go to Gleneagles and bring the cup back home, they will need to start prepping now!

”It certainly is getting harder now – that, and I think the American players are hungry for it, so they’re playing and they’re working,”Zach Johnson said. ”They are grinding and they want to make that team. It’s harder to make those teams.”

Last fall, Johnson couldn’t help but look at the rosters and say, ”He deserved to be on the team,” or ”How do you not take that guy?”

”The obvious one was Jim,” he said. ”How was he not on the team?”

Furyk had not missed a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team since 1997. Then again, Furyk was 43 and every year gets a new class of young players who made it even harder. Harris English won twice last year. Think he doesn’t have the Ryder Cup on his mind, especially after having played in a Walker Cup?

Ian Poulter Has Gleneagles And A Major On His Mind

“Once you have played in one Ryder Cup you never want to miss playing in another one.

“And with the Scottish golf fans the ­atmosphere at Gleneagles is going to be fantastic. So I want to make sure I earn my place in the team as soon as possible.

“That would then free me up in time to concentrate on trying to win one of the Majors. That’s my goal.

“Instead of playing other ­tournaments just looking for Ryder Cup points, I could save all my energy to make sure I can prepare properly for each Major.”

Phil Mickelson cheers on Chargers

It was another great “Wild Card Weekend” in the NFL on Sunday. Two warm weather West Coast teams went into the teeth of winter, and won playoff games. Guess what California native was at one of the game instead of working in….Maui?

Phil Mickelson, who skipped this week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions and its guaranteed money as well as world rankings points, instead spent his Sunday watching his beloved San Diego Chargers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 in the NFL playoffs.

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Topics: Golf, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods

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