Ryder Cup was greatest ever

Team Europe golfer Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates winning his match against U.S. golfer Steve...

Team Europe golfer Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates winning his match against U.S. golfer Steve Stricker to retain the Ryder Cup for Europe on the 18th green during the 39th Ryder Cup singles golf matches at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, September 30, 2012. (REUTERS)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

Well, there you go golf fans.

Here's hoping you enjoyed the greatest Ryder Cup in modern history.

Because buckle in, the next few months are about to become nuclear winter for meaningful golf.

Heck, just this week it's the storied Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Didn't we get enough of Timberlake last week? That poetry thing he did at the Ryder Cup opening ceremony was weak. Shouldn't he stick to singing, or dancing, or acting, or none of the above?

We kid, but after the thriller at Medinah over the weekend, it's tough to get amped up for the PGA Tour's Fall Series, tournaments devoid of much meaning unless you're into following guys looking to keep their cards, or like to follow the Canadians, or both.

Calgary's Stephen Ames is playing and so is David Hearn of Brantford, Ont. Hearn is in good stead, well inside the top-125 on the PGA Tour money list, while Ames is lagging at 205 with just $183,236 in earnings this season.

Sure, there are a few major winners in the field, but they're of the John Daly, Trevor Immelman and Justin Leonard ilk.

How long do you think it will take before Leonard is being asked questions about the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline? He was the hero, sinking the putt that won the match for the U.S., the biggest comeback in the event's history ... until now.

Which brings us back to the point here. The 2012 Ryder Cup was so good, being contested by more of the world's top players than ever before -- let's remember that 20 years ago, no one but the hardcore golf fan had heard of the fifth ranked European team member -- that we might as well call it a season until sometime next spring.

Maybe in 13 years, someone will be asking Martin Kaymer about his Cup-clinching putt, but we need some time to let this one sink in.

It was all the talk around Chicago Monday, the hangover as fresh as those of the European players, some of whom were drunk on euphoria, and other libations, at their Sunday night media conference.

A lady of a certain age mimed choking at a breakfast place and before anyone could move in to assist, she made it clear she was describing the performances of Americans Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, declaring them too old for Ryder Cup play.

On radio, those in-your-face Americaan sports stations were lamenting the loss for "their boys," (don't worry, there was a fair bit of cheering Sunday night in the media centre from the European press, to which Canadians apparently belong in the eyes of the PGA of America). But even one such over-the-top stars and stripes jock admitted Englishman Ian Poulter's undefeated spectacle was "pretty clutch."

Cor Blimey!

People, mostly spurned Americans, will debate whether U.S. captain Davis Love III should have ridden the dynamic duo of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley on that fateful Saturday afternoon, rather than rest them, while Poulter gave renewed hope to his badly outplayed European brethren.

Other questions?

Whether Furyk or Stricker were worthy of captain's picks over young stars Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler.

Whether the order in which Love put his players out in singles could have altered the eventual outcome.

But that's an exercise in futility akin to wondering if a different outcome in the War of 1812 could somehow have allowed Canadians to play for the Ryder Cup.

All of those dalliances will fade with the din of history.

The 2012 Ryder Cup will take its place amongst the greatest to be played.

Until then, we bring you the Fall Series.

tim.mckay@sunmedia.ca


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