The Gleneagles course isn’t the longest, but Jack Nicklaus has done a great job redesigning it. He’s created a tricky little course that dramatically favors a skillful shortgame. For this reason, Cleveland Golf pulled all the shortgame data they could find on the 24 participants and pitted them against each other. The results were shocking, showing that the American squad has a distinct advantage.
So now we will have to wait to find out if home turf advantage is the largest of all variables or if the Americans can continue playing at a high level and return the cup home for the first time in four years.
To make things fun, Cleveland Golf is running a competition (free to enter) where, after educating yourself with this infographic, you can predict the final score of this year’s Ryder Cup. Correct predictions will be entered to win a US or Europe styled custom wedge (correct prediction required to qualify). Entries can be submitted via social media using the hashtag #Score4theCup or online.