Ryder Cup highs and lows: Jon Rahm stands out in Europe and the first tee will remain in the memory for a long time

Highs and lows in Derek Lawrenson’s Ryder Cup: Jon Rahm is Europe’s most standout player, the first tee will linger in the memory for a long time and Steve Stricker should have warned the partisan crowd of booing











HIGHHS

first tee

The first tee on Friday morning is always special. This one produced the best few minutes I can remember.

At dawn, a few spectators had started playing an a cappella rendition of the American national anthem, and soon joined the lucky 3,000 others who had seats. It was in harmony and, with the sun rising in the background over Lake Michigan, very poignant.

Whistling Straits provided a stunningly picturesque backdrop for the 2021 Ryder Cup

Lambeau Field

A real sporty bucket list moment to watch the Green Bay Packers play. For a boy from Liverpool, the similarities to another football team representing the beating heart of a city were striking.

Not sure about the aluminum bench seats, mind. Imagine sitting there in December when the temperature is comfortably in the minus double digits?

Jon Rahm

It says it all about his impact during the first two days that even the Americans cheered him on the first tee for singles. It was like reincarnating Seve. Insensitive to the crowd and using the punch for PGA Tour Player of the Year to show he is head and shoulders above the rest.

Jon Rahm was by far Europe's most outstanding player, finishing the Ryder Cup with 3.5 points

Jon Rahm was by far Europe’s most outstanding player, finishing the Ryder Cup with 3.5 points

The number 1 in the world won both his quartet matches together with his compatriot Sergio Garcia

The number 1 in the world won both his quartet matches together with his compatriot Sergio Garcia

LOWS

First tee boeing

A new tradition and let’s nip it in the bud right now. It was disappointing that Steve Stricker didn’t make it to the first tee and appeal to the fans; Lee Westwood needs to make a quiet mental note for his captaincy in Rome. That said, the European fans wouldn’t be booing the opposition would they?

ugly behavior

Justin Thomas is a much nicer guy than the madman who joined Daniel Berger on the first tee and handed out beer to the crowd. As for Brooks Koepka’s pursuit of two umpires, it should be written in the captain’s agreement that such conduct implies a loss of the hole.

Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger were criticized on Saturday for drinking beer on the first tee

Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger were criticized on Saturday for drinking beer on the first tee

concession spats

Why do we have to have histrionics if a short putt is not allowed?

Why not smash it in, take your complaint to the next tee and smash it down the middle for miles? I like Dustin Johnson’s attitude. He gave every putt under 1.60 meters and after two days was the only player with four points out of four.

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