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    baxter cepeda

    So they should just give US 4 points already for spieth /Thomas and Xman /radar man (Cantlay)

    Of course not.

    In Match play the higher ranked (best players) don’t always win, but the more clutch players usually do; clutch players are not always the higher ranked players.

    Some guys roll out of bed and contend and get top 10s but struggle to win while other guys don’t contend often but when they do they win; Those are the guys You want. IMO.

    Btw I disagree on Phil and tiger: they both should play at least one more Ryder Cup imo.

    The worst thing the US can do is expect their power duos to win it on day one; that puts pressure and it simply won’t happen. The US need not focus on winning it before singles; but making sure they don’t lose it early.

    If as a team they can simply not lose it day 1 and 2 it’s on.

    I do agree those two duos should play foresomes. After that it gets tricky for the US With so many bombers whom are not always the most steady or clutch.

    We know one thing; Europe still has a lot of clutch Ryder cup players and their new guys like Hovland are scary clutch in match play.

    The vibes are getting more positive for US. But those will be tested early and often.

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      Tom Edrington

      Had a great conversation with a friend (and 14-time PGA Tour winner) this afternoon and he pointed out that a bunch of guys on this US team haven’t won a point in RC competition yet. I think Capt. Stricksie needs points out of JT/Jordy and X-man/Cantlay….on day one, they need to win at least three of four possible points to set the tone….I didn’t say “give” the US anything, Stricks needs for them to get after it if indeed they are the first two eams out for the USA on Friday morning……obw, just posted the new feature and gets into a little more detail…..

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