Bunker Mentality

  • Ryder Cup set for record comeback… or record defeat

    Ian PoulterIt all started with Dustin Johnson - but it finished, for now, with Ian Poulter.

    When  big-hitting American Johnson duffed a bunker shot on 16 to hand the hole, and an all-square scoreline, to Nicolas Colsaerst and Paul Lawrie, Bunker Mentality genuinely began to believe that one of the great comebacks in the history of the Ryder Cup is on the cards.

    An hour before, with three matches going inexorably the way of the Americans and Tiger Woods beginning to roar back in the fourth, it seemed that the only thing left to be decided at Medinah was the margin of victory.

    But as Colsaerts and

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  • Europe given taste of their own Ryder medicine

    After the first nine holes of the Ryder Cup, everything was going to plan. Europe were up in all four of the opening foursomes matches, and it felt like the beginning of another heroic victory in the making.

    Four hours later, the scoreboard was coloured red and all Bunker Mentality could think was: "Ahhh, so this is what it feels like."

    It actually made BM feel sorry for the Americans. This was the exact sort of drubbing that European golfers have regularly inflicted on Americans over the past three decades of the Ryder Cup. And wow, how bad did it feel to be on the wrong side of it.

    What made

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  • Stricker escapes freak injury ahead of Ryder Cup

    Steve Stricker

    Steve Stricker almost became the first player to miss Ryder Cup play through injury in 21 years after his golf cart lost control on a practice round.

    The American was on a steep slope near Medinah's 17th green when his cart played up, leading Stricker to leap from the cart as it slid sideways down the wet slope.

    "I felt it going, and I decided to abandon ship," Stricker said. "I think the cart actually ended up doing about a 360 spin before it stopped.

    "My caddie (Jimmy Johnson) also jumped out. My clubs were kind of all over the place, but no-one got hurt, which was good."

    The last player to

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  • We compare the European and US Ryder Cup teams, head-to-head, and rate each player's chance of success this weekend at Medinah.

    Scroll down to see which team is our predicted winner!

    Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)

    Rory McIlroyAge: 23

    World ranking: 1

    European Tour wins: 4

    Major wins: 2

    Previous Ryder Cups: 1 (2010)

    Ryder Cup record (wins-defeats-halves): 1-1-2

    Profile: Won his first title in 2009 then clinched his first Major in record fashion at the 2011 US Open by eight shots. Went to world number one for the first time in 2012 and won his second Major at last month's US PGA Championship, also by

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  • European bags pay tribute to Seve

    European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal unveiled his team's golf bags for the biennial competition this week

    This is a tournament tradition that usually doesn't warrant much fanfare: after all, we're talking about a golf bag with the word 'Europe' plastered on the side and the Ryder Cup logo on the front. Pretty basic stuff.

    But this year's Ryder Cup unveiling was special for one particular reason: Europe's bag has a silhouette of the late Seve Ballesteros - who passed away last year - on the front, doing his iconic fist pump after he holed the winning putt at the 1984 Open

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  • For European golf fans, watching the Ryder Cup over the last couple of decades has usually been like watching a big-budget movie thriller. There's thrills, spills and drama, but in the end you can enjoy the whole spectacle pretty safe in the knowledge that the good guys will win in the end.

    Sure, there have been the odd deviations from the script - as in 1999 at Brookline or at Valhalla four years ago - but in those cases there has always been a sequel to restore the natural order.

    This time, though, things look very different. The Americans are not just favourites, but strong favourites, with

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  • The US Ryder Cup star you can root for

    Golf is hardly the most tribal of sports but patriotism does get into full swing when the Ryder Cup comes along.

    This weekend we are not British, Irish, Spanish or Belgian but instead European as we look to cheer Jose Maria Olazabal's men on to victory.

    However, often times the great pleasure in the Ryder Cup is not such much in seeing Europe win, but rather seeing America lose, and in the past their players have given us plenty of reasons not to like them.

    That cannot be said about Brandt Snedeker though.  The American won (financially) the biggest prize in golf last weekend when he won the

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  • Who’s in form for the Ryder Cup?

    Europe's Lee Westwood finished dead last in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf ClubWith all of the American Ryder Cup team and most of the European line-up in attendance at the Tour Championship, we take a look at how the challengers fared at East Lake ahead of the biennial matchplay tournament.

    You should also check out the five things we learned from the Tour Championship and further analysis from the tournament with an eye on the Ryder Cup here.

    Riding high

    Brandt Snedeker, of course, is carrying huge momentum from his near-flawless victory into the Ryder Cup.

    His Sunday playing partner, Justin Rose, can also claim some juice from a finish that was very close to Snedeker

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  • Five things we learned from the Tour Championship

    Brandt Snedeker's putter the difference at East Lake — It doesn't matter how hot driver faces get from here on out, leading the field in putting for the week will always give you the best chance to take home the big cheque on Sunday afternoon. Case in point: Brandt Snedker, who was the hottest putter in the game coming into the Tour Championship. He once again proved that having the best flatstick at East Lake is the way to go if you have aspirations of winning the final event of the FedExCup. Snedeker led the field in strokes gained putting (1.676) for the week and finished inside the top-3

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  • The madcap magic of Medinah

    Medinah CCMedinah Country Club, set out in a vast, sprawling piece of land in a Chicago suburb, is one of the strangest yet most fantastic venues in the world of golf. The men who created this unique club were inspired in equal measure by the mystical and the magnificent, and that seems to have rubbed off on the golf championships which have taken place here.

    We look at the top five things that have made Medinah so magical over the years.

    What's in a name?

    Almost every golf club in the world is named after one of three things: the course location, some striking feature of the local environment or -

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