Patrick Cantlay: "I'm flexible for team needs"


Patrick Cantlay: "I'm flexible for team needs"
Patrick Cantlay: "I'm flexible for team needs" © Getty Images Sport - Jamie Squire / Staff

"Team USA captain Zach Johnson went out of his way to make us feel comfortable, and for everyone to be flexible with the needs of the team. Whatever the captain decides, I will do." Word of Patrick Cantlay, one of the players of the USA team in the '23 Ryder Cup and number 5 in the world ranking.

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"Do I like the formula of the Ryder Cup? I've only played one, but yes I like it, the pace of play, it's very exciting. All the players know they can make their contribution", concludes the Californian, 8 victories in the PGA Tour.

Regarding the criticisms of 'slow play' (i.e. taking too long to finish a shot, ed.) received in the past, Cantlay assures "not to think about it". The competition, named after the trophy donated by Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America.

From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw. Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979.

Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.

The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on the two continents: British golf courses have always been chosen for Europe, with the exception of the 1997 edition, which was played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros , the 2018 one, which was played in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), and the 2023 one, which will be played at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).

After the 1999 edition, due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the Ryder Cup was always staged in even years until the 2018 edition.

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