Wyndham Clark: "Olympics better than Ryder"

“If all goes well, all four of us can try to get a spot on the podium and bring some medals to the United States to help prevail in the final medal table"

by Andrea Gussoni
Wyndham Clark: "Olympics better than Ryder"
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A week ago the members of Team USA who will take part in the men's Olympic tournament in Paris were announced. The four players who, based on the dedicated ranking, will take to the field at Le Golf National are Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa and Wyndham Clark.

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Well, as part of the interviews on the sidelines of the Travelers' Championship, Clark shared his thoughts with the press regarding the call-up he received. “If all goes well, all four of us can try to get a spot on the podium and bring some medals to the United States to help prevail in the final medal table”.

“Yes, it's really beautiful. This is probably the coolest team I've been a part of, for sure”. So far it's all understandable, who wouldn't be excited about being called up to the Olympics? But Clark went further.

“The Ryder Cup is one of the most important events in the world of golf, but now comes the golf tournament at the Olympics, which is probably even more important, because you get to represent your country at a very high level”.

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 European 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 in odd-numbered years. For Europe, British golf courses have historically always been chosen, with the exception of the editions of: 1997, played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, 2018 played in Saint-Quentin-en -Yvelines (France) and, lastly, in 2023, which was held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).

Due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the scheduled edition of the Ryder Cup was played the following year, consequently moving the competition to even years, until the 2018 edition. The following tournament, scheduled for 2020, was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus moving the Ryder Cup to odd years again.

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