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5 Reasons Why 2020 Ryder Cup Will Be Awesome

December 19, 2019
Ryder Cup

1. Tiger’s Back

After a phenomenal 2019 season with Tiger winning the Masters and playing and coaching the U.S.A. Presidents Cup team to a spectacular comeback victory in Australia, Woods is primed and ready to bring his magical powers to Ryder Cup 2020. He currently sits No. 4 in the rankings, however, even if he doesn’t qualify, it’s likely he’ll be selected as a Captain’s Pick. After all, he’s healthy, he’s won 15 majors and he’s a close buddy to Captain Steve Stricker. Having Tiger back as an integral part of Team U.S.A. will add lots of buzz and anticipation for this Ryder Cup.

2. Fantastic Venue

Designed by Pete Dye, the links style course will test the players with giant sand dunes, 500 bunkers and 14 water hazards. It requires a wide variety of shots and when the wind blows hard, a creative ground game is needed to score well. For spectators, it’s truly an inspiring setting and wonderful course to walk and watch.  Routed along two miles of stunning Lake Michigan coastline, the Straits has 8 scenic holes that play along the water. There will be some fantastic finishes to many of the matches as the final stretch of holes are high-risk, high-reward designs.

3. A Formidable European Team

The current points leader for Europe is Jon Rahm followed by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy. All three are terrific Ryder Cup performers and others who could be key to Europe retaining the Cup are Danny Willett, who’s back on his game after a couple of down years, and upstart Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrell Hatton. Rahm, who beat Tiger Woods 2-1 in their singles match at the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, has a competitive fire similar to his idols and Ryder Cup icons Sergio Garcia and Seve Ballesteros. While the U.S.A. team typically has more highly ranked players than the Europe, that edge is often offset by a fiercely focused and determined European team, which will be led by passionate Captain Padraig Harrington in 2020.

4. Captain Steve Stricker

One of the most well-liked players on the PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour, Stricker is the perfect choice to captain Team U.S.A. in 2020. He was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin and lives in Madison, about 100 miles from Kohler. His smile and deliberate demeanor camouflage Stricker’s fierce competitiveness and nobody probably wants to win the Ryder Cup more on Wisconsin soil than Captain Steve. He’s been vice-captain at the past two Ryder Cups and served as vice-captain at the 2015 Presidents Cup. In 2017, he captained the U.S.A. Presidents Cup team to a convincing 19 to 11 victory over the International team.

5. Wisconsin Food, Drink and Hospitality

An absolute certainty is that attendees at Ryder Cup 2020 will not go away hungry. From sizzling, grilled brats and butter burgers to fried cheese curds and beer cheese soup, Wisconsin has some of the best comfort food on the planet. Wisconsin is known for its beer, too, and you’ll find a plethora of microbreweries for tours and tastings. Chances are, you’ll spend some time in Milwaukee, which is located 55 miles from Kohler. Some of the top steakhouses in Milwaukee are Five O’clock Steakhouse, Eddie Martini’s, Mo’s “A Place For Steaks” and Carnevor.