Graeme McDowell thinks the Ryder Cup shouldn’t be a biennial affair anymore. The Ulsterman thinks it should be every three years instead — because the American side is too worn out playing a team competition every year.
The American side has a lot of carryovers — seven from the 2012 team to this one — between Ryder Cups, much less between the Presidents Cup, which alternates years with the U.S.-Europe series.
“I’ve spoken to a few of [the American players], and they are of the belief that this needs to be every three years so that they can play a Ryder Cup and a Presidents Cup and have a year off,” said McDowell on Tuesday.
McDowell agrees, as he wants to face as strong of an opponent as possible.
“I would be a supporter of that,” he said. “I think for their level of engagement, they need that, because when you look at the Tigers and Phils and Strickers and Furyks who have played eight, nine, 10, 12 of these in a row, they do lose their shine. This event has become such a global spectacle and such a huge passion, emotional week, we want them to be as into it as we are, and I believe that they have a team this week that will be into it as much as we are.”
The event could be every five years, but if the Americans continue to lose seven out of every nine Ryder Cups, there won’t be many Americans — players or fans — into the competition.