U.S. Captain Corey Pavin kept a close eye on both European Captain Colin Montgomerie and the Ryder Cup on Monday at Celtic Manor. (Getty Images)
Monday Notebook: Hosting Ryder Cup a remarkable achievement for Wales
By Bob Denney, PGA of America
NEWPORT, Wales – So, how will the United States and Europe match up this weekend in the 38th Ryder Cup? The answer will come Sunday evening, as the duel will be decided on the course, and we will learn if America can snap a 17-year road losing streak.
Just how well host Wales will fare after staging the most compelling event in golf will be determined in the days, months and perhaps years after the bleachers, pavilions and leader boards are dismantled.
The 38th Ryder Cup is Oct. 1-3, at The Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort near the city of Newport.
According to Ryder Cup Wales Chairman John Jermine, the arrival of the event after years of planning makes it a remarkable achievement for the diminutive country.
“Wales, an old country with a wonderful history but with an Assembly Government in its infancy, wanted to host major events to develop its international profile and to boost the economy,” said Jermine, “and it would never be possible to host an event bigger than the Ryder Cup.
“The economic return would be driven by increasing golfing tourism and, in the longer term, by raising Wales’ global profile and helping to attract inward investors,” he added. “It had to benefit the whole of Wales, not just South East Wales and the whole population, not just golfers.”
SUPERSIZE ME: Some things in the Ryder Cup just keep growing, and that includes the amenities of the Media Center.
The massive video board, measuring 10 feet high and 45 feet long, was designed by Creative Technologies of London. The board uses 10 separate rear projectors and will feature three separate broadcast feeds -- ESPN, SKY and NBC -- with 1,023 media representatives representing 20 countries listening in on headphones at each working station.
I GOT IT: Following a joint news conference between the opposing captains Monday afternoon, U.S. Captain Corey Pavin was spotted holding the Ryder Cup in his lap as he was escorted by golf cart back to the resort and the USA Team Room.
“Keeping as tight a grip on this as I can,” said Pavin, with a big smile.
HOME-COURSE ADVANTAGE?: The home-course advantage scenario has been replayed over and over with Montgomerie.
“You’re probably aware that there's a so-called home-course advantage that can be used to a home team,” said Montgomerie. “On this occasion, I haven't played around with the golf course at all. This golf course is set up in a very, very fair manner to allow the best team to win. I don't think it was right to set the course up in any other way than to what it's been designed for; it's a great, great golf course and it's in super condition.”