First point on the board for Europe? Inspiring Ryder Cup team video highlights rarity of the experience.

European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington is using this video to pump up his team. Take a look.

First point on the board for Europe? Inspiring Ryder Cup team video highlights rarity of the experience.

HAVEN, Wisc. – Team Europe might as well have just scored the first point of Ryder Cup week with its hype video.

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington showed his team a 2 minute, 33 second video titled, “We’re the 164,” that gave goose bumps to his team and has since been posted to social media.

There have been 5,780 people who have climbed Mount Everest, 570 have been to space, 445 won the World Cup, 353 European track and field Olympic gold medalists, and 225 men who have won a major. Only 164 men have had the privilege to wear the Team Europe crest in Ryder Cup competition.

The point being, as Lee Westwood, put it, “You have a far greater chance of going into space or climbing Mount Everest than you have representing Europe in the Ryder Cup.”

“When you sort of break it down like that, it’s a pretty small group and it’s pretty cool,” said Rory McIlroy. “That’s a pretty small group of players. I’m No. 144; I think Lee (Westwood, who made his debut in 1997) is No. 118. But then you just look at all the players before you, and you look at Bernd Wiesberger who’s making his debut this year who’s No. 164.”

In the video, numerous former European Ryder Cup stalwarts recite their numbers from Tony Jacklin (No. 64) to Sam Torrance (No. 94) to Darren Clarke (No. 115).

“It was very powerful. I didn’t know my number,” said Sergio Garcia, who is No. 120. “I’ve always known that being a part of the Ryder Cup team is very difficult, but I didn’t know that only that little amount of players have made it. So that showed you how difficult it really is.

“That’s why every time I’m a part of a team or the rest of our teammates, that’s why we give it the respect that it deserves, because it’s so difficult to be a part of it. It’s an honor, and we treat it like that.”

The video ends with the faces of nine former captains saying, “Make it count.”

If you’re a fan of Team Europe, your goosebumps have goosebumps.

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Ryder Cup key holes: Crosswinds could make this 'beguiling' par 3 a pivotal play

The par-3 12th at Whistling Straits may be short, but it offers a large challenge.

Ryder Cup key holes: Crosswinds could make this 'beguiling' par 3 a pivotal play

Perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, the 12th hole is a seemingly innocuous par 3, measuring a mere 143 yards, however, during the matches this week it will play more exacting than the yardage might indicate.

With the winds forecasted to be out of the west, this hole will play in a left to right crosswind, typically the most difficult wind for a right-hander. 

Any shot with a right to left shape will be fighting against the wind and controlling distance will be the most difficult obstacle the players will face.  Understanding the nuances here will be paramount to conquering this beautiful, but beguiling hole.

From the tee, the green perilously sits high above the lake, and the intimidation starts at that very moment. The players can clearly visualize what Pete Dye intended; any miss short and/or right will fall some 20-30 feet below the putting surface. This hole plays ever so slightly downhill and the front two-thirds of this green appears large, however, it will play much smaller depending on the hole location. 

The Puttview yardage book for Whistling Straits’ Straits Course, site of the Ryder Cup (Courtesy of Puttview)

The front-left corner has numerous knobs and humps to repel your ball from the hole and the back-middle of the green slopes away towards a cavernous bunker where golf balls will collect in a hurry, even with the slightest misjudgment of the wind. 

Whereas the front portion of the green has a little margin for error, the back-right area of the green (where we should see the hole for at least one or two sessions) is the size of a living room and has absolutely zero room for any mistake.

What ultimately makes the shortest par 3 at Whistling Straits so devilish will be the forecasted wind direction from the west, blowing at 10-20 miles per hour. To top it off, the large grandstand sitting on the back left of the green will aid in fooling players from the tee as the flag could lay limper than the actual wind velocity at the short-iron apex.

Several balls could be missed short right of the green in the aforementioned fall-offs, so we may see players playing more conservatively (especially in foursomes) given the petite length of the hole.   

We can’t wait to see how the Ryder Cup course setup team and Mother Nature challenges the players for all sessions this week, and this 12th hole will serve as a key in the final outcome.

Steve Scott is the Director of Instruction for Golfweek and the author of the book “Hey, Tiger – you need to move your mark back,” released earlier this year (Skyhorse Publishing, $19.99). It’s available at movethatback.com. Aside from leading our lessons, Scott is also the PGA head golf professional at the Outpost Club, founder of the Silver Club Golfing Society and a PGA Tour Live analyst.

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