Meet the European Ryder Cup team's wives and families

There's plenty of bonding at the biennial event, and not just among the players.

Meet the European Ryder Cup team's wives and families

Certainly, the team aspect of the Ryder Cup makes this a spectacle like none other in golf, and while the teams get an opportunity to bond in atypical style, so do the wives and girlfriends, who are often in the spotlight during the biennial event.

Scottie Scheffler, eager to make his first appearance for the U.S. team in this week’s tournament at Whistling Straits, explained during Tuesday’s press conference how important spouses and partners can be.

“The wives and girlfriends are really involved, which I think is fun,” Scheffler said. “I think with everybody’s wives being there it’s very comfortable for everybody just to be in the team room hanging out, wives, girlfriends all getting to know each other as well as — I would say that’s probably better — the wives and girlfriends get to know each other because they don’t see each other on a daily basis, because we do.

“I’ve seen these 11 guys at the same events for the past two years, so I know all of them pretty well, but our wives don’t necessarily know each other.”

With the first tee shot fast approaching, here’s a look at the wives and families of the 2021 European Ryder Cup team. (Significant others for Viktor Hovland, Matt Fitzpatrick and Bernd Wiesberger were not included.)

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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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