Most Crazed Celebration In A Leading Role Award
Goes to Keegan Bradley. Who would have thought the quiet mild mannered American would transform into a crazed, fist pumping, eye bulging maniac in matchplay? Nearly burst a blood vessel celebrating a tap in on day two. Makes Ian Poulter’s celebration look like a funeral procession.
Dunt Of The Week Award
Goes to Nicolas Colsaerts birdie putt on the par three 17th late in the opening day fourballs. Nico had carried Lee Westwood all day and things were getting tight with a resurgent Tiger Woods applying the pressure. With Woods in to four foot for a certain birdie, Colsaerts canned his birdie putt from all the way across the green to pave the way for the most unlikely of European points. The Belgian shot a 10 under round of 62. Justin Rose’s 35 foot birdie putt on 17 in the singles to square his match with Phil Mickelson wasn’t bad either!
Stunt Of The Week Award
Gambling is for the most part punishable by incarceration in America but that didn’t stop Paddy Power figuring there might be some Europeans watching and executing a perfectly timed day two Ryder Cup stunt involving pilots writing pro European messages in the sky above Medinah. The messages comprised of tweets sent by members of the public to PaddyPower. Examples included Rors Is Gonna Getcha, and Where’s Tiger Gone? Jose Maria Olazabal was taken aback by the messages and said during a TV interview that he was trying to find out who was behind it. The smoke letters, emitted by five planes using a pre programmed computer software were 200 foot tall and cost PaddyPower in the tens of thousands of Euros. The planes flew silently above the first tee at 10,000ft so as not to disturb the players. I think it’s called “stealth marketing”!
C*nt Of The Week Award
Goes to Colin Montgomerie who, to stay out of the limelight, worked for both Sky Sports and American TV as a commentator. Delivered the kind of slimy, patronizing, puke inducing, self absorbed tripe you would only otherwise hear on The Apprentice.
Got his stuck tongue caught up Jack Nicklaus’ ass at one stage too and David Livingstone had the terrible job of pulling it back out. Luckily Nicklaus put Monty in his place saying ‘You’ve got to win some majors to be rated,’ before adding: ‘Oh, sorry Colin!’
Worst Van Damme Timezone Jumping Award
Goes to Rory McIlroy who beat Keegan Bradley in the singles but not before some major drama. He arrived at the course just 11 minutes before his tee time after getting confused between time zones. McIlroy had read that his match was at 12:25 p.m unaware that it was listed in Eastern time, not Central time. Noticing his absence European officials rang his mobile phone to tell he was on the first in 25 minutes. Luckily a state trooper provided an escort to get him to the course on time. ''It's my own fault,'' McIlroy said. ''If I let down these 11 other boys and vice captains and captains this week, I would never forgive myself. I'm just obviously happy to get the point and help the cause out a little bit today.'' After the win, Olazabal,for a joke, presented McIlroy with a clock in a priceless moment.
Best Outfit Award
No surprises here in that this goes to the European Team’s final day garb. Everything is meticulously planned at the Ryder Cup and the European Team were inspired to victory by their navy and white outfits, the colours always worn by Seve in the final round of Majors. A perfectly fitting tribute to the legend.
Most Bizarre Tee Shot Award
Goes to Bubba Watson who actively encouraged the huge crowd gathered around the first tee to keep roaring and cheering as he was hitting his opening tee shot. Samuel Ryder must have turned in his grave as Bubba made like an Olympic long jumper and encouraged the crowd to roar as he teed off.
The trend caught on and Ian Poulter revved up the European supporters to do the same on day two. We could be looking at a new Ryder Cup tradition here!
Worst Outfit Award
I’ll let the picture do the talking here
Best Dressed Fan Award
They say you can go anywhere in the world and still come across a man wearing with a Mayo jersey. We spotted this rather hirsute creature at the Ryder Cup wearing a trendy Genfitt Mayo shirt from the nineties and clutching what appears to be an Italian Flag!
The Sports Personality Award
There has been a mountain of material written about the Ryder Cup but the contribution from Kevin Garside made me chuckle. He suggested that, because its an Olympic year it looks unlikely that Ian Poulter will win the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year award, they should introduce a brand new category called the “Poulter Passion Award” to recognize his achievement. I’d vote for that!
Best Group Dance Whilst Wearing Mad Men Jackets Award
Again competition was hotly contested in this category where the funniest bit is in the title. Goes to Europe funnily enough with the Special Don Draper award for best dancing going to GMac!