Ryder Cup time

Friday, 28 September, 2018

Early hours at the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, southwest of Paris.

Ryder Tiger

Golf, like most sports, boxing excepted, has had a hard time convincing the movie-going public that it has a good story to tell. An honourable exception was Tin Cup, a 1996 film about a washed-up golf pro, Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy (Kevin Costner), working at a driving range who tries to qualify for the US Open to win the heart of his rival’s girlfriend. Costner had some good lines:

Roy McAvoy: “Yeah, to the gods. That he is fallible. That perfection is unobtainable. And now the weight begins shifting back to the left pulled by the powers inside the earth, it’s alive, this swing! A living sculpture and down through contact, always down, striking the ball crisply, with character. Such a pure feeling is the well-struck golf shot. And then the follow through to finish. Always on line. The reverse C of the Golden Bear! The steel workers’ power and brawn of Carl Sandburg’s Arnold Palmer!”

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