Mark O’s Ryder Cup Preview

Looking Ahead To Upcoming Ryder Cup in Chaska, MN

It’s golf’s Super Bowl and its right in Minnesota starting Friday when Hazeltine plays host to golf’s most grand event, The Ryder Cup.

Preparation started after the PGA in 2009 when the greens and fairways were all re-seeded and a brand new clubhouse was built.

When former Westward Ho assistant pro Rich Beem won the PGA in 2002, it was hard to imagine a golf tournament being more significant in these parts. Hazeltine’s head pro Chandler Withington knows this is it for his course.

“When I think you’re hosting something this big it’s more about what it means to the state of Minnesota because it is an honor. It only happens every four years in the United States,” said Withington.

It’s actually the only time that Hazeltine will host the Ryder Cup.

As for the players and even coaches, there’s plenty of reason to be nervous. It’s a whole different animal.

“It’s our Super Bowl. There’s a lot of buildup and Friday morning the first tee shot of the Ryder Cup is like your last shot into the last hole of a major championship,” said USA Team Captain Davis Love.

Speaking of Super Bowls, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught a touchdown pass in the great atmosphere he’s played in when US Bank Stadium recently opened.

He’s really pumped for the Ryder Cup.

“We feel like we have the best sports fans in the country and possibly the world. To bring an event here that will be broadcast world-wide and showcase what we have to offer, it’s exciting,” said Rudolph.

Nothing would be more exciting than to snap Europe’s winning streak and create memories like Tom Lehman and his teammates did back in 1999.

It would make Arnie very happy indeed.