Darren Clarke, Ted Bishop Stir Anticipation for 2016 Ryder Cup

December 28, 2015

Less than a year remains until the 2016 Ryder Cup, and two figures with plenty of experience in that realm were already heightening anticipation for the matches over the holiday weekend.

European captain Darren Clarke spent time in the Bahamas over the holidays but work wasn’t far from his mind. The 47-year-old tweeted multiple times in response to fans asking about the standings and the European Tour’s rules about membership, particularly in regards to Paul Casey, who is currently ranked 22nd in the world but will be ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup because he did not compete in enough European Tour events in 2015 to earn membership for 2016.

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But possibly more interesting was the following tweet from Clarke, declaring the European team as underdogs, and the ensuing response from former PGA of America president Ted Bishop.

It’s a smart move by Clarke to show respect to the opposing team and captain (Davis Love III). And it’s tough to argue that the “underdog” mindset is valuable in any team competition like the Ryder Cup. But alas, Bishop wasn’t buying it.