Kevin Streelman: Team USA Needs More Passion to Win Ryder Cup

February 9, 2016

A number of new influences could prove to be the difference in winning and losing the 2016 Ryder Cup (think: task force, pre-named assistants, extended qualification period). One Tour pro thinks the solution is much simpler: passion.

According to Kevin Streelman, passion has been the difference between the Europeans and Americans throughout the last few Ryder Cups, as he discussed as a guest on the Podcast this week.

“It’s been a quandary of life why [the Americans] have struggled so much, but I think it’s passion,” Streelman said. “I think Europe has wanted to win a lot more than [Team USA] has. That needs to change if we’re going to win it.

“It’s not a talent issue. Look at the talent. They kill it in the Presidents Cup and have gotten their tails kicked in the Ryder cup, so obviously there’s something different there because the golfers are all pretty much the same golfers.”

Streelman would go on to share some excitement not only for his own prospects, but also about the passion of younger American players surrounding the event. From there the conversation delves into a great anecdote from Streelman’s time as a younger player on Tour playing in the final grouping with Tiger Woods.

Check that out in the podcast below.

You can find past episodes of the podcast on Soundcloud or at iTunes. Below are the last handful of episodes.

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Hank Haney on Greg Norman’s exit from FOX and coaching Tiger at his peak.

Harold Varner III on ife as a Tour rookie and why he enjoys dabbing on the course.

TaylorMade CEO David Abeles on the state of his company and golf equipment industry.

Golf commentator Mark Rolfing makes a comeback from Stage 4 cancer.