Like beef brisket, chili, Dr Pepper and Lone Star Beer, this year's United States Ryder Cup Team has a definite Texas flavor.
According to Texas-based golf writer Art Stricklin, no fewer than four players on the roster -- Jordan Spieth, Hunter Mahan, Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed -- all came from Texas junior golf programs.
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Seems like Texas has been at the forefront of Ryder Cup play for some time. Think about Justin Leonard's performance in 1999, with Ben Crenshaw captaining the team. Northern Texas PGA Executive Director Mark Harrison certainly remembers.
“When we last won the Ryder Cup in 2008, we had three former junior golfers from our Section on the team in Hunter, Chad Campbell and Justin Leonard, they played great and were instrumental," Harrison said. "When we won in 1999, Justin made the key putt on 17 at Brookline and Texan Ben Crenshaw was the captain.
"Texas has a storied history with the Ryder Cup and I’m confident that Jordan, Hunter, Jimmy and Patrick will continue that tradition this year.”
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Oh, and don't forget Lee Trevino and Jack Burke. And a couple of guys who won a few tournaments -- and Ryder Cups -- in their day: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson.
Of course, other states -- California and Georgia, for example -- can claim a pretty strong Ryder Cup connection in 2014. But since Texans are known for proudly promoting their state as the biggest and best, where would the fun be in pointing that out?
As they say in the South, "it ain't bragging if you can back it up."
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