Two stats that will shock you about Europe and USA ahead of Ryder Cup

Think Team USA hit it further than Team Europe on average and hit more errant tee shots? You might want to think again ahead of the 2023 Ryder Cup...

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Wed, 6 Sep 2023
Two stats that will shock you about Europe and USA ahead of Ryder Cup

If you find yourself down the pub this weekend and the subject of Ryder Cup comes to the fore, you might just want to inform your pals of these interesting two stats heading into the Rome clash. 

Now it's probably fair to assume the majority of golf fans would consider the 12 players in the United States Ryder Cup team hit the ball a lot further than those on the European Ryder Cup team.

It's also fair to assume the majority would consider European players are much more accurate than American players. 

Both of those assumptions would be true at any other Ryder Cup down the years.

But not in 2023. 

You can now flip the switch. 

Ok, Brian Harman is a US Ryder Cup debutant, which likely tips the scales...

According to Golf Digest's director of content Jamie Kennedy, who has crunched the stats, Team USA average 305.6 yards compared to Team Europe's average of 308.5 yards

Team USA then find 60.3% of the fairways off the tee, while Team Europe find 59.7%

While small margins, interesting observations nevertheless ahead of the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Long, accurate driving will be the order of the three days at Marco Simone, which makes it even more peculiar as to why DP World Tour strokes-gained off the tee leader Adrian Meronk was shunned one of Donald's six picks in the team earlier this week.

Not to mention he won the Italian Open at Marco Simone in May. 

Kennedy tweeted:

"Interesting dynamic for this year's Ryder Cup...
"Narrative: 'US team is longer than Europe'
"Fact: US team averages 306.5, Europe 308.5
"Narrative: 'Europeans are more accurate'
"Fact: Europe's driving accuracy is 59.7%, US 60.3%"

One golf fan responded:

"If you take Rory McIlroy out and divide by 11, do the yanks lead in distance and Europeans lead in accuracy?"

Kennedy replied:

"No, on either."

Kennedy then continued his observation by suggesting the new breed of European golfers such as McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg are now "modern" style players as opposed to old-school accurate "European players" in past Ryder Cups such as Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood

Kennedy added:

"My guess is that the PGA Tour's dominance in pro golf has eliminated the difference between the styles of play. 
"Gone are the days of the straight and steady Euros (Monty, Westy, Donald, Langer, Faldo, Stenson etc) vs the long Americans (Tiger, Phil, DJ, Bubba, DL3, Duval etc).
"The new breed of Europeans (Rory, Rahm, Hov, Ludvig) are 'modern' style players, not 'European' style golfers.
"Doesn't diminish the appeal of the Ryder Cup, just perhaps the perceived impact of course set-up."

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