Artist J. Fitzpatrick Looks Back at the Ryder Cup

Another great Ryder Cup , where again, golf has emerged as #1

The Sunday singles matches could not have been scripted by Hollywood writers. All square; one up; all square; one down; all square again. The blue and red on the scoreboard was changing so fast it was a purple blur!!!! The matches were close, so close like a Michael Phelps photo finish. Both teams had a 13th player.

The Americans had the fans…..soooo many fans…they were everywhere…they were phenomenal….they were CRAZY!!!!!! The Europeans had Seve. He too was everywhere. On the shirts…on the bags…but especially in the minds and hearts of every Euro-player. As slim as the difference was…that may have been it….SEVE. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

There really were no losers here. All the participants were winners, true champions and so very, very lucky to have been a part of such a great and gritty Ryder Cup performance, perhaps the best ever! Congratulations to all.

I stopped ” Ollie” in his captain’s cart, leaving a practice round on Wednesday as he headed to the media room for an interview. I showed him this image, he looked, hesitated, then took off. As he left I said, “I’d like you to have this.” He stopped his cart, came back and looked a little longer. Then, he carefully rolled up the print, looked up (I swear with a tear in his eye). I patted him on the shoulder and said, “He’s here.” Then Ollie drove off.

I wrote down my thoughts right after the matches a week ago, and shared them in my newsletter. A couple of nights ago, one of my Facebook friends shared an article from the Oct. 1st Sports Illustrated issue by captain Davis Love III, “I’ll take the blame for the U.S.’s stunning loss in the Ryder Cup, but it’s still the highlight of my career” written Sunday evening in the team room as he gathered his thoughts on “what just happened” at the matches.

To me, four things really standout in captain Love’s article, and maybe help define the true meaning of the Ryder Cup and golf. Thank you captain Davis Love III!

  1. “Golf is better now than it was last week.”
  2. “I believe the soul of Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria’s mentor and the greatest of all Ryder Cuppers, who died last year at age 54, truly inspired Europe on Sunday. There were tributes to Seve, who played golf as an artist and a matador, in the sky, on the yardage books and on the golf bags and uniforms of the European players.”
  3. “There was Poulter, the Englishman whose eyes look like they would pop out of his head if he got any more excited. He gets under your skin, but there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s Ryder Cup golf. Seve was the same way. Poulter went 4-0 last week. We couldn’t stop him.”
  4. And last , but best of all…to his team captain Love writes, “Being your captain has been the greatest honor of my golfing life.”
Here are some photos from the trip:

Today’s blog entry was reprinted with permission from J. Fitzpatrick. For 30 years now, Jim Fitzpatrick has been turning creative concepts surrounding golf into finished works of art. Golfers, Golf Clubs, Events, Decorators, and Corporations have embraced Jim’s works using them for tee gifts, incentive awards, prizes, special thank-you’s,  wall décor, and much more. Players like Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Billy Casper, Peter Jacobsen, Nick Faldo, Chi-Chi Rodriquez, and more all own Jim’s work. His subjects include the Who’s Who of Golf, from Old Tom Morris to Tiger Woods.

Besides producing numerous exclusive sculptures for fine clubs, events and a few new original paintings, Jim spends much of his time painting every day golfers into his classic golf scenes. He is also well known for his fine pencil drawings of golfing greats, or even your active child.

Please call 916-677-2442 with any questions or click to learn more about what Jim and his design team can do for you.

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