Explained: Why Do the European Ryder Cup Players Have Numbers on Their Bags?


The 2021 Ryder Cup will get underway in just some days in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. Each groups are nicely ready and all the things appears to be in place. Nonetheless, if you happen to look carefully on the newest European crew footage, you might need seen a tiny further element.

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Every member has a quantity stitched onto their bag. Clearly, on first look, they seem like completely random. Nonetheless, the distinctive numbers carry a sweet- and brilliant- message.

Assigning to every European Ryder Cup participant, a singular place in historical past

European captain Padraig Harrington confirmed a motivational video to his squad just a few days in the past. They shared the video on the web for all to see. Mainly, it glorifies the European Ryder crew and upholds its rarity. It states that solely 164 folks have performed within the Ryder Cup earlier than. As compared, 570 folks have been into house, 5780 have climbed the Mount Everest and 225 golfers have received a significant title.

 

Therefore, every participant who has a spot in these 164 folks has a quantity. It signifies the place every member of the crew stands within the historic timeline. Lee Westwood, quickly to play his eleventh Cup, has been assigned the 118th quantity owing to his expertise. In distinction, rookie Bernd Wiesberger is quantity 164, the final member to be chosen.

‘It’s an honour’- Sergio Garcia on enjoying the Cup

James Corrigan on the Ryder Cup Radio on SiriusXM talked about the place Harrington might need had conceived the thought from. He says that quite a lot of sports activities like cricket and Rugby have been following this technique of numbers. “Padraig’s an enormous rugby fan,” provides Corrigan, assuming that’s the place his motivation got here from.

 

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Sergio Garcia, who’s showing for the tenth time on the biennial cup stated, “I’ve all the time identified that being part of the Ryder Cup crew may be very troublesome, however I didn’t know that solely that little quantity of gamers have made it. So, that confirmed you the way troublesome it truly is. That’s why each time I’m part of a crew or the remainder of our teammates, that’s why we give it the respect that it deserves, as a result of it’s so troublesome to be part of it.”

Aug 27, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Sergio Garcia strains up a putt on the primary gap through the second spherical of the BMW Championship golf event. Necessary Credit score: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports activities

He added, “It’s an honor, and we deal with it like that.”

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