It may be peculiar how much the Ryder Cup matters, but it does. "Honestly, I think we're just tired of being told that we haven't won in a while," Jordan Spieth said at his press conference Tuesday. Before that, it had been nine years. European players get asked about their Ryder Cup triumphs; American players get asked about their Ryder Cup shortcomings.
The title of Arnold Palmer's final memoir that's due out in a few weeks is called A Life Well Played, which couldn't be more appropriate, especially now in light of his passing Sunday at age 87. "His shoulder never healed and it started a bit of a downward spiral," his personal assistant for 50 years, Doc Giffin, tells PEOPLE. Palmer, the winner of 62 PGA Tour titles and seven major championships, could no longer play the game he loved so much, the game that had given the greenskeeper's son from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, so much.
The Ryder Cup is all about fire, passion, and boldness, and with the competition due to kick off on Friday, it seems some of those emotions have transferred over to the Golf Channel. Speaking on Live Extra Tuesday, Brandel Chamblee and David Duval began discussing leadership on Ryder Cup teams. Chamblee went in hard on some of the disappointing Ryder Cup records of golf's biggest name players, like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Duval said that it wasn't entirely their fault, and things spiraled on from there.