Dissecting Team USA’s Ryder Cup Dinner Team Photo

February 26, 2016

Team USA is desperate for Ryder Cup redemption. 

After suffering another loss at the hands of the Europeans in 2014, the powers that be jumped into action. A task force was formed, Davis Love III was tabbed as captain (again), Tiger Woods was named a vice-captain. Things were happening. At this week’s Honda Classic, Love gathered the prospective team members (and some long-shot hopefuls) for a team-building dinner at Jack Nicklaus’ house. Nicklaus, who owns a 17-8-3 Ryder Cup record and played on six winning teams, no doubt regaled the team with anecdotes from victory parties and celebrations. (Something no player in the room has experienced more than once.) 

But enough preamble—to the group photo!

There’s so much going on here. Let’s start in the center, with Jamie Lovemark and Phil Mickelson.

Lovemark’s like, “Best! Night! Ever!” Phil’s like, “This kid better not ask me for my autograph.”

Duf just told Keegan he’s regretting that third bratwurst. 

Another mysterious Tiger sighting. Dude’s fast becoming golf’s Loch Ness Monster.

Brian Harman can’t quite decide if he belongs. Kevin Kisner just realized he forgot to DVR The Big Bang Theory. 

Billy Horschel is living up to his rep as the happiest guy on Tour. Chris Kirk is dressed for a Pearl Jam concert, and he’s taking Jack with him. (Refer to group photo, above.) 

Wait, these guys are pro golfers?

The GOAT is just sitting there thinking how it all came to this. His generation didn’t need pep rallies; they just went out and kicked butt.