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  • 12 Jun
    导出博客文章CHASKA, Minn. -- Momentum means everything at the Ryder Cup.Shot to shot, match
    to match, even era to era, its swung back and forth between the United States
    and Europe, sometimes at a glacial pace and occasionally with head-turning
    speed.This time, its the visitors who arrive with the wind at their backs.
    Europe has won the last three, six of the last seven and eight of the last
    10.But if the history of that small gold trophy that English seed merchant
    Samuel Ryder first put up for grabs in 1927 proves anything, its that momentum
    is hard to catch and even harder to hold onto.Here are five key swings in
    momentum at past Ryder Cups:1967: The finest golfers in the world.Golfers dont
    come any tougher or more taciturn than Ben Hogan. The United States had largely
    dominated Ryder Cup play in the preceding four decades -- against teams drawing
    players only from Great Britain and Ireland -- but captain Hogan must have
    sensed his side was about to step on the gas. He listened as counterpart Dai
    Rees introduced his team at length and in glowing terms to the audience at the
    Champions Golf Club in Houston. Then Hogan asked his team to stand, read their
    names and said simply: Ladies and gentlemen, the United States Ryder Cup team
    ... the finest golfers in the world. The Americans won 23+-8+ and kept their
    grip on the cup for the next eight matches in a row.---1987: First European
    victory on U.S. soilPlayers from continental Europe joined the fray in 1979 and
    first made their mark with a rare, lopsided home win at The Belfry in 1985. Many
    of the young golfers who would become Europes golden generation -- Seve
    Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Jose-Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam --
    were just hitting their stride. But they had to prove their mettle by scoring a
    first-ever win on U.S. soil -- at Muirfield Village, no less, on a course Jack
    Nicklaus designed. Trailing after two days, a U.S. charge in singles was blunted
    when Ben Crenshaw, frustrated by a missed putt, broke his putter in half and
    used his 1-iron or sand wedge on the greens the rest of the way. He lost to
    Irelands Eamonn Darcy on the final hole and Europe appeared to be set for a long
    run of success.---1991: War by the ShoreAmerican golf fans didnt care much about
    the Ryder Cup when their countrymen were dominating. But the galleries at the
    Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, for the War by the Shore let
    Europe know how much they wanted it back. Rowdy and close enough to the players
    on most holes to let those sentiments be heard in explicit terms, the matches
    came down to the final putt on the final hole of the final singles match between
    Langer and Hale Irwin. Langer missed a 6-footer for par and a chance to retain
    the cup.---1999: What are all those people doing on the green ?The swing in
    momentum at Kiawah turned out to be short-lived. The U.S. team won in 1993, but
    returned to Brookline Country Club after back-to-back losses in 1995 and 1997,
    and were down 10-6 heading into the final-day singles. Captain Crenshaw wagged
    his finger at reporters as he walked out of a news conference, saying Ive got a
    good feeling about this. In the team room that night, future U.S. President
    George W. Bush read the famed Victory or Death letter penned by Col. William
    Barrett Travis to the team. Americans won the first seven matches, Justin
    Leonard made a 45-foot birdie putt at the 17th green as teammates, caddies and
    even some wives stormed onto the green and soon after, the greatest final-day
    comeback in Ryder Cup history went into the books. Unfortunately for the U.S.
    team, this swing was even shorter-lived.---2012: It aint over until we say its
    over!Europe arrived on a roll, having won four of the last five. But back on
    home soil, it was the Americans who were rolling, leading 10-5 late Saturday and
    2-up in the last match on the course. But Englishman Ian Poulter had other
    ideas. He birdied the last five holes to make it 10-6 and a suddenly resurgent
    Europe mowed down the Americans 8 +-3 + in singles. German Martin Kaymer faced a
    6-footer -- the same length from which countryman Langer had missed almost 20
    years earlier -- to clinch the win. I did think about him, especially when I
    walked around the hole and read the putt from the other side, Kaymer said. He
    poured it into the cup.
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    night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach
    Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long.Leicesters nerves
    will be jangling but, despite Jamie Vardys suspension, they will find a way to
    claim three points against Swansea, says Jamie Redknapp... Leicester are in
    unchartered territory.Jamie Vardy has been their top scorer and their talisman
    this season. Hes played every league game and fired them to the top of the table
    with 22 goals. His suspension for this weekends game with Swansea is a massive
    blow. And the truth is, we dont know how Leicester are going to adjust.Their
    ability to soak up pressure and hit teams on the break is something theyve
    mastered this year. And hes been central to that success, with his pace
    unsettling the opposition. Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy (left)
    remonstrated with the referee against West Ham Boss Claudio Ranieri has options.
    He could bring in Jeff Schlupp or the pacey Demarai Gray. Or he could play
    Leonardo Ulloa or even Riyad Mahrez off Shinji Okazaki.But whoever he picks, it
    may be that Leicester need to play a bit more football on Sunday and move up the
    pitch in stages, rather than in the direct way they have previously. They might
    have to be a little bit more patient in their build-up. Options without Vardy
    With Jamie Vardy suspended, we look at Leicesters other attacking options But
    its not the end of the world for them. Vardys been playing so well but I still
    think its something they can cope with for this Swansea game.They will miss him
    more for the away game at Manchester United, should his ban be extended, because
    its in those games where hes been so effective on the break.Vardys suspension
    follows Leicesters dramatic 2-2 draw with West Ham. After five straight wins, we
    cant say that result is a blip. But its a nerve-jangler. Its like in the Grand
    National when a horse is going well and then it hits a fence. You dont know how
    the horse is going to react when they get to the next fence. This is
    life-changing. This is history in the making. How can Leicesters players not be
    nervous? Im nervous for them! Jamie Redknapp What will the reaction be from
    Leicester this weekend? I keep hearing people say: What have they got to be
    nervous about because theyve already achieved so much. But of course theyre
    going to be nervous. This is life-changing. This is history in the making. How
    can they not be nervous? Im nervous for them!If they dont win the league from
    here, theyll regret it forever because a lot of these players will never get the
    chance to win the Premier League again. Long-ball Leicester? Only two teams in
    Europe have played a higher percentage of long balls than Leicester Tottenham,
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    the scary part of it for Leicester.Spurs are breathing down their necks and
    Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld are playing like its
    August and theyre full of energy. They look like theyre enjoying the chase.
    Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to step up and impress in the absence of
    Jamie Vardy following his suspension this weekend. That makes Ranieris job very
    important but, like his players, we dont know how hes going to react to this
    situation, either. Hes never won a top-flight title before. Its not like Sir
    Alex Ferguson when he was playing mind games.Ranieri deep down must be thinking:
    Ive always been a nearly man. This is my chance to ram it down the throat of
    everyone who said I wasnt a good manager. This is his opportunity and that
    brings nerves and pressure.Its not just the whole country focussing on this -
    sports fans across the world are talking about this. Its unprecedented. And
    while the Leicester coaching staff will try to keep training fun and fresh this
    week, when the players go home and turn on Sky Sports News or pick up a paper,
    theyll start feeling the pressure. They cant hide from the enormity of what
    theyre doing.And they cant hide from the fact they need to bounce back from that
    West Ham result with a statement against Swansea. Manchester United, Everton and
    Chelsea follow for Leicester. Tricky tests.If they dont win this one, Id make
    Tottenham favourites for the title. Thats how much is riding on it.Swansea got
    beaten 3-0 last week and they cant be as bad as that again, and the Vardy
    suspension is terrible timing. But I think Leicester will come up with the
    response they need. Watch Leicester v Swansea live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 4pm
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