What Is The Ryder Cup
Ryan Klapper PT, DPT, a physical therapist at Stevens Point Orthopedics (SPO), was a member of the medical team covering the 2021 Ryder Cup Golf Tournament at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, WI the last weekend of September. The Ryder Cup is a biannual competition pitting the 12 best American golfers against the 12 best European Golfers in different formats over several days. The US team won the event in the largest win in history since the scoring changes in the late 1970s.
Ryan is an avid golfer and golf trainer having earned several certifications through Titleist Performance Institute. He has previously served on the medical staff team for a PGA championship at the Whistling Straits course in 2015, and has worked there as a caddie in the 2010s. He continues to caddie at Sand Valley to further his golf knowledge and experience, which he applies to his game and treating his golfers and patients at SPO.
Ryan said, “Working the Ryder Cup was an amazing opportunity. The team nature of the event leads to a more collegial atmosphere. For the fans it’s like having a huge tailgate party on a golf course, with 40,000-45,000 people moving between the holes and the grandstands, cheering on their team like they would at Lambeau or Camp Randall. It’s like a scene out of Happy Gilmore!”
He continued with, “The large crowd and uneven terrain led to lots of minor injuries which kept us busy most of the time. I was able to attend a couple days as a spectator, and it was wonderful to watch some of the greatest golfers in the world play a course with which I am very familiar. I feel motivated to make a trip to Europe to support the US team in the future and to compare the European experience to ours at Whistling Straits.”
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If you have a golf related injury, questions, or are interested in improving your performance, Ryan is happy to help. He combines his knowledge and training with our Movement Performance Lab—a research-grade motion-analysis software—to help analyze your movement and optimize your swing for your body.
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