2015: Dan started off his Ryder Cup experience with one of the worst tee shots of all time. In front of the whole group of guys, Dan managed to plug the ball 2 inches in front of the tee. The nerves got to him but he overcame that and beat up on C-Lo and Luke. On Saturday morning he partnered with Troy and easily dismantled Brandon and the Bandit. He was all set up for a cakewalk on Saturday afternoon against Luke for a perfect 3-0 weekend but Luke somehow held on and snaked in a long putt from the fringe on 18 to win the match. Still a solid 2-1 in his first year at the Ryder Cup.
2017: Dan was back in action in 2017, and ready to take on Cobra Kai. He came out of the gates ready and was able to take down the Bandit and Dever. Saturday morning’s premier matchup partnered him with Sarge against Barkeley and Brad. It wasn’t much of match and Dan and Sarge took it to Cobra Kai, winning 5 & 4. Dan was on cloud 9 moving in to the afternoon round, with a rematch with Brad. Unfortunately Brad wanted revenge, and was able to take down Dan quite easily. Dan continues to be a very good contributor to Lombardo, but needs to learn how to keep it together for the Saturday afternoon round.
2018: This was a tough year for Dan. With the Lombardo team needing to pull out some big wins, Dan wasn’t up for the challenge. The Friday round was a pairing with Jeff Eckles. It proved to be a difficult task to stay in the fairway. Dan looked forward to the Friday night draw, teaming up with Scott Barnak. Unfortunately, the Cobra Kai captain and Brad were too much for the Lombardo team. Saturday afternoon was a tough matchup against Barkeley. Barkeley was up 7 at the turn, and eventually losing 8&6, tied for the worst loss in singles Ryder Cup history.
2019: Dan had a tough scramble outing on both Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, Although Friday is understandable, considering he was paired with Jason, Saturday morning loss with Eric was a surprise. Cobra Kai jumped out to 3 straight pars, putting Dan and Eric down 2 thru 3. They were never able to fight back after that. Dan was able to turn it around on his 1v1 against the Cobra Kai captain, The front nine was a back and forth affair of double bogeys, culminating in Dan being up 2 at the turn. After the turn, Dan was able to keep the double bogey streak alive, all but putting the Cobra Kai Capitan out of contention due to total drunkenness. Ultimately, this round pushed the Cobra Kai caption the LVP honors and put a stake in that historical moment.
2020: Dan was a part of the Smugglin' Plums team at the COVID Cup. However, his showing was less than stellar, going 0-3 on the weekend. The Cobra Kai Capitan was able to seek revenge on his newly formed Perkis Power team against the prior years abysmal 1 on 1 match. Dan will be looking for full redemption in 2021.
2021: Dan had a pretty good year, considering how poorly Team Lombardo did. Her partnered with Zale on Friday afternoon and dominated the Cobra Kai duo of Steve and Casey. Winning the first 4 holes set the tone of the match and they never looked back. Saturday morning was a different story, as Dan was paired with the Lombardo captain. Up 1 at the turn, the duo was feeling quite in control, but losing holes 11 & 12 took the air out of them. They were all square going in to 18, but couldn't hold on as Patty & Casey birdied the 18th hole and took the match. In the 1v1 match, Dan was paired against Gordo. The front nine was up and down, but was all square through the turn. In to the back nine, Dan pulled away 4 of the first 6 holes and taking the match 4&3. 2022 will be a tough match as he is paired against the Cobra Kai captain. The ongoing feud will end up being settled on the course.
Dan will be a welcomed addition to the Ryder Cup lineup. He will bring a good attitude, great golf game, and hopefully some homemade cherry bounce liquor. Commonly referred to "The Ringer" on the golf course, opponents' best chance at taking him down on the course is to keep feeding him drinks in the clubhouse. Typically, it isn't very tough to "force" drinks down this guy.
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Dan will attempt to make the Lietke Ryder Cup weekend a record breaking weekend as he intends to break the world record for most Fireball whiskey consumed in a 3 day span.