Ryder Cup Review

I’ve had some time to reflect on the Ryder Cup, and given that I fell asleep while trying to watch it on more than one occasion I didn’t think it could make a real compelling story. Team Europe won, Team America (world police, small joke) made a valiant effort at a comeback. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners: 1. Rickie Fowler – the rookie was three down with three to play in his singles match and came back to earn half a point. Making him a captain’s pick was clearly a nod to the future, and he showed he is the future for America.

2. Steve Stricker – How can you not put him in this category when he trounced the best player on the European team, Lee Westwood?

3. Ian Poulter and Luke Donald – These guys were the heroes for Europe. Both thrived under the pressure and were the clear tone-setters for Europe. It’s hard to leave McDowell off this list, but he did get ½ point less than these two.

Losers: 1. Corey Pavin – His decision making was best described as boneheaded. Ok, so he might not have thought that Tiger would get blown out 6 and 5 in a foursomes match with Stricker, but why put them in that position when fourball was an option? Also, making Mahan your anchor was not advised. Give it to a guy who has proven he can handle the pressure.

2. Hunter Mahan – being the last singles match when it all comes down to you is a moment that some people relish and others don’t. Obviously, from his flubbed chip shot just off the green, he doesn’t.

3. Jim Furyk – It must have been the extra 11 and half million dollars that he banked the week before that was weighing him down, because he did not play like a man who had just won the fed-ex cup.

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