Oct. 6, 2010
Ryder Cup - Day 4
The singles matches are always the most enjoyable. It is America vs. Europe, man vs. man. 40,000 European fans vs. 1,000 American fans.
It was all on the line Sunday...the pride, the bragging rights, the Cup. The team that was going to carry the trophy home was going to be the best putting team. There is no question that collectively all of these players are the best in the world. It is amazing to see how they handle the most amazing, intense pressure that anyone could ever play under. Every shot seems to be life or death. Imagine walking into a full Rose Bowl and teeing it up with 40,000 screaming fans...that's just your first tee shot at the Ryder Cup.
The Europeans used a rallying cry from Seve Ballesteros. Inspired by a conference call with the ailing Ballesteros earlier in the week, he singlehandedly is the guy who helped end American dominance in the Ryder Cup. Every player out there knew what he meant to European golf. They knew what it meant to him.
The Americans needed a quick start to have any chance at retaining the Cup. The morning began with the Europeans leading 9 1/2-6 1/2. A seemingly impossible task, but every American player was up to the challenge. It was a beautiful sunny day and a stark change from all the rain earlier.
The details of every match are too many to describe. The momentum changes at every hole make it hard to know where the Cup would end up. The Americans were slowly making up ground all day. The Europeans were not going to give up and go away. They had 40,000 strong at their back.
Some keys moments:
Steve Stricker winning the opening match. Dustin Johnson destroying Kaymer with his length. Tiger Woods' hole-out for an eagle on 12. Rickie Fowler's four birdies on the closing four holes to halve a point. And sadly, Hunter Mahan's missed chip opportunity on the 17th to extend the match.
As Bruins, we should be so proud of Corey Pavin and what he did as a successful Captain. Even though the record books will show it as a loss, the USA team would say it was a victory.
Overall, it was a great experience and I will always remember it. If you ever get a chance to go to the Ryder Cup...you need to do it. It should be on the bucket list for all golfers. Be sure to bring your flag, loud cheers, and expectations for some great golf.
All the best from 38,000 feet above the Atlantic.
Go USA! Go Bruins!