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Derek Freeman's Blog from the 2010 Ryder Cup
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  10/02/2010

Oct. 2, 2010

Day 4, Oct. 2

Golf all day long...

Because of the rain delay on Friday there was a rush to play as much golf today as possible to try and finish on Sunday afternoon. We may have that opportunity. As I told you Friday, they modified the matches to get as many finished as possible.

The golf today was unbelievable. The great thing about Ryder Cup is that everything is based on momentum. A missed green, a fairway that should have been hit, a putt that lips out...everything has a meaning. I watched a crucial putt from Stewart Cink on the 17th hole that allowed the USA to lead after the round of foursomes. Imagine this: the Europeans had been gaining momentum over the last few holes and the pace of play was really quick and the crowd was feeding the frenzy. The Europeans had just won 14 and 15 to go one up. There were only two holes left and the momentum was clearly in favor of the Europeans.

Kuchar hit the ball to about 35 feet on the green and Graham McDowell followed it up with great shot to about eight feet. It did not look good going into the last two holes, but in golf...there is always a chance. The Europeans, McDowell and Rory McIlroy, thought they were in control and were looking very good. Everything was moving very fast for the group....and Cink decided to step up. I watched him change the speed of the entire group. He walked more slowly than anyone else. He had a bite to eat on the way to the green. When he got there, he took a lot of time to look at the hole and break of the putt. All the while, the Europeans were anxiously waiting to make their putt. Cink took a long time to set it up and decide on his line. Cink made his long putt and McIlroy missed his short putt. It was the largest game changing moment of the Ryder Cup up to this point.

The afternoon matches began immediately and the Europeans quickly got off to a great start. I'm not sure if the guys were tired from the delays the day before or after playing the emotional morning round to make the small comeback was the reason for bad play. The matches are all on the front nine and we are down in every single match. It does not look good and the stop for daylight could not have come at a better time for the Americans. The day was wonderful for golf.

It was great to see Captain Pavin talk to his guys and inspire them to do their very best. There is a common theme that makes people successful...the will to persevere in times of difficulty. They are going to happen. How are you going to deal with it?

We must get off to a good start in the morning. Unfortunately, rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. That will play a large part of what will happen.

All the best from Room 222.

Go USA! Go Bruins!

D


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