As you know, the Europeans put on a clinic and schooled the Americans in the third session matches of the Ryder Cup, winning 5 1/2 of the possible 6 points. To be blunt, it was basically a good old fashioned ass whopping — led by a guy who hadn’t played golf in almost two months, Lee Westwood, a rookie, Martin Kaymer, and an old dude, Miguel Angel Jimenez. Going into Monday’s singles matches, Europe leads 10 1/2 points to US 6 1/2.
Meanwhile, on the U.S. side, there wasn’t much to praise. One after the other, the Americans left putts short on the slow greens that were clearly an advantage to the Europeans. Despite posting two birdies, Phil Mickelson faltered down the stretch, missing shorts putts on No. 14 and 15. NBC announcer Johnny Miller quipped, “If he couldn’t chip, he’d be selling cars in San Diego.” Mickelson and Rickie Fowler loss 2-and-1 to the pugnacious Ian Poulter and PGA champion Martin Kaymer, who along with Westwood have yet to lose a match (both 2-0-1). With this loss, Mickelson is now 0-3, making him the American with the most career losses (17) in Ryder Cup history. [Read the rest here.]
How about that Johnny Miller quote? Ouch. (Sorry, but I still laughed.)
[Photos by Jon Super/AP]