Your Ryder Cup First-Ever Monday Open Thread
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Justin Leonard celebrates after holing huge putt for US win at Brookline at '99 Ryder Cup

Thanks to reader Patrick for sending the link to the Guardian live blog, which has the above picture with the caption, “No. No. No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no please God no.” And in the line-ups, they have Padraig Harrington playing two people: “11.05: Padraig Harrington v Himself v Zach Johnson.”

I found Colin Montgomerie’s defense of his captain’s pick Padraig Harrington rather interesting (via Irish Golf Desk).

“Padraig was under pressure, no question.  He lost his first match and he’s been given a hard time by being selected here. But there’s a reason why I selected Pádraig Harrington for this team.  He spoke brilliantly last night in the team room.  He’s been brilliant off the course, and he’s been brilliant on it. “I think Ross [Fisher] played fantastically well.  And there is a reason why Ross played fantastically well, because he had someone of Padraig’s stature with him. I played well with Faldo.  I played well with Langer.  There was a reason for that – it was because I was with them.  And I think that’s why that pairing was put together. Well, I know it was, because I did it (laughter). And it worked out brilliantly.”

Fisher agreed, “The help from Paddy today and yesterday was huge.  When you’ve got a three-time major champion reading your putts, you’ve got a fair chance. All I had to do was start it online and every time I seemed to do that, they seemed to drop.  So it was a tremendous help. And to get two points with Paddy was, well, it was great.”

Oh, here’s the full line-up for refresher’s sake:

4:05 a.m. – Steve Stricker vs. Lee Westwood

4:17 a.m. – Stewart Cink vs. Rory McIlroy

4:29 a.m. – Jim Furyk vs. Luke Donald

4:41 a.m. – Dustin Johnson vs. Martin Kaymer

4:53 a.m. – Matt Kuchar vs. Ian Poulter

5:05 a.m. – Jeff Overton vs. Ross Fisher

5:17 a.m. – Bubba Watson vs. Miguel Angel Jimenez

5:29 a.m. – Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari

5:41 a.m. – Rickie Fowler vs. Edoardo Molinari

5:53 a.m. – Phil Mickelson vs. Peter Hanson

6:05 a.m. – Zach Johnson vs. Padraig Harrington

6:17 a.m. – Hunter Mahan vs. Graeme McDowell


Well, USA is following in the footsteps of its sister network and going to commercial after just about every shot. (Actually, it’s steadily improving.)

As you know, the Americans — with the top players not playing like the top players — got their butts handed to them by Europe on Sunday, so they need a really, really strong effort in the singles matches, which they’re historically better in (not team players!). Early on, it’s not looking great with more blue flags on the board than red.

Drop your thoughts below.