Sep
26
2012
Inside the ropes: Ryder Cup Wednesday (more practice)
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

The crowds came out in hordes to watch the Ryder Cup team practice rounds on Wednesday. There was so many people that it was almost scary (but this is a good thing, of course). I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when the matches actually start on Friday, no less the singles on Sunday! Can anyone say bedlam?

Well, I have tons of bits and pieces to share, including the vibe and other observations from inside the ropes (here at the Ryder Cup, it’s a biennial tradition for the media to wear bibs, so you really can’t miss us). I caught Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker and Dustin Johnson/Matt Kuchar on the 15th hole and watched them practice meticulously (except DJ and Stricker left on 17).

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the *other* matches happening in the evenings. Of course I’m talking about the uber-intense ping pong face-offs in the U.S. team room every night. Yep, that’s how they’ve been spending their free time, and as we (already) know, Kuchar dominates and kicks everyone’s butt.

Unfortunately, I have to run, but I’ll unload my notebook later, which includes other morsels of info (including stuff I got last week at the Tour Championship, where I spent the week doing recon for the Ryder Cup because access for the media is limited here) — I’m going to cover the red carpet arrivals at the Gala. Yes, the party where the players get dolled up in tuxes with their beautiful WAGs. Well, Tiger is the only American without a date, but on the European side, there are four players flying single — Nicolas Colsaerts, Rory McIlroy (his tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki had a previous engagement), Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer.

I’m sure it’ll be super awkward and weird. You can follow the red carpet arrivals and Gala events live since I’ll be taking lots of pictures and tweeting the uncomfortable happenings. In fact, I’ve been tweeting and posting photos all day (which people seem to be enjoying), so check out my Twitter and Instagram feeds.