The first tee in your first Ryder Cup can be one of the most pressure packed experiences in a golfer’s career. However, 24-year-old Victor Dubuisson was paired with his brother from another mother, Graeme McDowell, and they took down American stars Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson 3&2 in afternoon foursomes.
“When I got on the tee with Graeme, it was just a dream, it was fantastic. The stress completely disappeared,” said the Frenchman. McDowell was also full of praise for his new partner. “This guy was swashbuckling some iron shots into those greens today.”
The Northern Irishman added, “I get great partners at Ryder Cups. I’ve played with Rory McIlroy the last couple of Ryder Cups, and I get a chance to play today with a young rookie who I firmly believe is Europe’s next superstar, and a lot of fun to be alongside of him.”
In the morning, Keegan and Phil defeated Garcia and McIlroy 1-up with an eagle, par, birdie finish. However, the magic ran out in the match against G-Mac and Dubuisson. “I didn’t play very well in the afternoon. I ended up not making putts that I normally would make, and hitting some shots that I haven’t been hitting. I didn’t play the best,” said Mickelson.
Phil’s swing instructor, Butch Harmon, mentioned on Sky Sports that Lefty looked tired and probably should have rested in the afternoon. “He’s 44-years-old, and he looks a little out of gas to me,” said Harmon. However, when asked about his energy level, Phil denied being tired, and took responsibility for hitting poor shots.
Both Americans will have time to rest because they will be sitting out Saturday morning. McDowell and Dubuisson will also be sitting out in the morning. Can anyone say, afternoon re-match?