The competition was lopsided, but viewers of the 40th Ryder Cup were treated to many entertaining scenes.
Love him or hate him, Patrick Reed is certainly entertaining to watch, especially in the match play format. Reed missed a two-foot putt on the 16th in Saturday afternoon foursomes, which resulted in a spectator taunting him on the first tee during his Sunday singles match against Henrik Stenson.
Reed, who isn’t known for his popularity on the PGA Tour (though that may have changed a little with this week), wasn’t bothered by it and even had a chuckle himself.
After finishing 24th at the PGA Championship, Jamie Donaldson received a phone call from Captain McGinley telling him that he was not guaranteed a spot on Team Europe. To secure his spot, Donaldson won the Czech Masters, and carried the momentum to a 3-1-0 record in his first Ryder Cup.
Jamie Donaldson rode Thomas Bjorn like a bull as the winning European Team entered the post-tournament press conference. Spirits were high, laughs were plentiful, and champagne even more so. To the victor go the spoils, indeed.
The juiciest drama of the day didn’t per se occur on the golf course, but rather in the interview room — forget the Real Housewives of New Jersey or Keeping up with the Kardashians. For the best reality TV of the week, just watch the U.S. team’s post-Ryder Cup loss press conference, which included all 12 players and Captain Tom Watson.
Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Jimmy Walker combined for a 4-2-4* record in their first Ryder Cup experience. Despite today’s loss, there are a few shining stars in the making for Team USA.
The American Ryder Cup team find themselves in a familiar position heading into Sunday’s singles matches: Losing. After a 3.5-0.5 thrashing in Saturday afternoon foursomes, the Europeans have taken a(nother) commanding lead 10-6 headed into the final day of the biennial matches.
Miracles do happen as we saw only two years ago at Medinah, but the chances of it happening for the Americans on foreign soil are slim to none. To put it bluntly, I’m not seeing “Glory at Gleneagles” — it’s been more like “Goof at Gleneagles,” with several major questionable decisions made by American Captain Tom Watson. (Just a few to start with: Why did he sit the rookies in Friday Foursomes? Why did he play Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley twice on Friday? Why didn’t he play them at all on Saturday? Why didn’t he rest Jimmy Walker?)
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed walked away from a hard-fought match against Justin Rose, Europe’s superstar this year, and Martin Kaymer to secure Team USA’s only half point in Saturday afternoon foursomes.
Only problem is the American rookie duo probably should have won the match, but bad breaks and sloppy putting led to a halve and killed any momentum the U.S. could’ve taken with them into the team room after a(nother) 3-1 drubbing in the alternate shot format. Now, the Americans find themselves trailing 10-6 and closing in on its eighth Ryder Cup loss in the last 10 attempts.
When I looked up at the scoreboard sprawled across the front of the media center Saturday morning, I wasn’t immediately sure which group to follow. The fourball matches were all on the front nine still and my plan was to catch one as they made the turn.
About 15 minutes later, it became brilliantly obvious when I saw the flurry of red numbers posted in the opening match between Europe’s power duo, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, and America’s odd couple, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar — they were all square as they headed to the back nine, not to mention they were obviously playing very well.
After a solid Friday morning fourball session for Team USA, the Europeans dominated the afternoon foursomes, winning 3.5 of the total possible 4 points from the second session.
Unfortunately, I was correct in my prediction that the Americans would get throttled (I guessed 3-1), but it was obviously even worse than I anticipated. (Not that anyone cares, but the good news is I correctly predicted the score 2.5-1.5 after the first session, and I have a bet slip to prove it!)