Phil Mickelson tees off at the Ryder Cup on Friday morning
By the time the first group had reached the first green, European captain Colin Montgomerie told ESPN that play wouldn’t have started had it been stroke play. It wasn’t until almost two hours later when Steve Stricker couldn’t find a place to drop because of the waterlogged fairway on No. 4 that officials suspended play. Now I know rain delays are annoying and sucks for the gallery, but unless you’ve ever played in such conditions (and in competition), you have no idea how miserable it is — so I think it was the right call, as no one should have to chop the ball around in that weather.
The delay also is an advantage to the Americans, who are losing three of the four matches. Much to just about everyone’s surprise, the rookie pair of Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson are 2-up through two on Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald. Impressive! Overton sank a huge putt from off the green on the first hole to post the first birdie on the American side. It’s early, but Overton/Watson could make Pavin look like a genius. Question is, f it comes down to the last match and the last hole for the US to take early lead, can they handle the pressure?