Front row: Michelle Mell (partner of Paul Goydos), Melissa Lehman (wife of Tom Lehman), Lisa Pavin (wife of Corey Pavin), Robin Love (wife of Davis Love III), Angie Watson (wife of Bubba Watson), Back row (L-R) Kim Johnson (wife of Zach Johnson), Amanda Caulder (partner of Dustin Johnson), Tabitha Furyk (wife of Jim Furyk), Lisa Cink (wife of Stewart Cink), Alexandra Browne (partner of Rickie Fowler), Kandi Harris (partner of Hunter Mahan), Christina Zimmer (partner of Jeff Overton), and Sybil Kuchar (wife of Matt Kuchar)
I interviewed six American Ryder Cup wives and girlfriends (WAGs) — Tabitha Furyk, Sybi Kuchar, Angie Watson, Amanda Caulder (Dustin Johnson’s girlfriend), Kandi Harris (Hunter Mahan’s fiancee) and Christina Zimmer (Jeff Overton’s girlfriend) — at the Tour Championship last week.
With the exception of Tabitha (I’m a huge fan), who has been on many teams, the other five ladies are first-timers at the Ryder Cup, so they weren’t sure what to expect, but they were excited. They were all incredibly helpful and delightful to chat with (it was practically a novelty interviewing women). It was also interesting to hear the preparation behind the Ryder Cup, like their excitement over buying ball gowns and anxiety over the gift exchange (it’s custom for the ladies to give presents to the wives/girlfriends of the other players and captains — more on that later).
Basically, it’s easy to dismiss the WAGs as made-up Barbie dolls and much of their prep leading up to the big show does revolve around, well, “stuff,” but they actually are important to the team morale and play a greater role than usual during Ryder Cup week.
I wrote about their role for the Wall Street Journal. Here’s an excerpt: