Arnold Palmer’s golf bag from 1975 was waiting on the first tee when the players arrived on a chilly, foggy Minnesota morning to kick off the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. At the time, nobody new what an omen it would turn out to be.
Justin Rose hit the first shot Friday morning but the Ryder Cup really started a minute later when Patrick Reed stood on the tee in short sleeves and pounded a drive. He was walking toward his ball by the time it landed in the middle of the fairway. Phil Mickelson might be the team leader, Jordan Spieth might be the fan favourite, but Reed brings the fire. And that means no sweater.