Witnessing one of the greatest matches in Ryder Cup history was a good bet heading into Sunday singles play. Witnessing two of them was more than we bargained for.
For the first few hours on Sunday all eyes were focused on McIlroy and Reed as they burned down Hazeltine Golf Club before finally running out of gas at the turn. Reed took a lead on the 12th hole and held on for a 1-up victory. Somehow, 46-year-old Phil Mickelson and 36-year-old Sergio Garcia had plenty left in the tank. Garcia and Mickelson combined for 19 birdies and just one bogey before halving their match and reminding fans that golf can be just as entertaining as war. For people keeping score, Reed finished four-under for the day to McIlroy’s three-under. Mickelson and Garcia both shot an unbelievable nine-under par.