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Oct
1
2010
By Conor Nagle under Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington catches a snoozes in the team room during the rain delay

It may have been a long, largely boring day of interviews about nothing, weather updates and footage of wet greenkeepers squeegeeing, but Ryder Cup Friday still managed to hold a few surprises. Here are ten things we learned:

  • Padraig Harrington can sleep anywhere!  No sooner were the players off the course than Ian Poulter braved the hazy Twitter ban with this epic photo. [@IanJamesPoulter]

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Oct
1
2010

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?

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