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Sep
30
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Melissa Lehman (Tom Lehman), Amy Mickelson (Phil Mickelson), Robin Love (Davis Love III), Lisa Pavin (Corey Pavin), Alexandra Browne (Rickie Fowler), Kandi Harris (Hunter Mahan), Angie Watson (Bubba Watson), Kim Johnson (Zach Johnson), Christina Zimmer (Jeff Overton), Tabitha Furyk (Jim Furyk), Amanda Caulder (Dustin Johnson), Lisa Cink (Stewart Cink), Sybi Kuchar (Matt Kuchar), Michelle Mell (Tom Lehman)

You’ve seen a picture of the American WAGs in their gowns before the Ryder Cup gala on Wednesday night, so here’s another one. After all, they are the first ladies of golf. I couldn’t find the American compatible of this gallery, though.

Now, here are the European wives and girlfriends.

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Sep
29
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

The wives and partners of the United States Ryder Cup team L-R: Melissa Lehman (Tom Lehman), Amy Mickelson (Phil Mickelson), Tabitha Furyk (Jim Furyk), Robin Love (Davis Love III), Kandi Harris (Hunter Mahan), Sybil Kuchar (Matt Kuchar), Christina Zimmer (Jeff Overton), Lisa Cink (Stewart Cink), Lisa Pavin (Corey Pavin), Kim Johnson (Zach Johnson), Alexandra Browne (Rickie Fowler), Angie Watson (Bubba Watson), Amanda Caulder (Dustin Johnson), Michelle Mell (Paul Goydos) pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales.

Leading up to the actual golf, the golfers and their significant others partake in the pomp and pageantry, packed with lots of photo opportunities. On Wednesday night they attended the most formal of them all, the Ryder Cup gala concert at Millennium Stadium.

Last week at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Amanda Caulder (Dustin Johnson’s girlfriend) and Christina Zimmer (Jeff Overton’s girlfriend) were spotted in the elevator at the Ritz Carlton in their ball gowns — they were showing each other their dresses before the festivities in Wales.

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Sep
29
2010

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:

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