NEWPORT, Wales – U.S. assistant captain Paul Goydos served multiple purposes as he stood on Celtic Manor’s sixth tee Tuesday morning.
First, Goydos served as a target for the U.S. caddies’ lasers, situating himself on the front tee in case the short par 4 was converted into a driveable hole. The tee shot would be all carry over a lake.
Goydos also was on a goodwill mission. As he waited on the tee, he handed out U.S. pins to young fans in an effort to win over the partisan galleries.
Of course, token gestures only go so far at the Ryder Cup. One young fan immediately noted to his mates that the pin was made in China, not the United States.
As Goydos drove away, the young man yelled, “Go Europe!”
It’s going to take more than a cheap pin for the Americans to win over the crowds at Celtic Manor.