The two foursomes teams that captain Corey Pavin put out on Saturday showed very little and left the USA Ryder Cup team in desperate straits, giving back the two-point lead that they worked so hard to acquire over the first 10 matches.
It’s not clear if Monty is really a magician or motivational speaker, but the 6 and 5 drubbing of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker by Lee Westwood and Luke Donald was totally unexpected. It’s clear that Westwood is the emotional leader of the European team, but 6 and 5 against world Nos. 1 and 4, Westwood showed his “bottle” as they say here.
“Seeing that they won both their matches, they were 2-0 and it was nice to go out there and just show that they are beatable,” Luke Donald said after the match.
You could wonder what possessed Pavin to put Woods out again in foursomes, since he clearly has had a problem adjusting to start the event.
Then of course there was Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson, a pairing that according to one insider on the USA side “was penciled in for a month.”
Unlike the Woods-Stricker foursomes team, Mahan and Johnson pushed the Ulsterman team of Rory McIllroy and Graeme McDowell to the 17th hole, but again a loss (3 and 1) and a squared match at 6–6.
Monty said that his team was better suited for foursomes, but how will they be in singles?
In the last 15 Ryder Cups the U.S. has won 10 of the singles sessions and the Europeans five, but depending on the outcome of the four-ball matches, the USA could be behind by four points, which would be almost impossible to come back from.