September 28, 2012

Ryder Cup Friday Morning

I've been watching most of the Ryder Cup this morning and just wanted to keep a few running notes of interesting things I've seen for all you normal, productive people who are working and don't get to enjoy the best golf weekend every other year.

The format this morning is called 4-somes, which means 2 teammates share 1 ball and alternate shots. 

The matchups this morning:


Jim Furyk/Brandt Snedeker    vs.    Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell 
Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley   vs.   Luke Donald/Sergio Garcia 
Jason Dufner/Zach Johnson  vs.  Lee Westwood/Fransesco Molinari
Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker     vs.     Ian Poulter/Justin Rose 

Running notes-

-The McIlroy/McDowell pairing is crazy good. Those guys are both from the tiny country Northern Ireland and they are just dominating. 
-Tiger is playing awful. Literally can't hit a fairway. He missed a short putt, he tried a flop shot that went about 3 feet ahead and stayed in the rough.... Just some bad play. I know he's Tiger but he has a shaky history in the Ryder Cup and if I'm American captain DL III I think about sitting Woods in the afternoon matches. At the very least it would fire him up and probably piss him off so tomorrow he would dominate. 
-There have been some crazy, crazy bounces already. Tiger hot a ball wayyyy right and it ended up ricocheting 30 yards up into the fairway, luckily. Furyk hit a beautiful pin high shot that hit a sprinkler head and instead of landing nicely in the rough it shot 35 feet through the crowd into a terrible lie. 
-Furyk just called a penalty on himself. He took a practice swing and the ball moved about 1 millimieter. Actually, it didn't even move, it just kind of shifted. I think it's stupid to count that as a stroke but whatever. Good on Furyk for calling it out himself.  
-Keegan Bradley is whoa crazy crazy fidgety. Spinning his club and bouncing around on the tee box more than normal .
-This Italian dude Molinari is an excellent putter. Great idea to pair him with Westwood, who sometimes struggles on the green but is pretty much the best ball striker on the Tour.
-Keegan Bradley is fired UP! Arguably been the best American player so far. He just landed a ball within about 20 feet on a long par-3. Phil, his partner, was so fired up he slapped his ass on the tee box! haha it was great. Oh and Phil drained the putt for bird and that pairing is currently 2 up with 5 to play. 
-The beginning of these matches were all going Europe's way. The Americans have seized control and momentum seems to be swinging our way. Currently the Europeans lead 2 matches and the Americans lead 2 matches. We'll see how it shakes out but if it's tied, you gotta believe that favors the Americans. 

I have to go for a bit but I will be back to take notes on the afternoon matches. 

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