The world will remember Mahan’s Monday miss, but Cink likely cost U.S. the cup. A pair of halves (to the Molinari brothers on Sunday and during Monday’s singles play against Rory McIlroy) stalled American progress.
American rookie struggled much of the week but set the stages for future cups with pressure-packed birdie at the last against Edoardo Molinari for singles halve.
Drove the ball poorly and, despite his claims to the contrary, seemed flat after taxing week at East Lake.
Struggled with his putter, missed 6-footer at 13 during Round 3 fourball that would have squared match with Ross Fisher and Padraig Harrington, but big Monday victory salvaged week.
He is becoming an American cup staple with a meat-and-potatoes game and closer’s mentality who can pair with virtually anyone.
Like Furyk he appeared spent at times after big week at East Lake and his inability to close out the Molinaris on Sunday was a confidence killer for U.S.
The record will show Mahan’s poor tee shot and chunky chip at the 17th hole on Monday cost the U.S. the cup but Stewart Cink said it best, “He was a man on our team for putting himself in that position.”
His play suggests a grade closer to D, but Lefty has embraced his role as team leader and that made a difference on the course and in the team room.
“Boom, baby” will echo for years, much like Boo Weekley’s “driver” ride at the first hole at Valhalla, and despite poor form heading into matches managed a solid week for his first cup.
Man of the Match for the U.S. side. Not only did Stricker tie for most points earned (3) and set early tone with victory over Lee Westwood but may be the tonic that pulls Woods out of his season-long funk.
Intense biennial grudge match may be a bit much for tense and emotional rookie. Overall record better than it should be thanks to Overton’s quick start in opening fourball session.
Extended his solid team play with Steve Stricker to 6-1-0, but wasn’t exactly sharp until Monday’s closing singles walkover, 4 and 3, against Francesco Molinari.
Tough to knock his pairings and the U.S. Monday comeback was nearly an intense classic, but with matches so close captains can make a difference and Pavin did not.
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