MEDINAH, Ill. – On Medinah’s spacious porch just past sunset on Saturday U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III gathered his four assistant captains and what remained of his team to devise Sunday’s singles lineup.
A captain by committee until the very end.
All week Love has stressed that players were grouped as they requested, and the final 12 matches were no different.
“Everybody got what they wanted,” Love said.
“Bubba doesn’t need to sit around until 1 (p.m.),” Love said.
“We all knew (the Europeans) were going to load the boat early, it’s your only option,” Love said.
With a 10-6 advantage the U.S. needs 4 1/2 points to secure the cup, which means the deciding point will likely come toward the middle of Love’s order – unless, of course, the Europeans stage a Brookline-like rally – probably making Stricker's and Woods’ matches irrelevant.
Still, after an 0-3-0 start for Woods, his first winless turn in team play at the Ryder Cup, Love warned, “I wouldn’t want to play Tiger tomorrow.”