NEWPORT, Wales – Oops. The rout is on.
That’s what European golf fans may have been thinking when captain Corey Pavin messed up the introduction of the American team Thursday at the Ryder Cup's opening ceremonies at Celtic Manor.
If you missed it, Pavin forgot to introduce Stewart Cink when naming his team.
With players standing one by one as Pavin introduced them on the stage beside the 18th hole, Cink remained seated when Pavin skipped over him, going to Rickie Fowler as the last man named. With Cink still seated and peaking behind Tiger Woods, who was standing beside him, Pavin said: “And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the 2010 American Ryder Cup team.” With players waving to get Pavin’s attention, Pavin returned to the podium and asked the crowd to give a “special” round of applause for Cink.
Cink, the 2009 British Open champion, should have special motivation to prevent his being remembered as the American team’s “forgotten man.”
European captain Colin Montgomerie made no mistakes in his introductions, even pronouncing Miguel Angel Jimenez’s name with Spanish inflections.