Sunday pins at Medinah source of regret for Love


Given several weeks to dissect, re-hash and analyze, a number of factors can appear as reasonable - or possible - explanations for Team Europe's comeback victory Sunday at Medinah.

For U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, one such explanation is the pin positions used during singles matches on the event's final day.

'We really may have dropped the ball on pin placements on the last few holes,' Love told reporters during a press conference at this week's McGladrey Classic.

'We wanted pins on the left and in the middle of the green because a lot of our guys were drawing it in there,' explained Love, who is serving as tournament host this week in Sea Island. 'The two most important holes in the singles came down to 17 and 18, and we had pins where if you hit it long and left, it was tough to get it close to the pins because they were on the right. Should we have thought of that? Maybe.'

As captain of the home squad, Love had input on course setup matters - decisions ranging from pin positions to the length of the rough at Medinah. Nearly a month after the closing ceremonies, questions still linger for Love, especially about the par-3 17th hole.

'Saturday they all birdied it (17) because it was on the left. Both teams were stiffing it,' Love explained. 'I didn't think to myself, 'Well, maybe we ought to just leave it over there because we keep birdieing it.'

'If I'd have just put the pin left on 17 on Sunday rather than right, would that have made a difference? What happened on Sunday, I don't really know.'