John Feinstein - October 5, 2012


When asked what he would miss most about the Fall Series on the PGA TOUR after this year, he said that he would miss the desperation that is inherent in those events. Many players are competing for their jobs during the Fall Series and you get a lot of honesty from those players when things go well and when things do not go well. It is great for spectators but not great for the players.

We may not see another day like Sunday in the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah for another 100 years. It was an amazing Ryder Cup and an amazing moment that will rank among the greatest in the history of the event. Although Europe’s comeback equaled that of the U.S. in 1999, this comeback was much more impressive because Europe successfully came back on foreign soil while the U.S. won at home.

There have been numerous examples of conceding matches after the Ryder Cup had been decided with a notable example being 1999 when Payne Stewart conceded his match to Colin Montgomerie. Europeans in particular see a difference between retaining the Ryder Cup and winning the Ryder Cup and that is why Olazabal insisted that Francesco Molinari try  to secure a half point by winning the 18th hole.

When it comes to Davis Love III’s decisions as Captain, the one thing that Feinstein disagreed with most was the decision to sit Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley after they went 3-0-0 and had just won their Saturday Morning Foursomes match 7&6. Love III said that he was sticking to his original plan and that Phil had told him that he and Keegan wanted to sit in the afternoon. Feinstein felt that Love III should have changed his strategy in response to the 3-0-0 success and because they had only played 12 holes that morning.

He also feels that Hunter Mahan should have been a Captain’s Pick because he has had a good 2012 season and he has a lot of experience in both the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup. Plus, the fact that he lost the deciding match in the 2010 Ryder Cup would have made Mahan even more motivated to win.