Ryder Cup Eve


Ryder Cup

NEWPORT, Wales – Monty is not entirely correct when he says that Tiger Woods being hidden is a different move. We couldn’t find him for a couple months beginning late November last year.

  • Jeff Overton plays and Jim Furyk sits. That’s the first thing you thought when Furyk made that $11 million putt on Sunday, right?
  • Lee Westwood is trimmer and fitter than I’ve ever seen him after a booze-free month and heavy work in the gym. That first fourball with Westwood and Martin Kaymer against Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson is epic on paper.
  • Hitting fairways is paramount with Celtic Manor’s thick, sopping wet rough. True, the fairways are generous and the ball won’t roll out, but wild tee shots will be punished. The U.S. drives it further, Europe straighter.
  • True story: With the U.S. about to be closed out in ’02, Paul Azinger holed a bunker shot at the final hole to halve his match with Nicholas Fasth. In Zinger’s estimation, Fasth had been overzealously high-fiving his caddie all day. Zinger said he’d been caving under the pressure and with the cup slipping away, revved his engine by telling himself that Fasth didn’t deserve to get the clinching point. After dropping the sand shot Zinger furiously high-fived his caddie while visibly screaming with joy. What did he say? “Blank that blanking blanker.” Paul McGinley with two birdies in the final two holes rightfully scored the clincher for Europe. Six years later Zinger went to Valhalla to secure his status as a Ryder Cup legend.
  • Georgia Tech against Wake Forest this Saturday is a lot easier than Georgia Tech against Northern Ireland on Friday. Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar can’t turn it over if they hope to stop the powerhouse of Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, the Mac and Mac attack.
  • Poulter is in the Sergio Garcia role of American agitator, tweeting that he’s pumped for Tiger. Wonder if Tiger’s channeling Liverpool in ’06, when he bludgeoned Tweety Bird, the canary clad Spaniard?
  • At least the brown dress shoes matched the red face when Corey Pavin forgot to introduce Cink at the opening ceremonies.
  • Euros are tight. On the 14th tee, as Miguel Angel Jimenez was about to tee off, Westwood leaned in with a mouthful of Doritos and let loose a loud crunch. The ponytailed Mechanic not only drove it well, but he busted out laughing without ever dropping the stuck-to-his-lips stogie.
  • Have any plans for Monday? Foul weather starting with fourballs has officials thinking four days.
  • What you’ll hear if U.S. wins: thank goodness for the FedEx Cup, Pavin’s a tough customer and Tiger’s back.
  • What you’ll hear if U.S. loses: players were burnt out, Pavin has no charisma and Tiger’s a liability at the Ryder Cup.