The scoreboard doesn't lie: foursomes are a problem for the Americans in the Ryder Cup.
The alternate-shot format is one that has traditionally favored the Europeans in the biennial event, but never to the extent seen this week at Gleneagles. Team Europe took 3 1/2 out of a possible four points during Friday's foursomes, then repeated the feat Saturday. Eight points available, seven to the squad in blue and yellow. As a result, the Americans face a 10-6 overall deficit heading into Sunday's singles.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop has seen enough, and shortly after Justin Rose closed out the final match of the day, Bishop took to Twitter to express his desire to see alternate shot incorporated into more American tournaments, starting with those run by his organization:
I propose we change format of PGA Junior League from Scramble to Foursomes. Might as well start figuring this out now. @pgaofamerica— Ted Bishop (@tedbishop38pga) September 27, 2014
Billy Horschel - you may know him as the FedEx Cup champion currently watching the Ryder Cup from his couch - disagrees. Horschel replied to Bishop, and according to the hottest player on the PGA Tour, the issue is not in format familiarity, but simply in on-course execution: