Match of the Day: Lee Westwood-Luke Donald (Europe) def. Tiger Woods-Steve Stricker (U.S.A.), 6 and 5. Tough to call a 6-and-5 drubbing the “match of the day,” but Woods’ worst Ryder Cup defeat turned out to be the perfect metaphor for the entire day.
Four down through nine holes, the Europeans began the delayed third session birdie-birdie and were dormie just three holes into the day to put an end to Woods and Stricker’s undefeated team play.
Quote of the Day: “Boom baby.”
-Jeff Overton after his approach shot from 141 yards at the eighth rattles into the cup.
Final line: U.S. 6 ½, Europe 9 ½. For the first time since 2004 the United States fails to win a full point in a team session as the home team rolls to four resounding victories before the Americans manage to put the first U.S. flag on the board.
Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar produce the U.S. side’s only reason to cheer but even that seemed like a moral defeat after the Americans loose a 1-up lead to the Brothers Molinari at the 18th hole for a tough half– point.
Through three sessions Phil Mickelson has yet to earn a point and heralded rookies Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson have combined for just a half–point.
Scouting report for Monday: If Ben Crenshaw had a “feeling” about his trailing Americans heading into Sunday’s singles at Brookline, Corey Pavin may have a sinking feeling with the final frame looming.
The Europeans need five of a possible 12 points to wrest the cup from the U.S., a reality that forced Pavin’s hand to send out his hottest players early in an attempt to build some momentum, but if Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk fail to put American flags on the board early it will be a short Monday.
After the first three matches keep an eye on the 10:05 a.m. (GMT) two-ball of Ross Fisher and Jeff Overton. The cup rookies have energized their respective team rooms and should be entertaining if the outcome has not already been decided.
A Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy showdown was not in the cards. Captain Monty sent his Northern Irish rookie out in the day’s second match while Woods is in the eighth group playing Francesco Molinari.