Enter Faldo. As the shadows lengthened, the English star got into one of those ball-striking zones that were his trademark when he won two Masters and two British Opens between 1989 and 1992. Every drive in the fairway, every iron at the pin. "Nick has really clicked in, he's totally focused," said Leadbetter, following his most famous pupil on foot. "This is what he lives for."
And dies over. With the match square and his ball just 17 feet from the cup on the 18th green, Faldo went down in Ryder Cup history as a witness. Pavin won the match with a chip-in birdie from the collar to set Jacobsen, Faxon and Haas dancing in front of the video screen set up on the practice range, while on the 18th fairway Ben Crenshaw waved a seat cushion and gushed, "Unbelievable! He's the toughest player in the world."
More impressive than the chip, Crenshaw said later, was Pavin's previous shot, a four-iron approach from the right rough. "From that spot? A shank lie? Unbelievable." Echoed Maggert, "I got a chill after that shot." And Couples, adding his own redundant "unbelievable," said, "The ball's below his feet—just to get it to the green—and he took it right over the flag. Wow!"
The only player stifling his wow reflex was Pavin himself. When his chip went in, he looked almost apologetically toward Langer, a close friend. The crowd at the 18th carried on as if it were Mardi Gras, but Faldo still had to putt. It wasn't until his birdie effort veered left that Pavin allowed himself a victory grin. "Corey's our go-to guy," said Faxon. "You know how Michael Jordan wants the ball? Corey has that. He wants it, and when he makes a birdie it jacks everybody up."
Faldo, disconsolate, walked to the putting green for a session with Leadbetter.
At that point Gallacher could only submit his choices for Sunday. Two rematches from The Belfry promised some drama: Love-Rocca and Couples-Woosnam. The Match 12 selection of Johansson also caught one's eye, since the pressure on the young Swede might be unbearable if the outcome were still in doubt. But the best evidence that Gallacher was desperate was his choice for the opening singles match: Ballesteros. The Spaniard, with his game in tatters, would have to call on supernatural powers to beat Lehman. But if he did, Gallacher seemed to be saying, it could inspire miracles down the line.
If it didn't, Gallacher would have some explaining to do.