NBC's Johnny Miller got the ball rolling by immediately second-guessing Crenshaw's decision to substitute Leonard for Maggert as Sutton's partner in four-ball: "My hunch is that Justin should go home and watch on television."
Then everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Al Tays of The Palm Beach Post: "Crenshaw called the decision to bench Maggert from a pairing that had gone 2-1 'a complete hunch.' That's the kind of banking that led to the S&L crisis."
Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe: "You don't throw Fred out there without Ginger. You don't send Bethune out there without Cookman. You don't suit up Johnson without Johnson."
Thomas Bonk of the Los Angeles Times was—well, we're not sure: "The situation for the U.S. is, well, just what is it exactly? Hopeless? Encouraging? Embarrassing? Familiar?"
Let's not get hasty, said Ian Broadley of the Glasgow Herald: "If Europe is to win, history must be defied, for in the 15 events staged by the USGA at the Country Club, no one from this continent has ever prevailed."
Do you believe in miracles? Joe Gordon of the Boston Herald knew the Americans needed one: "Eighty-six years ago, right here at the Country Club, the U.S. climbed aboard Francis Ouimet for a golfing ride that had no end in sight. Unless something miraculous happens tomorrow, the country's golf supremacy is about to disappear faster than the millennium."