It was a day of
showers interrupted by sunny spells, but for the Americans it was nonstop
gloom. Lehman's boys grimly soldiered on--the "let's-just-have-fun"
campaign was history--but by day's end, for the first time since the Ryder Cup
became a Europe-versus-America affair, the Euros had won all four paired
sessions. "Ten to six is an awful long way to come back from," fretted
Jim Furyk. His teammates saw a ray of hope only in a precedent: They had
overcome the exact same deficit at Brookline.
The Americans' only chance? Rally like it's 1999
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way that this type of play can continue for Tiger," murmured a British
radio commentator. But it did. Woods--who made no birdies in his four-ball loss
with Furyk--looked as if he needed a lesson. He drove wildly. He dunked a ball
in the Liffey. He missed short putts. Another radio man, doubting his eyes,
said, "I think a majority of European fans would say, 'I don't want to see
Tiger Woods play like this.'"
some sympathy because his best players (the best in the world if you believe
the rankings) simply weren't performing, but he did raise eyebrows by benching
DiMarco instead of Mickelson and sitting the surprising Henry in the afternoon.
Woosie, meanwhile, continued to sound addled. ("We've got to get over that
hurdle tomuddle ... tomorrow.") But the tide of Euro victories had former
critics describing him as "brilliant" and "profound."
? At 11:11 a.m.
Robert Lee, on Ryder Cup Radio, said, "The Ryder Cup is over. The Americans
are showing me nothing."
? "I would be
lying to you if I told you I wasn't disappointed and feel like I shouldn't have
another chance or two," said Verplank about being held out of the afternoon
foursomes by Lehman after he and Johnson won in the morning.
off-the-air comment by Johnny Miller was piped into the U.S. locker room:
"If [ Zach Johnson] had a partner, they'd have won 6 and 5.