Europe won too
because it was easier to go into the Ryder Cup as the underdog. "There's
something about beating the United States of America in anything that turns the
crank of everybody, whether it's Hezbollah or the European Ryder Cup team,"
says David Ogrin, one of Lehman's friends, who will also be his assistant at
the K Club. You can be sure some PGA official is going to try to shut Ogrin up.
Sentences like that, they can make you forget that the U.S. is the underdog. It
"I would say
the U.S. team is the underdog, and the U.S. is probably going to win," says
Ogilvy, the U.S. Open champion. He expects that the Americans will be
comfortable at the K Club, an American-style course designed by Arnold Palmer.
He predicts that American frustration with its dismal record over the last
decade will spur action. Finally, he cites the fun the U.S. team had while
winning last year's Presidents Cup.
Fun is Lehman's
operative word. In a year when Woods lost his father and DiMarco lost his
mother and Clarke lost his wife--and a ghastly number of Americans and
Europeans and Iraqis and Lebanese and Israelis have lost loved ones through
war--playing an international golf match ought to be a good time, no matter who
is on the team, no matter who wins. That's the message from Coach Wooden to
Captain Lehman, and from Lehman to us.
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inexperienced U.S. team will go into the Ryder Cup as an underdog. Here's the
skinny on the Americans who will tee it up against the Europeans at the K