"It was nothing less than a call to arms," said McDowell. "Monty wasn't profane—he didn't even raise his voice—but he is a very eloquent guy, and he spoke with so much passion. You could feel in your bones how much this meant to him, and that energy filled up the room. We ran out there completely fizzed up."
When the third session—featuring a pair of foursomes and quartet of four-balls—was halted by darkness two hours later, Europe led in all six matches, a stunning reversal of fortune. After the Americans rallied and were in position to pick up at least a couple of points in the Sunday restart, the Euros responded with clutch play down the stretch, taking 5½ of the six points in a display that Montgomerie called "one of the greatest days for European golf that we have had."
"Hey, at least we didn't get swept," said Overton. Clearly this guy had been spending too much time around Corey Pavin. The U.S. captain was an underwhelming presence throughout the Cup, smugly obfuscating with the press and showing so little passion on the course that he appeared to be medicated. The players motivated themselves with a rah-rah meeting in the team room on Sunday night. "There were a lot of great speeches, a lot of emotion," said Cink. "The vets stood up to talk, and some of the younger players too. It was the kind of thing that only happens at the Ryder Cup."
The bond held on Monday, as Mahan's mates took turns consoling him. He received no blame, only sympathy. Said Cink, "A lot of players say they'd like to be in the match that decides the Ryder Cup, but I don't think many mean it. Especially after watching this."
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