As you can tell by the boring title, I am not too excited Europe won the Ryder Cup. I woke up again at 5:00 a.m. today and watched about an 1 1/2 hours worth of the coverage until I had to leave for my real job. Then when I got to this real job, I streamed an hour worth of it on RyderCup.com until my colleagues starting showing up and then I decided I needed to turn it off so I just hit refresh on my browser every three minutes in-between catching up on other news. So as you may be able to tell, I didn’t get much completed the first two hours I was at work today.
Never-the-less, the United States lost the Ryder Cup this year. Yes, I mean that. The United States lost the Ryder Cup. In my humble opinion, Europe did not win the cup. The United States lost the cup. A couple thoughts here.
First, there is something wrong with Phil Mickelson. Granted, his family is going through some tough circumstances right now with his wife and his mother battling breast cancer. I cannot fathom what he is going through because I have been through something like that. Also he disclosed he was diagnosed with a form of arthritis recently. So something really may not be right. But Phil Mickelson absolutely stunk Celtic Manor up this weekend. I know he won his singles match, but where was he the other three days? I mean this is not his first rodeo and he sure played like it was. Ever since his Masters win he has done nothing. He has had numerous times to overtake #1 all year and he has just seemed so lackadaisical. Now I sure hope something doesn’t come out where things are really not good for him personally, because I will fell bad for this post. But come on Phil, you are better than you played this weekend.
Second, I don’t know how Corey Pavin became the captain. Maybe I am wrong and he was different inside the players lounge or players room. But he seemed so boring throughout this whole process. Sure that is Pavin being Pavin and that is how he is. Every single interview I saw with him all he had to say was “These guys know what they need to do, so I don’t need to say much.” While this may be true, this is a team competition and these guys need some pushing. I doubt Colin Montgomery was on the other side showing no emotion. I mean wake up a little Corey, this is the Ryder Cup.
With those two things being said and begin the two things that stuck out to me the most, there were many things that were awesome. Tiger Woods seemed to find some swings and he played pretty well for all the pressure that was probably on him. Steve Stricker set the tone with a huge win over Europes top dog, Lee Westwood. Rickie Fowler showed great heart down the stretch today with a little comeback to halve the match. Jeff Overton played great all week in his first Ryder Cup and showed he belonged.
I just can’t get over the Saturday/Sunday matches that the U.S. lost. They got slaughtered and that was the difference. It sure was an exciting finish today and an exciting overall event. I just wish the weather all weekend was like today is Wales. It seemed beautiful over there today. But up next, Chicago and Medinah Country Club. I can’t wait.