Did Rory McElroy come closer to convincing everyone he’s the #1 golfer in the world? Not sure, but with his career winnings, how about buying a reliable alarm clock - one that has all the time zones?
Does the enormous amount of tour money lessen the pressure? Dottie Pepper, commenting at the 17th hole yesterday, made the comment, “It seems like there’s no oxygen here in Chicago.” So the answer seems to be the pressure is astronomical because this is the only time all year these guys are not playing for cash? There’s nothing more difficult than knowing if you fail, you’re letting down millions of people, in particular the guys you see on a weekly basis during “business” hours.
Terrific, to the point of almost exasperating, sportsmanship displayed by both sides. It appeared like there was more positive acknowledgement of good play than laser focus on the next shot. Don’t they care as much, do they respect their opponents to the point of so much public admiration or is it a method of masking a kind of fear? Or maybe it was just a select number that caught my eye.
After Saturday’s Ryder Cup concluded, the United States held a commanding 10-6 advantage, needing only 4 1/2 of the 12 possible Sunday singles points. The Americans would need to win another 4 1/2 points to reclaim the Cup. To put it in another context, nine all-squares and three losses would mean victory for the US. Harken back to Saturday when the score was actually 10-4. Going into Sunday down 6-10 isn’t so bad when your team won the final two points, the last of which coming from Ian Poulter who broke from the gates with five straight birdies. Talk about a serious shift of “Mo.”
Speaking of Poulter, England’s favorite son (as of today) went 4-0 in Ryder Cup play and probably would have earned the MVP but that’s more of an individual honor for someone from a team sport, whereas the Ryder Cup is a team award for an individual sport.
Brandt Snedeker played much below his normal game. Could it be because he had a letdown after just winning $10,000,000 in the FedEx Cup? Yes, the zeros were included for effect. It’s tough to tell as the sample size for that particular problem is too small.
So, was it an amazing European comeback or a classic US collapse? Depends upon which team you’re pulling for or where your money was. Also, how you look at life. Are you a “There must be a scapegoat” type of person or “Unless it was just an out-and-out gift, congrats to the winners” kind of guy? Before you answer, ponder the comments from former UNC offensive line coach, Howard Mudd in the 9/24/12 edition of Sports Illustrated. What he was saying was directed to the “incredible psychological stability” of future Hall of Fame center, Jeff Saturday. Take from it what you will regarding the clutch vs. choke argument:
“The really good players don’t rise to the occasion, as people like to say; they’re just not as adversely affected by the situation.”