enough is enough

mulligan, 18 September 2004, Comments Off on enough is enough
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I’ve seen enough…2 days of stellar play from Sergio, Paddy, Luke Donald, Darren Clarke, Monty, Lee Westwood, the list of names can go on. With Europe now leading 11-5 (and needing only 3 more points), one thing is pretty clear to me: the Europeans excel in the Ryder Cup team format. They are the favorites and should be the favorites every single Ryder Cup until the U.S. can prove otherwise. The Euros have a number of “go to” guys, who almost assuredly will win points. Sergio Garcia’s record is something like 8-0-1 lifetime. The guy just thrives in this format, so too Monty, Paddy, and the others mentioned above. Even the Ryder Cup rookies Paul Casey and David Howell came up big, playing together in their first match to beat Furyk and Campbell by winning the last 2 holes.

And, for whatever reason, the “top guns” for the Americans don’t excel at this format. Over the past two days, here’s their record: Tiger (1-4), Phil (1-2), Davis (1-4), Jim Furyk (0-4). Hal Sutton will be forever second-guessed about his pairings. But let’s be honest, the pairings of the Americans would have done little to change the overall score. The “go to” guys of the Europeans can play with anyone. The Americans don’t have any “go to” guys anymore, at least not in the Ryder Cup.


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