What an exciting first day! The US team came out on fire in the morning and the European team quickly responded in the afternoon. With at 5 to 3 lead, the US team is poised to extend their lead today. However, I am not convinced it will be that early.
The first day had some controversy and plenty of great play. If you believe everything read or heard then more unconventional excitement will be delivered during the Saturday foursomes and four ball.
At the grateful golfer, we try to focus some of the exciting highlights of the first day of the Ryder Cup. Unfortunately I did not see much, but what I did see was exciting.
One of the best shots of the day was by Sergio Garcia (I know that Rickie Fowler chipped in as well, but I like Sergio’s better). A little chip in from the side of the green to halve the hole in the afternoon helped propel his time to a 3&2 win over J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. Talk about clutch.
In the morning the US team was bombing putts in from separate postal codes! The fist pumps were everywhere and they were riding high with success. Suddenly, something changed. The afternoon belonged to the Europeans. With Henrik Stenson’s almost hole in one, they looked almost unstoppable.
Strategy is everything. Darren Clarke’s plan to have an experienced player in each group paid off in the afternoon. He will keep this strategy going until it fails. I am not really sure what Davis Love III is doing. Not having Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson play seems to have been a mistake….but only time will really tell.
The antics of Reed and McIlroy is completely white noise. It is part gamesmanship and part foolishness. I guess each team is trying to gain whatever advantage they can, but I hope it does not escalate into something crazy.
The second day at the Ryder Cup is moving day. If the US team wants to win, they will have to double their lead. If not, I do not think they will be safe heading into the third day of singles. If the lead is less that 4 at the end of the day, I will be interested to see what the match ups will be on singles day.
Here is the first line up for the morning foursomes:
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!