Day 2 of the 2016 Ryder Cup did not disappoint. Unfortunately, I did not see much, but reviewing all the action, I missed quite a bit. I am not surprised to see the US Team still up by 3, but it took an outstanding effort on Saturday afternoon to get there. They rallied when needed and their performance was unexpected by many golfing fans.
The match-ups were solid and the Team Captains did their job. The players executed as expected, however, Team USA rose to the occasion on Saturday afternoon and now need only 5 points to win their first Ryder Cup since 2008! Saturday was as exciting as moving day at the Majors!
I am having fun reading other Ryder Cup articles and Brian Penn at All About Golf has a great one about fan and player interaction. I guess it is all about the show! Thomas Pieters long putt and shushing motion to mimic Patrick Reed was quite funny (but I guess when you are playing with the hottest player in the world, being cocky is okay)!
Now that the stage is set, it all comes down to the singles matches on Sunday. The match most fans are waiting for will be Patrick Reed vs Rory McIlroy. Unfortunately for Reed, McIlroy will win 4 &3. Being the hottest player on the planet, McIlroy will start the last day’s matches out right, but Team Europe’s hopes stop there!
Interestingly, I predict it will come down to Phil Mickelson to close out Team Europe. He is the most vocal and critical voice over recent Ryder Cups and this year is his chance to prove his point. I wonder if he is up to the challenge.
I can say that the emotions are running high and I am enjoying the animated responses of players when they make clutch shots. Patrick Reed’s hole out is probably the best of the day, but there were so many to choose from. Personally, the emotional investment of players this year is fantastic to watch and makes this year’s Ryder Cup the best in years.
Davis Love III and Darren Clarke are banking on the first 6 matches. Both have sent out their strong players in the attempts to finish or extend the competition. These Captains have lead their teams extremely well and now it comes down to how the players perform in the single matches. Unfortunately for Team Europe, the Ryder Cup will be over early!
What do you think?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!