Europe raced into a 10-6 overnight lead reflecting another day of domination for Ian Woosnam’s side at the Ryder Cup.
Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood set the tone with a 3&2 defeat of a wretched Tiger Woods, the US pair only avoided total humiliation due to the doughty performance of Jim Furyk, whose ugly but effective and repeating swing stood up to the abysmal weather and growing pressure as the World Number One continued to flounder in this format.
Whilst I’m full of admiration for Woods who is a model pro and surely the greatest ever, there is nothing about the man that endears him to me and I always have a sneaky grin when he messes up or, as today, just loses the plot.
Fair play and credit where it’s due though as he came out fighting in the afternoon session and led by example with a 3&2 win with Furyk over the Irish pairing of Harrington and McGinlay.
This, however was the US teams only post lunch victory as the first game saw Luke Donald produce a masterful pressure putt on 16 to help secure a 2&1 win in a hard fought battle with Sergio, the Spaniard delivering blistering approach to set up the putt, against the formidable if erratic US pair of Toms and Mickleson, the later Woods like in this Tournament. Inexplicable.
Then Casey finished a 5&4 massacre with a hole in one as Monty and Westwood secured a half against Chad Campbell and impressive rookie Vaughan Taylor.
Lehman’s pairings and tactics have been awful as, unlike Woosie, he has been unable to be imaginative and think outside the box, reliance on Woods and Big Phil has been their undoing in the last two outings.
Clarke’s chip in at 16 in the morning outshines Casey’s ace for me as the shot of the day, it was a match winning effort under butt clenching pressure.
Four points clinches it, but we all know what this game can be like…..
At least one member of my family will be doubly elated tonight (on top of the golf) as QPR dumped City to the foot of the table with a 2-0 win.
That old chestnut Karma again after my dissing of Donagh after the Wednesday game saw us root the R’s to the bottom? Maybe.
My cousin supports Rangers from a Limerick base due to Don Givens, until recently Ireland’s most prolific marksman, who of course played for the (far from) Super Hoops (embarrassing but true nickname, I must give up the brackets) in their 70’s heyday.
He met Givens and shook his hand. I would have chinned him for causing 30 years worth of mental anguish. At least I never had a choice of teams…
On a lighter note Yorkshire stayed up by a point due to the heroics of Darren Lehmann and his astonishing knock 339 which fell only 4 short of the overall Club record, but is the highest recorded knock at Headingley.