September 21, 2008

NO TIGER? NO TROUBLE:

Inspired Poulter takes fight to energised US (Bill Elliott, 9/21/08, The Observer)

After a close, combative and always compelling afternoon of fourball matches so close that three of the four went to the final hole, the match is now delicately poised. Europe went into yesterday three points adrift of the US. Now they are closer. Two points. Is it close enough? It may be but, realistically, it will take a monumental effort to overcome this US team and this crowd.

Whatever else is true of this 37th Ryder Cup it can now safely be said that the years of total European domination are over for a while. The Americans, ritually humiliated whenever they played the match this century, may no longer be studded with legendary names but the new generation have proved already this week that, mostly, they are made of the right stuff. Pumped up by the crowd, many thousands of Louisville lips yelling their encouragement, and focused on the victory that has been sought since the dust finally settled on the embarrassment that had been Brookline in 1999, Paul Azinger's players are on their way to showing that the sum of the parts is more relevant than the individual components.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2008 6:27 AM
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