Friday, September 19, 2008
Lets Hope The First Hole Isn't Any Indication
I said yesterday in one of my Ryder Cup previews that these early morning Friday matches were the most important of the entire tournament. In the past three years the Americans lost the Friday matches a combined 16-8, which just puts you in a difficult hole to crawl out of.
Well, the first hole hasn't been too kind to the American team so far. Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson both lost the first hole to Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson's birdie and the second grouping of Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan made a sloppy bogey, falling one behind to Paul Casey and Henrik Stensen.
Good news for everyone though. Kim is wearing the "AK" belt buckle, even with his Ryder Cup outfit! That has to be some good karma, right?
(Also, I just wanted to throw this out there. We've already had a Citi Group commercial featuring Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo, which poses the question -- is it wrong the players don't really get paid for the Ryder Cup but the captains can make money off endorsements? Also, from this point forward I officially hate Nick Faldo until late Sunday and maybe longer.)