Thursday, September 18, 2008
Looking At The Pairings
Well, the pairings are out for the morning rounds tomorrow and by golly, they look absolutely awesome. Let's take a look, Dr. Lou style.
8:05 AM EST - Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim vs. Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson
Well here it is, the Mickelson-Kim monstrosity of an American pairing. The problem is, these two combined aren't as tall as Karlsson. I think this looks like a great first pairing for the Americans. They get Kim out of the gates with a "veteran" and play the tough Harrington, but Karlsson, who never won a match in his 2006 debut. I think the Americans take this one and hopefully (Crossing fingers and toes) hopefully we can get some chemistry between these two great players.
8:20 - Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan vs. Paul Casey and Henrik Stensen
A couple of Texans versus a couple of long ball hitters. This one could go either way and in a hurry. I think Leonard can help his buddy get comfortable and then just let Mahan go. If Stensen gets hot at all, count this one for the Europeans. Emotional guys will play off each other.
8:35 - Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell vs. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter
This one has European instability written all over it. I see both of these guys showing their nerves and allowing the American duo to steal a point here. Also, how is Poulter going to play without pink pants?
8:50 - Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk vs. Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia
Well, there it is, the nearly unbeatable European team of Garcia and Westwood. I feel bad for Perry and Furyk having to go against these machines when it comes to Ryder Cup play. I see this as the one blowout in the morning rounds. There will be a ton of pressure on Perry and the Euros can smell blood.
The morning matches look exciting. If the U.S. could get 2 points, it would feel like a sweep.