2014 Ryder Cup: Friday Afternoon Foursomes
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/26/14
When Rory McIlroy and Sergio García halved their match,
the hills of Perth and Kinross shook with European cheers.
The unexpected heroes of the Friday morning four-balls were American rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, having dispatched Ian Poulter and rookie Stephen Gallacher 5 & 4. But U.S. captain Tom Watson made the calculated decision to sit them in the afternoon, making sure that everyone had a chance to play on the first day. But before the Friday afternoon foursomes began, Watson promised Spieth and Reed that they would play again on Saturday.
In the meantime, Watson inserted Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Hunter Mahan, and Zach Johnson for the afternoon foursomes — without success.
In the afternoon, the winds began gusting and the temperature dipped into the low teens Celsius (low 50s Fahrenheit), making some approach shots even trickier than they already would have been.
Keep in mind that 20 points are up for grabs over the next two days and that the Americans are only two behind Europe. But with the huge momentum shift in favor of Europe on Friday afternoon, it is not surprising that lots of second-guessing from Americans has already begun. Reporters at Gleneagles also piled on:
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