2014 Ryder Cup: Saturday Afternoon Foursomes
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/27/14
Justin Rose's birdie at 18 gave Europe all but a half-point on Saturday afternoon.
But did that putt also give them an insurmountable advantage for Sunday?
How good have the Europeans been in foursomes? As of Saturday evening, Sergio García's overall Ryder Cup foursomes record is 9-2-2.
After all eight morning four-ball matches at the 2014 Ryder Cup, the United States posted two consecutive days of 2½ to 1½ margins of victory over Team Europe. But after all of the eight afternoon foursome matches, the Europeans posted two consecutive days of 3½ to ½ points.
After the Saturday afternoon session was over, the catcalls and caterwauling over Reed's missed putt erupted on Twitter:
“@seanmrivers: Patrick reed just missed a 3 foot putt.....” Hey be easy on him...he's top 5 in the world.— Steven Spatafore (@spattyspat) September 27, 2014
Interestingly, something else erupted after the matches were over — smoke was seen coming from the clubhouse at Gleneagles shortly before 6:45 p.m. BST, forcing two fire trucks and firefighters to respond and have both teams to evacuate the clubhouse during team meetings. Less than 15 minutes later, firefighters confirmed that a small fire had erupted inside, but later claimed that the problem was a smoke alarm malfunction — this despite the fact that NBC clearly showed dark smoke wafting up from the attic of the building. (!)
The only player in this year's Ryder Cup who has not yet scored but even a half-point is rookie and wildcard selection Stephen Gallacher who, with Ian Poulter, lost 5 & 4 on Friday morning to Spieth and Reed.
The last two times that a Ryder Cup team held a 10-6 lead going into Sunday, that team lost. In 1999, the Americans roared back at The Country Club outside Boston. Two years ago at Medinah outside Chicago, it was the Americans who melted down and Team Europe took full advantage.
The United States could have been down just three-and-a-half points, but the turning point occurred when Reed lipped out his par-saver at 16. Was this also the ultimate turning point in the 2014 Ryder Cup? Tomorrow afternoon, we will know.
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