Mizuno Reaches Out
To All Players ( 5)
Hopkins: Why Wales
Deserved Better ( 13)
Smith, Stasi Claim
Mid-Am Titles ( 29-30)
In case you already didn’t know, you do
now: The Ryder Cup is the most compelling
“watch” in golf.
With all due respect to the four majors,
Monday in Wales, Europe hung on for
you don’t get flag-waving at Augusta;
you don’t get costumes and non-stop
chanting at the U.S. Open; you don’t get
multiple heroes and goats at the Open
Championship; and you don’t get unbridled
nationalism at the PGA.
its dear life to defeat the United States and
win back the game’s most coveted Cup. The
final score was 14½ to 13½.
Already they are celebrating Euro captain
Colin Montgomerie in Scotland. And, in
the pubs of Northern Ireland, the name on
every swiller’s tongue is Ulsterman Graeme
McDowell. He downed Texan Hunter Mahan
3 and 1 in the final and clinching singles
In America, the critics are sharpening
their knives at this very moment. Their
targets are Yank captain Corey Pavin, who
raised the cliché to an art form during this
rainy week of team match play that was
supposed to end Sunday. And the critics
also will be wanting to know why Tiger
Woods and Phil Mickelson, the Nos. 1 and
3 players in the world, respectively, waited
until Monday to play their best golf.
For right now, let us celebrate the
passion of Ian Poulter, the skill of Luke
Donald and the guts of Rickie Fowler, just to
name a few.
For right now, know that the heart of the
game pumps with a healthy beat.