As the dust settles in Medinah this morning, don’t be surprised if you find USA captain Davis Love III still there on the 18th green scratching his head. From Poulter’s five straight birdies to McIlroy’s non-existent warm up and from Donald’s early rush to Kaymer’s cool finish, what happened yesterday in Chicago can only be described as an outrageous European comeback.
America failed to learn the lessons they taught the Europeans 13 years ago at Brookline. SportsnewsIreland takes a look back at three perplexing and exciting days of sporting history.
Gene Wojciechowski sports writer for ESPN.com
“Team Europe can still win if the following five things happen Sunday;
-Keegan Bradley is abducted.
-Davis Love III inserts spectators Michael Jordan, George W. Bush, Amy Mickelson and the Rev. Jesse Jackson into the singles line-up.
-Lee Westwood = U.S. citizen.
-Marty McFly show Jose Maria Olazabal how to go back in time. Friday Morning will do.
-Europe wins 8 of the remaining 12 matches to win the cup.”
“Time for Europe to fire up the private jets and head back home to Florida.”
“‘It’s been done in the past’, said Ian Poulter. ‘It’s going to done again. That’s all we can ask.’ ”
“It has been done in the past. Once. I’ve got a feeling Team Europe is Doomed.”
Ant and Dec @antanddec
Is Gene Wojciechowski (@GenoESPN) the most embarrassed man on earth tonight? I think he may be – http://t.co/9e7BLbmF
A nice slice of humble pie for Sunday supper for Mr. Wojciechowski while Tim Dalhberg’s assessment of what transpired yesterday is a testament to why we love sport. Anything can happen. Even this.
Tim Dalhberg – Associated Press sports columnist
“Maybe it was complacency. The U.S. almost always wins the singles matches, and with a 10-6 lead going into the final day it was time to start preparing victory speeches and choose the kind of champagne they wanted to spray on each other”.
“Losing the Ryder Cup? Unthinkable.
“Striding out to their final round the American‘s could be accused of complacency. “I thought it was a great plan,” Love said. “The first two teams that were supposed to win didn’t win. It didn’t work.”
“Not all great plans do work. As Mike Tyson always liked to say, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face, and the punch the Americans took came when the Europeans won the first five matches of the day.”
“That was fun,” Jim Furyk said of Brookline. “This was pretty miserable.”
Meanwhile, European commentators are mostly in agreement with their American counterparts. This was truly miraculous.
Paul Hayward, Chief sports writer, The Telegraph
“’I still believe,’ Jose Maria Olazabal told his players Saturday night. Which was nice because nobody else did.
“This was the greatest of all Ryder cup comebacks. The U.S. team who overturned a 10-6 European lead at Brookline 13 ears ago were on home turf. Poulter and company flipped the odds on foreign soil. ‘Olazabal, who was like a brother to recently departed Seve Ballesteros, wept, saying ‘This is for the whole of Europe. Seve will always be a part of this team.’
“A suspicion is that leading 10-6 on the final day is harder than it looks. The assumption is that victory is already in the bag. With a few early setbacks there is a whiplash effect. The sense of a big lead slipping away inflicts terrible stress on the brain, in all sports. In a Ryder cup, it must feel like a vortex that cannot be escaped.”
“We knew we had a chance, and do you know what? This is history right here,” Poulter said.
Rickie Fowler @RickieFowlerPGA
…both teams played their hearts out!! It’s golf…and it’s the Ryder Cup!! Proud to be an American and proud of #TeamUSA
Neil Lennon, Celtic manager @officialneil
2 35 am in Moscow we were all glued to the Ryder cup. In bits watching Jose Maria’s tribute to Seve..Inspirational.
Phil Thompson, former Liverpool player @Phil_Thompson4
It’s been like Champions league final 2005, 3 nil down at half time to winning the Ryder cup.