The Agony Of Defeat

I’m not a huge golf fan.  But I typically watch some of the major tournaments and I always tune into the Ryder Cup. Yesterday, that led to a pretty disappointing day. On TV, they called it the “Collapse in Chicago”, but I prefer “The Miracle at Medinah”.  The fact that Europe came back from a 10-6 deficit on U.S. soil is truly a miracle.

I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.  The only time in the Ryder Cup’s history when a team had comeback form a 10-6 deficit was 1999 when the U.S. did it, but that was on home soil. Yesterday, the European Team had to overcome not only a huge deficit on the scoreboard, but a hostile crowd as well.

And overcome it they did. Phil Mickelson had a 1-up lead on the 16th and narrowly missed a chip in that could have won the match. But, he missed and Justin Rose hit an amazing putt to square the match.  Mickelson, applauded Rose’s putt and then went out and lost the final hole to lose the match. Jim Furyk also went from 1-up after 16, to lose the match.

It was a stunning display of futility and it extended Europe’s dominance of the Ryder Cup. They have now won five of the last six and they haven’t lost on European soil since 1993.  Something to keep in mind for 2014.

I am sure in the days ahead there will be a lot of discussion of what went wrong with the U.S. team. I don’t know what the answer to that question is, but I know it was a miserable thing to watch.

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  • blmeanie  On October 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I didn’t watch any. Seems there isn’t a killer instinct on the American team since Tiger went to dinner at a Perkins restaurant…

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