GOLF RYDER CUP: THE FRAGMENTED nature of this 38th edition of the Ryder Cup hasn’t diminished its appeal. Quite the contrary, in fact, as the European team yesterday displayed the sort of passion and desire that would do its instigator, Seve Ballesteros, the world of good.
They concluded the previous day’s unfinished business with surgical precision to leave the United States almost empty-handed from the six matches, giving Colin Montgomerie’s team a 9½ to 6½ lead heading into the final series of 12 singles today.
On a day when the appearance of rainbows in the Welsh valleys provided hope the rains which have forced a Monday finish for the first time since the event’s inception in 1927 had finally departed, Europe surely inflicted terminal wounds on American ambitions to retain the trophy.
Europe were simply irresistible, emerging belatedly after another delay to the scheduled play from the team locker-room with intent.
Indeed, Lee Westwood had posted a written reminder above the exit door to his team-mates to make a “fast start”.
That determination and desire was taken to the sodden course.