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Ryder Cup - day two

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This could be D-Day for Nick Faldo and his European team.

The US team hold a three-point lead after a dramatic opening day. A similar result on Saturday and the trophy could be heading back to the other side of the pond.

Europe will have to do it without two of their big guns after Faldo controversially left out Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood for Saturday's opening foursomes.

Yesterday's predictions were scratchy at best. Hopefully I'll be totally wrong again with these ones, because they don't look good from a European point of view.

Cink/Campbell v Poulter/Rose EUROPE WIN
Leonard/Mahan v Jimenez/McDowell USA WIN
Mickelson/Kim v Stenson/Wilson USA WIN
Furyk/Perry v Harrington/Karlsson HALVED

What do you reckon? Give me your predictions for day two and feel free to slaughter me for mine.

There was some top chat yesterday and we'll need more of the same today if we are to get through another day of Ryder Cup madness.

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posted Sep 21, 2008

Bad management ,terrible plan for last day .
Faldo got what he deserves .
Probably good for the game that USA have won .

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posted Sep 21, 2008

He is an idiot ,trying to be cute . Totally backfired on him . Looked like a spoilt bold child . He was first out , should have been a leader . Let us down badly .Now he will have Kim and Harrington in his mind all the time time .

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comment by jim040z (U7242159)

posted Sep 21, 2008

happy faldo got stuffed . the guys arrogance is a disgrace.

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posted Sep 21, 2008

if you seriously think we lost the cup because of faldo you now NOTHING about golf..!!
the americans were brilliant ,right from the word go.they totally deserved it ,but by and large i thought the europeans did well to stay with them at times!

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posted Sep 21, 2008

Faldo was a decent Captain. Not the best maybe but he didn't do much wrong. The standard of golf was astonishing but the US had a clear edge. Well done them.

A raspberry to Sky's abysmal coverage. Too many ads. And were they just taking the US Network's feed? Inane commentary at times. Jacklin added nothing and if I have to hear Butch Harmon say "Wonderful GOLF shot" again I'll scream. What other sort of shot would it be Butch?!?!

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posted Sep 21, 2008

Bit like cricket, you need the middle order to score.

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comment by gracook (U9874959)

posted Sep 21, 2008

i think faldo can feel justifiably let down by the so called 'star' players. Harrington was never at the races and his comments on saturday were very negative, Garcia was poor too. Poulter has gone up 1000 percent in my estimation, he was really up for this and was a class act throughout with Rose not far behind, Mcdowell played very well too but we didn't really see the best of anyone else. I think the fact that we were completely hyped up before this tournament too which completely played in to the hands of the USA, the media whipping up the europeans ala prmier league football which as usual had a completely negative efect.
Fair play to the Americans though - they played some fantastic golf and thoroughly deserved the win.

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posted Sep 22, 2008

RYDER 2008 – OUR WORST DEFEAT AGAINST THE AMERICANS SINCE 1783

Well it probably wasn’t that bad (if you know your history) but it was avoidable. When will Captains learn it is best to be underdogs. We should not talk up how great we are, as Bernie once said “we don’t want to get them mad”. THIS IS GOLF – tactics are everything, reputations count for nothing.
Also when trailing on the last day PUT OUT YOUR BEST PLAYERS EARLY TO GET POINTS ON THE BOARD. So that’s Poulter, Rose, Karlsson, McDowell out early then next time.

The crowds were as usual magnificent both USA and European fans were brilliant. If you can’t stand a crowd like this it is best to play badly so you can whinge about it later. Cotton wool helps for those of a nervous disposition.

2010 is likely to be a similar fair test of birdie-fest golf tempered only by good honest Welsh weather.
SANDY LYLE should be our ideal understated captain of the European underdogs having FOUR PICKS. And Monty / Darren we want you on the team so please extract digits.

Sandymancan

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posted Sep 22, 2008

All i saw on these pages was the selection of ian poulter. Maybe you people who critized his selection should have the balls to come on hear and praise him. 4 out of 5 top points scorer. And praise for rose mcdowell karlsson and wilson who should of played more.

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comment by jtsat1 (U13398129)

posted Sep 22, 2008

I live in Louisville and attended all 3 days. Most of the Europeans actually played great golf. Saturday was an amazing day. The local BBC broadcast was great. I love the descriptive langauage your commentators use. Main difference we putted much better than the last three cups. The Europeans made so many putts the last 3 times and we missed so many short putts. The greens were more set to American taste than European which really helped. I also have to give credit to our local boys JB and Kenny Perry along with the rookies.

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