Favourites floored by friendly fire
- 5 Sep 06, 06:27 PM
USA - So the European team has been finalized. The 12 chosen sacrificial lambs have been named……..
Oh, sorry, that is for my blog in America. Just kidding!!!
The European team looks very good top to bottom. Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood are very solid captain’s picks, although both come with question marks, especially if you believe what Thomas Bjorn had to say about Westwood being chosen.
I just feel Darren might be a bit fragile mentally to be put under so much pressure so soon after Heather’s passing.
Lee has not had the kind of year that either Ian Woosnam nor he had hoped for, but Lee does bring a lot of Ryder Cup experience to the team.
I wonder, how does a guy like Carl Pettersson get experience? He totally outplayed all but possibly two or three of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, having won twice on the US PGA Tour in the past 10 months. So, on what basis was he not chosen?
That question just seems to keep popping into my head. I know not everyone can make a 12-man roster, but this guy has played really well. Would he, if he were British, have been chosen?
With the match still just over two weeks away, it seems first blood has been drawn, and at the hands of friendly fire no less. Courtesy of Thomas Bjorn, Ian Woosnam has now been blooded as a captain.
The Americans put up a VERY united front when they all flew over to Ireland together last week for a couple days' of practice, albeit in horrific conditions.
Can captain Lehman bring 12 individuals together, who for the first time in history will not be favourites, and win back the Cup?
How will the Europeans handle being favourites for the first time? Will the added pressure be too much?
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