Sorry Darren, we couldn't wait!
- 24 Sep 06, 03:46 PM
K CLUB - So there is to be no Irishman in a lake scenario this time...but who cares!
The soft, rookie underbelly of the US team always looked vulnerable and once their top order had been dealt with it became a race to the line for Europe's middle order.
The crowd wanted an Irishman (and ideally a certain Northern Irishman) but will definitely settle for a Swede. Well done Henrik Stenson.
Having won "only" half a point prior to the singles and struggling early on against opponent Vaughn Taylor, the 30-year-old from Gothenburg finally started to open his shoulders and justify his world ranking of 11.
Stenson, who won the last event of the Ryder Cup qualification process, birdied the 6th and 7th to get back on terms and then played par golf as Taylor let the occasion and all that blue on the scoreboard get to him.
Only moments before Luke Donald had sealed a bogey-free 2&1 win over Chad Campbell and David Howell had completed a 5&4 demolition of Brett Wetterich.
What was supposed to be a nail-biter became a European highlights film.
And then 10 minutes after an unprecedented third straight Ryder Cup victory (and fifth triumph in six) had been claimed, the K Club galleries got what they came for...Clarke celebrating a third win this weekend with his ecstatic captain and jubilant team-mates.
Lump in throat stuff for me, I'm afraid. And I don't think I'm alone.
American fans thought it couldn't get any worse after Oakland Hills, I thought it couldn't get any worse after Oakland Hills. We were all wrong. This wasn't a contest, it was a coronation. Hail King Woosie!
Absolutely fantastic stuff, I'm off to get a pint.
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