They still just don’t get it. Not even after the repeated humiliations of 25 years.
Jim Furyk’s concession to the Europeans was strangely familiar to many that were at the last, infamous press conference for a losing USA Ryder Cup team four years ago at Gleneagles…but Phil Mickelson was strictly on-message this time.
A glance of the singles draw for Sunday’s play in the 42nd Ryder Cup makes one reasonably optimistic for the USA that they could overhaul Europe’s four point lead.
Jim Furyk is sticking rigidly to his plan – for now – and sending out the same fourball teams for the Saturday morning play, although he changed the order.
Europe rallied from a morning full of misfortune to record their first session whitewash since 1989 and end the first day of the 42nd Ryder Cup with all the momentum and a 5-3 lead.
This remarkable afternoon in Paris didn’t seem right. Weren’t the USA supposed to be unassailable from these occasional humiliations?
Thomas Bjorn’s emotional appeal to European unity – not a comment on Brexit, he insisted – sounded the clarion call in Paris as the talking mercifully ended and the pairings lined up for the 44th Ryder Cup to finally start.
The first session at a Ryder Cup is rarely pivotal – only last time, when the US swept a foursomes session 4-0, and the rout of 2004, when the US managed just half a point in fourballs, could they be regarded as being the writing on the wall.
Beware the injured golfer, goes the time-honoured cliché. The US team at Le Golf National yesterday seemingly tried to elevate that to new levels.
Tiger Woods arrived in the US team room at their transit hotel to a hero’s welcome from his Ryder Cup colleagues after his long-awaited comeback victory, but captain Jim Furyk said he’d “flipped the page” already.