Monday, September 25, 2006

Ryder Cup Review

And now it's time for an analysis of where I went wrong in my Ryder Cup preview.

1. Tiger Woods vs. Sergio Garcia - Woods Garcia - Garcia continues his role as clown prince of the Ryder Cup.
2. Jim Furyk vs. Luke Donald - Furyk Donald - Breaking news! Luke Donald has broken Sergio's reign as the top European player in the Official World Golf Rankings.
3. Phil Mickelson vs. Henrik Stenson - Mickelson Stenson - It seems most people agree that Mickelson's performance was the biggest disappointment of the event.
4. David Toms vs. David Howell - Howell - Being a Howell fan proved to be correct.
5. Chris DiMarco vs. Colin Montgomerie - Montgomerie - If you combine Monty's singles record with Garcia's teamplay record, you would just about have the perfect Ryder Cup man.
6. Chad Campbell vs. Padraig Harrington - Harrington Campbell - Well, I thought this choice was obvious, but Harrington was Europe's biggest disappointment with only 1/2 of a point. Campbell only fared slightly better with two halves.
7. Stewart Cink vs. Jose Maria Olazabal - Cink - Ollie collected 1/2 of a point more than Cink, but I'm still saying I was right here for two reasons. Olazabal's points were largely influenced by Garcia. Cink's win in Sunday's singles was quite impressive.
8. Scott Verplank vs. Darren Clarke - Verplank Clarke - I repent of doubting Clarke. Verplank also did well when he had the chance to play, but the inspiration surrounding Clarke wins out.
9. Zach Johnson vs. Paul Casey - Casey - I look forward to seeing if Casey's match play prowess of late translates back to stroke play as the regular season continues. 10. Vaughn Taylor vs. Robert Karlsson - Karlsson - Karlsson had the dubious privilege of playing against Tiger on Sunday marring his rookie Ryder Cup record.
11. J. J. Henry vs. Lee Westwood - Henry Westwood - I was right that Henry would do well, but I was wrong to doubt Westwood.
12. Brett Wetterich vs. Paul McGinley - McGinley - Well, McGinley didn't do that great, but he did do better than Wetterich

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