by Mike Livingston; Host, The Clubhouse Radio Show
What can one say about what we witnessed this past weekend at Medinah CC in Chicago? It rang eerily of the Miracle at Brookline in 1998 and when I say eerie, do you remember whose turn it was to putt when Justin Leonard dropped that 40’ bomb sending the place into Woodstock, complete with the player’s wives storming the green?……yeah, Jose’ Maria Olazabal, the 2012 Captain of the European squad…..eerie.
I hate to say I felt a twinge on Saturday night but as the morning matches went so well for the Americans and the afternoon continued along so swimmingly we looked invincible, right? You started hearing all of the quotes and the stats on the different media outlets (always the kiss of death) saying that this would be the second biggest comeback ever but you try not to listen…..just in case. Just in case of the last two matches on Saturday, which were seeming to go the Americans way most of the day until the end. We ended up losing the last two matches where one would have guessed, while standing on the 16th tee, that we’d have halved those matches, at a minimum. Instead, to close Saturday, a lead of 10-4 quickly became 10-6 to be slept on, overnight.
The twelve singles matches on Sunday, mano-y-mano still looked to be an uphill battle for the Euros, especially if you listen to those pundits but that’s why they play the game….or something like that, right? The Euro strategy was clear from the start and that was: get the horses out early and see if we can pick up some early wins and build some momentum…..and that’s kind of what happened. Even those Americans that had been hot earlier in the week and we may have “counted on” for wins were down early…..Bradley, Mickelson……and in the end where we might have gone into Sunday looking for match 8,9 or 10 to be the one to be the clincher for the Americans, it was not to be. It was the Euros with the unbelievable upset from the most unusual place, Martin Kaymer…..dropping a putt in match 11, nullifying the meaning of the final match – that of Tiger Woods and Francisco Molinari and keeping the Cup across the Pond……and so goes another Ryder Cup and U.S. underachievement.
Locally your sports can be had weekly with “The Clubhouse with Mike Livingston” radio show on KNEWS 94.3 FM from 6 – 8 a.m. Guests o‘ plenty with lots of big surprises ahead so join me as we talk sports here in the valley and across the globe! We’ll be looking for you in The Clubhouse on Saturday mornings from 6-8 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM……Heads Up!
Mike Livingston is the Host of The Clubhouse Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.