In a manner of speaking, it would, but not completely. There’s still that sting from the Ryder Cup.
When it was formally announced that Davis Love III would be the next US Ryder Cup captain, I believe we thought the Cup would return to American soil. I mean, DLIII played in six Ryder Cup contests, so he knows what goes on in these formats.
Wasn’t to be. In what I think of as “The Meltdown at Medinah”, the US took a 10-6 lead into the Sunday singles matches, only to be clearly defeated by a 8.5-3.5 margin in said singles and Europe retained the Cup.
Even more questions…and they are still being asked. My two cents…and then I will move on.
I would not have selected Jim Furyk with one of the captain’s picks. Even though Steve Stricker was playing pretty good golf at the time of the selection, something just didn’t seem right. One of those things you can’t quite get the pulse. I would have opted for Hunter Mahan (even though he was not playing his best golf at the time) and may have even done a coin flip between Rickie Fowler (not playing well either) or Bo Van Pelt. Mahan, for sure. Fowler or Van Pelt for Stricker, possibly.
To me, Stricker was on the team for Tiger reasons. Not that Tiger demanded that Stricker be on the team, but more as a confidant. What did that duo net you at Medinah? Not even a half a point. Whatever mojo they had, it’s now gone, and no need to try to reclaim it. Add that Stricker was completely shutout of the scoring and Woods gained a halve in the final singles match against Francesco Molinari…after the Cup had already been decided.
Yet, for all the criticism, Love has answered every question. He even did so after finishing his first round at Seaside. At times, I felt like he was receiving a barrage from the duo of Rich Lerner and Brandel Chamblee. Love faced the music.
So, now to Furyk. We’ve observed something from him this past season that we not used to seeing: letting leads slip away with poor shots. Olympic. Bridgestone. Had a chance to notch two wins, one a major, and could not seal the deal. The only point he won at Medinah was with Brandt Snedeker as his partner (who I still would have selected) in Saturday’s foursomes match. That tandem could have gained a halve had they not bogeyed the 18th in Friday’s foursomes.
Now, a win could put some of “that” behind them, for different reasons.
For Furyk, it could prove to the gallery that should he gain the lead at any point in the final round, he can preserve that lead. For DLIII, it cap a year that will would have been known for only one thing.
The Meltdown at Medinah.