You can blame a 25 minute delay and an incorrect ruling for a 5-3 whipping at home on the first day of the Solheim Cup, but whether you are in Match Play, or Metal Play, it’s always the same story. You have to make birdies if you want to win. Even though the delay on Friday afternoon at The Colorado Golf Club may have destroyed Team America’s momentum during the Fourballs competition, it still boils down to making birdies. Team Europe did, and Team America did not.
No matter how you break it down, Team Europe showed up at the Solheim Cup ready to play. If Team USA does not get off to a good start on Saturday morning, this match is over, and the Cup will head back to Europe. Team Captain Meg Mallon needs to figure out how to get Rolex Ranked number two, Stacy Lewis off the snide. Maybe pairing Lewis with rookies on day one was not a great idea.
ABC News has a full explanation of the botched ruling on Friday afternoon at the par 5 15th hole for your Saturday morning reading pleasure. I agree with Charlie Rymer at The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive that golf’s rules can be a little too much like the IRS Tax Code, confusing to say the least.
With most of the top players on the PGA Tour taking a breather this week, it gives players one last opportunity to make the playoffs. The Wyndham Championship is providing some of the players that are on the bubble to secure a berth in the final run to the FedEx Cup. Tour rookie, Patrick Reed leads the field in Greensboro by one stroke over John Huh, and two strokes over first-year phenom, Jordan Spieth. Spieth has one victory on his rookie year at the John Deere Classic, and is looking for number two.
The PGA Tour players are unhappy about drug testing being a part of life on the tour, but this problem has reached sports of all kinds. I’m sure that in lieu of Vijay Singh, and his lawsuit against the PGA, the tour is now taking this problem a little more seriously. Come on guys, take the little cup, and go do your business, it’s for the good of the game.
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