Posted on 30 September 2012.
Day 2 finished and thanks to a superb comeback by the European team, and particularly Ian Poulter, we have at least a slim chance of retaining the trophy despite a 10-6 deficit.
As with all team events, but with the Ryder Cup especially, there will always be winners and losers. With the combination of two teams of twelve; two sessions of foursomes; two sessions of four-balls and all participants playing at least once up until now, it is impossible to cover all the bases but here are a few observations…
Tiger Woods – played 3 won none…flashes of brilliance but nothing to show for it…all fur coat and no…In the singles against Molinari who knows? I fancy Francesco to take him a la Rocca but fear it could be a bit of a car crash.
Nicolas Colsaerts – most successful Ryder Cup rookie ever; robbed by lip-outs on day 2 for another epic performance; paired against US big hitter Dustin Johnson in singles; could be a cracker. Fancy the Belgian to take him 3 and 2.
Martin Kaymer – should have handed in a sick note and not even gone to Chicago; future lame dogs take note. Stricker has struggled but should win.
Lee Westwood – Colsaerts’ performance on Friday afternoon’s four-balls gave him a win and saved his blushes…he has been poor to say the least. A win against Kuchar will be a surprise but he has been so bad this week so far he may just come good.
Looking for inspiration!
Rory – obviously love the guy but I suspect a bit jaded after his recent efforts. Will rise and shine in the singles although Keegan Bradley is on a high this week and will be very hard to beat.
GMac – has played better but I am hoping for a big performance on Sunday against Zach Johnson who really gets on my wick for some reason.
Poulter – what more is there to be said? Webb Simpson watch out.
Sergio – hard to call. Up against Furyk in the singles and could go either way. May need the spirit of Seve to carry him through as Furyk is a tough nut to crack.
Justin Rose – gone up in my estimation for a number of reasons this week. Up against a revived Mickleson on Sunday and could be a cracker of a match. I’ve gone for Rosie.
Paul Lawrie – vastly under-rated; solid guy with a big heart and I hope for a good performance against Snedeker who can be shaky at times.
Luke Donald – a Chicago home-town boy. I have never seen Luke miss so many putts as he has this week and hope he has saved them for Sunday. Out first against Bubba Watson who will have the crowd wound up to the nines but I suspect he could crash and burn and Cool Hand Luke will produce the goods for Europe with a 5 and 4 win.
Peter Hanson – impossible to call but don’t expect any stand-up comedy acts from these two. Take a half because nobody will really notice or care – unless it becomes the match that matters!
Features Editor Jenny is going for 6 European wins in Colsaerts, Donald, Lawrie, McIlroy, Molinari and Rose with halves for Garcia, Poulter and Kaymer giving the US the trophy with the required 14 1/2 points.
Despite how bad he has been I hope Kaymer redeems himself and I am going for him to win along with Colsaerts, Donald, Garcia, Hanson, Lawrie, McIlroy and Rose with halves for Molinari and Poulter giving us 15 points, although 14 will be enough for us to retain the trophy.
The bookies would laugh at my predictions as it should be a US whitewash but allow me to dream…for now.