What an unbelievable day of matches on Singles Sunday.
Just three great days of golf by the Americans to go out and retrieve the Ryder Cup 16 1/2-11 1/2 without the services of some guy named Tiger Woods.
And what a great day for the U.S. Anthony Kim emerged on the greatest stage of his career and completely outplayed one of the Cup’s best players in history, Sergio Garcia. And he did it in impressive fashion, just drilling Garcia with four birdies on the front nine.
And there were other brilliant performances on Sunday. Jim Furyk grinded out one of the world’s best grinders in Miguel Angel Jimenez. J.B. Holmes was sensational. The galloping Boo Weekley — my God (Boo-S-A! Boo-S-A!). Hunter Mahan was tremendous. So was Kenny Perry.
And how about Paul Azinger, who could have been one of the game’s best players historically were it not for a cancer scare interrupting his career. He took the captaincy and overhauled the points system that makes up the team, took on the added pressure of making four, not two, captain’s picks, and hit on it perfectly.
To think, the Americans won this Cup because of the sterling play of six Ryder Cup rookies. It didn’t need Tiger Woods, and it didn’t need Phil Mickelson, either, who was dreadful on a big stage again.
What a glorious day of golf. This is what the game should be. The sportsmanship. The passion. The 13th Man. The roars. The putts. The darts thrown at the pins.
This was special. This is something to hold onto for a while. What a spectacle of sport.
The U.S. did it.