Saturday, 20 September 2008

Westwood and Garcia needed a breather, Faldo didn't go mental after all...

It's transpired that the reason for Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood sitting out the morning session of foursomes was a request from the pair to be rested. Having played every session of every Ryder Cup they've been involved in, they've usually done so buoyed by having a successful first day. Perhaps having not had that success to keep their energy levels boosted they felt they needed a break to recharge their batteries. Why Nick Faldo kept that fact to himself to leave the media slating his name, not even telling them at last night's press conference when the decision had already been taken, is a mystery that will be pored over at length now.

Azinger's gamble on Chad Campbell has not paid off at all, he and Cink getting off to a horrible start, unable to live with the on fire pairing of Poulter and Rose who have peppered the pins thus far to be four up after six, Cink just missing a shortish putt on 6 to get one back and then promptly finding water on seven, Oh Dear... Leonard and Mahan have run into much tougher test against Jimenez and McDowell who have taken a two hole lead over them after four.

Elsewhere however, the Mickelson Kim dream team are flying against new blood Oliver Wilson and Henrik Stenson, racing to a three hole lead after four holes. Faldo needs to get out there and put a reassuring arm round the shoulders of this pair. Though Azinger has been out with Campbell and co and it's had little effect...

Harrington and Karlsson have slipped behind Perry and Furyk by two holes, a comeback is needed in this one if Europe are to get back into the match overall, can't see Stenson and Wilson pegging back their game. Come on Harrington, Europe needs you!

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