So the U-S wins the Ryder Cup...maybe they should play without the World #1 all the time. The least experienced U-S players Anthony Kim, Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan and J. B. Holmes helped account for 11 of the United States' 16 and a half points. Throw in the efforts of Lancaster native Jim Furyk's leadership and maybe you should play without Tiger all the time...just kidding. The U-S team seemed to be jazzed by the their underdog status. Everyone thought that without Tiger the U-S was toast! Woods however has never been a great "team" player. In his past 5 Ryder Cups Woods was just 10-13-2. Not exactly what you would expect from Tiger. One thing I do think will happen is Tiger will be pumped to return in 2010 to prove that he can help the U-S retain the cup. The next Ryder Cup will be played in South Wales.
Some of the disappointments at Valhalla were among the biggest names in golf. Phil Michelson won 2 points but putted poorly down the stretch and got waxed in singles by Justin Rose 3&2. Michelson has no heart and seems to still be suffering from his implosion at Winged Foot a couple of years ago. The Euros top 3 guns of Garcia, Harrington and Westwood managed just 2 and a half points and no match wins in Louisville. Everybody is saying the loss is Nick Faldo's fault...I would disagree...one of his captain's choices--Ian Poulter--was 4-1-0. If Harrington, Garcia and Westwood played better...the Cup would be heading back over the pond.
I wonder how thrilled Ben Roethlisberger is feeling about the Steelers move of allowing Guard Allen Faneca to leave as a free agent in the off-season. The Eagles pummelled Big Ben on Sunday sacking him 9 times. If Roethlisberger and his line think the Ravens are going to drop back in coverage on Monday night he's got to be kidding.