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Ryder Cup 2014 Daily Update: Saturday September 27

September 27, 2014
Ryder Cup

After the second day of the Ryder Cup Matches, here are some observations and musings about this great event at Gleneagles:

  • Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed have played fantastic. Spieth is so calm and confident over every shot. It looks like he’ll be a great Ryder Cup player for years to come. Patrick Reed doesn’t lack in confidence either, and has looked like he’s been ready to play since he stepped off the team plane on Monday.
  • Ian Poulter is in prime form again this Ryder Cup as the number one antagonist for the U.S.A. team. After chipping in on No. 15 in the morning session on Saturday he fist pumped and thumped his heart as he mugged for the European fans and television cameras.
  • Justin Rose is back to his fantastic putting ways at this Ryder Cup. Just like at Medinah, he seems to sink just about everything no matter the distance. His long distance putting is phenomenal.
  • Rory is King. Everywhere the “No. 1 Player in the World” goes, so goes the crowd. Just like Tiger in his heyday, the crowds are humongous around McIlroy. Both the European and American fans love this kid.
  • When you’re roaming the course, you can always distinguish a Europe roar from a U.S. roar. The American fans are decidedly outnumbered and the European faithful are into every shot and relish beating Team U.S.A.
  • Some of our celebrity sightings: Basketball icon Michael Jordan on the 18th hole this morning following Rickie Fowler and JimmyWalker; Former head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Marv Levy, in the breakfast room at Radisson Blu in Edinburgh; former Pittsburgh Steeler great Lynn Swann walking down the first fairway and Corey Pavin, Colin Montgomeries and Ian Woosnam at the practice range on Thursday prior to the Celebrity Challenge Match for celebs and past Ryder Cup captains.
  • We know we’re partisan, but the unbelievably creative outfits worn by our fans should definitely get us the “Best Dressed Fans” award for Ryder Cup 2014.
  • You get so enamored with the golf action, you almost forget to look at your surroundings. There are beautiful hills in the distance offering phenomenal panoramas.
  • Some of the best features of the Spectator Village are the BMW display where you can get your picture taken with an American flag; the Striding Man Public Bar; Heritage Museum; the Ryder Cup Experience (an interactive attraction) and the Scotland display booth, which occasionally offers samples of single malt whisky.
  • It appears that the U.S.A. team will be down by a substantial margin, so we’ll need some great play, a little bit of luck and loud American fans to pull this off tomorrow.