For the first time this century, the Ryder Cup is in US hands. With a final score of USA 16 ½, Europe 11 ½, Azinger's red shirted wonders took back the coveted cup in Louisville a few hours ago. Anthony Kim "played awesome", Boo Weekly continuously stoked the crowd and... on the other side... Ian Poulter may have finally silenced his critics.
Then there were the darker outcomes. Nick Faldo has some questionable decisions to answer for, but knowing Nick Faldo, he'll land firmly on his feet. I know guys like Nick Faldo, and even monumental losses hardly dent their veneer. Besides, he has the controversial Poulter pick to fall back on. Phil Mickelson, the great left-hander with the perennially hot wife, was underwhelming, and ultimately remained faithful to his Ryder reputation. And Sergio...the life blood of the European team since the start of the millennium...struggled throughout.
It was as inspired, exciting and highly charged as golf gets... however, hardly headline-worthy, it seems. News of the U.S. victory was a discreet footnote on ESPN.com this afternoon, overshadowed by the losing Patriots and the final game at Yankee Stadium.
I try not to worry about that, but I do. I know golf is a niche sport, but with the economic climate we're entering I fear support for golf may erode further, to the point where it'll revert to its exclusionary past where greens fees were unaffordable and tee times impossible to get. After enjoying the heck out of this Ryder Cup, I'm hoping I'm wrong about that.