Team Europe's Sergio Garcia was up in arms after making an improbable putt on the 18th green Saturday at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches. (Photo: Getty Images)
Saturday's Five Shots of the Day
What were the best, baddest and biggest shots of Saturday's action at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches? Read on to see our list of the shots heard 'round Oakland Hills.
Don Jozwiak, PGA.com Contributor
September 18, 2004
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Twenty-three of the world's best golfers combined to play eight matches on Day 2 of the 35th Ryder Cup Matches on Saturday. There were many amazing shots struck over the 129 holes of golf that were played at Oakland Hills Country Club, and here's a guide to the five most memorable shots of the day.
No. 1: Oh, Sergio!
Sergio Garcia had an impossible putt for bogey on the 18th hole during his morning four-ball match with Lee Westwood. His putt needed to go up and over a huge swale, then downhill toward the cup. Oh, and the 45-foot putt had about 25 feet of break in it. It was assumed that Sergio was putting only to give Westwood a read for his shot from the other side of the green. Whether that was the case or not, Garcia picked the perfect line and the precise speed needed to make this once-in-a-lifetime putt. The ball tumbled into the hole on its last revolution and helped Team Europe halve the match.
No. 2: Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The Irish duo of Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley lost the first two holes of their afternoon foursomes match with Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. Undaunted, the European teammates stormed back to take the lead and came to the 15th hole with a chance to close out the match. McGinley took care of business, dropping his approach shot just five feet from the cup to set up a conceded birdie that sealed a 4-and-3 victory.
No. 3: Driven to Succeed
Tiger Woods stood on the first tee of his morning four-ball match with an 0-2 record in this year's Ryder Cup Matches. With one swing of his driver, he made a big statement about the soundness of his game. Woods smashed his drive more than 300 yards, and he and partner Chris Riley never trailed in a 4-and-3 rout of Darren Clarke and Ian Poulter.
No. 4: The Rarest of Birds
Ryder Cup Rookie David Howell had only played four events in the U.S. prior to this week. Apparently, no one told him to be scared of the 17th hole at Oakland Hills -- one of the toughest par-3s in golf. With his team 1-down and facing a four-ball loss, Howell hit his long-iron tee shot to five feet, then calmly sank the putt for a rare birdie on No. 17. He and fellow rookie Paul Casey would go on to win the match with Chad Campbell and Jim Furyk on the 18th hole, starting a furious European rally.
No. 5: Cink, Sank, Sunk
The European combo of Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington looked to be unstoppable this week -- until Stewart Cink stopped them. Cink and Davis Love III had a 3-up lead on No. 16, but there was still a chance for Montgomerie and Harrington to get back in the match. But Cink sank a 25-foot curling birdie putt that ended the match and gave Team USA a much-needed point.