The crowd got right behind Luke Donald (Getty Images)
Crowd loving the drama
The 2010 Ryder Cup was as tight as they come as the matches ebbed and flowed and the tension in the crowds was palpable.
Through the live action in front of their eyes, the big screens and the radios, the supporters followed nervously, knowing that every shot would count.
When Rory McIlroy’s putt went in at the last to halve with Stewart Cink, the cheers around the course were almost as loud as the noise on the 18th green as those with radios celebrated the news.
The fact it was Monday morning, not Sunday, didn’t matter, nor did the knee-deep mud. Golf does not get better than this and the thousands of fans knew it.
The huge roars as Europe edged towards their 14½ point target were uplifted those in Colin Montgomerie’s Team who were behind. Francesco Molinari, two up against Tiger Woods after six holes, suddenly found out why the American has spent so long as World Number One, Woods hitting a purple patch to turn the game on its head and go four up by the 13th with some majestic iron play – including a holed approach from the fairway on the 12th – and terrific putting.
Ross Fisher started promisingly but went off the boil against Jeff Overton and slipped to two down, Peter Hanson was struggling against Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington was failing to contain Zach Johnson. But in other matches, Europe were thriving.
Edoardo Molinari was beginning to turn the screw on fellow rookie Rickie Fowler, Miguel Angel Jiménez seemed to have the measure of Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell was on fire against Hunter Mahan.
Europe were still ahead, 12-9, thanks to a win for Ian Poulter against Matt Kuchar and McIlroy’s half. But just how long would that lead last. Westwood had lost, Kaymer had lost, and the red was starting to creep onto the board.
Could it come down to the last game?