Europe look to keep blue on the board
The third session got underway at 13.30 as scheduled after the morning rain delay and Europe continued as they left off the previous evening with Westwood and Donald turning the screw.
The third session got underway at 13.30 as scheduled after the morning delay but Europe continued as they left off the previous evening with Westwood and Donald turning the screw.
Successive birdies from the European pair on the resumption of their match against the American pair of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, unbeaten in their previous six matches together in both Ryder Cup and President Cup formats, put the Europeans six up through 11.
Immediately roars were reverberating around the course and not only from the Europeans as the American rookie partnership of Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton clawed a hole back on Miguel Angel Jiménez and Peter Hanson when Overton holed a spectacular approach to the eighth.
“This thing is on a knife edge,” said Montgomerie as his team headed out to the course, ahead in all six matches. “And this morning is so, so important for Europe to maintain that momentum, to get that crowd, to get that crowd behind us again, the way they were last night, was magnificent.
Montgomerie also instructed a change to the leadboard to highlight the blue sweeping across the board.
“As you can probably see, I've asked last night for the scoreboards to be changed, and all of the scoreboards now read blue, instead of the score boards on the right hand side that you really could not get a hang of what was going on. We've gone back, really, to the 2002 situation where the scoreboards are blue and that gives everybody a lift, and they all change accordingly. Let's hopefully for everybody in European golf, let's change in that right direction.
“If we can take a lead in the singles, great. If we can get back to 8 all, great. To win a session 4-2 nowadays with the closeness of competition is fantastic. We have an opportunity, yes, to go ahead, only an opportunity. We haven't taken it yet.”
Pavin was positive about his team’s prospects of reversing the momentum.
“I think basically we need to play better today than we did yesterday. The European Team played very well yesterday starting off. So we just have to turn around momentum, win a few holes and change that board a little bit.”