After dominating their first two matches, the duo of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker ran into trouble late Saturday. (Getty Images)
After catching their breath, says Pavin, U.S. will come out firing on Sunday
The members of Team USA won’t deny that darkness fell at an opportune moment on Saturday. But from Captain Corey Pavin on down, they stress that they still like their overall position.
By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer
NEWPORT, Wales -- Through two sessions of the 38th Ryder Cup, the United States has established a two-point lead.
That’s all well and good for the Americans, but not exactly a clear picture of where things truly stand at the moment.
The third session got under way Saturday afternoon but, due to darkness, will be forced to resume on Sunday morning. And that darkness couldn’t have come soon enough for the U.S. team.
Because of the weather that interrupted Friday’s play, there was a lot of catching up to do Saturday. And that wasn’t lost on the Europeans. While they trail by two points in the overall score, the home team amazingly has a lead in all six of the third-session matches that are scheduled to continue early on Sunday.
Four of those leads for the Europeans are by 2 up or better.
While optimism might be as hard to find as the sun in Wales right now, the U.S. is certainly taking a glass-half-full approach.
“It's funny, we have been down I think in both matches, or both sessions,” noted Bubba Watson. “The first session the other day, we got rained out for a little bit. But we come back and win, we're one point up on each session. So we are obviously not where we want to be but we still have a long way to go in this session and we can always come back and dominate this session. Right now, we are just … nobody is really doing much.”
For his part, Hunter Mahan, along with foursomes partner Zach Johnson who are currently 3 down through seven holes in their match against Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, was happy to see Saturday end.
“It looks like obviously right now, they have the momentum, so this break couldn't come at a better time,” he said.
Though the momentum the Europeans have might look daunting, U.S. Captain Corey Pavin pointed out that none of those points are set in stone just yet.
“We are just going to have to go back tonight, rest up, come out and fire at them tomorrow,” he said. “We’re down in all six matches. I have not seen points given for matches that are through four, five, six or seven holes, so we’re going to go out and try to turn those around and try to turn the momentum back in our favor.”