Europe shocked the United States on Sunday, turning a 10-6 deficit into a 14.5-13.5 victory at the 2012 Ryder Cup. Depending on which side of the Atlantic you occupy, it was either the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history… or the most colossal collapse in Ryder Cup history. In actuality, it was a little bit of both. Ian Poulter was the best golfer on planet earth this weekend. Justin Rose birdied 17 and 18 to win his match while Jim Furyk bogeyed 17 and 18 to lose his. Neither Steve Stricker or Tiger Woods won Sunday, let alone a single match in the entire competition. And, most of all, Martin Kaymer was able to make a six footer with everything on the line.
It was a surprising turn of events, but given Ryder Cup history and the talent on the European team, it wasn't entirely inconceivable. In fact, with two huge victories in the last two matches on Saturday, Europe had plenty of momentum heading into Sunday. I mean, it's not like a columnist at a major outlet would write a column Saturday night saying the Ryder Cup was over, right? Right?
Enter ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski and his column "Ryder Cup all but locked up for US." Oh boy…
"For those who think this Ryder Cup is finished, think again. Team Europe can still win if the following five things happen Sunday:
– Keegan Bradley is abducted.
– Team USA captain Davis Love III inserts Cup spectators Michael Jordan, President George W. Bush, Amy Mickelson and the Rev. Jesse Jackson into the singles lineup.
– Lee Westwood: U.S. citizen.
– Marty McFly shows Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal how to go back in time. Last Friday morning will do.
– Team Europe wins eight of the remaining 12 matches to retain the cup
Never mind. It's over. Olazabal can click off the walkie-talkie and take the IFB out of his ear. Time for the Europeans to fire up the private jets and head back home to Florida."
Not sure about those first four, but number five definitely happened. Turns out that was enough.
[Tip of the hat to @barglancy]