Mayer's Memos From The Ryder Cup - Day 5
Oct. 2, 2010
NEWPORT, Wales - Indiana University head men's golf coach Mike Mayer made the trip to Wales for the 2010 Ryder Cup, serving as Jeff Overton's instructor for the competition. Coach Mayer will be providing IUHoosiers.com with a daily blog during his entire trip.
Overton played at IU from 2002-05 and is making his Ryder Cup debut, playing for Team USA. Here is the fifth installment of "Mayer's Memos From the Ryder Cup"...
From Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, somewhere between sleep deprivation and an adrenaline rush, its time for yet another Ryder Cup blog.
Sometimes words simply can't do justice, and I fear that is the case today. For those of you who got up early to watch some of the action back home you probably know what I mean. It was a special morning for Jeff and, as far as I am concerned, a special day for him. I know that after Jeff and Bubba Watson triumphed against Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington in the morning fourball; Luke came back, this time with Ian Poulter, to take down the US rookie duo in the afternoon foursomes match. But, with that being said, Jeff played brilliantly throughout the matches earning a new nickname of "The Menace" from the Euro press.
Saw Jeff briefly in the clubhouse before play started this morning and gave him a few words of encouragement. No need, I felt, to go with him to the driving range to warm-up. I sensed something special was about to happen and felt there was nothing for me to do but watch.
And it was special indeed as Jeff birdied three straight holes to start the continued fourball match, and lipped out his birdie effort on this fourth hole of the morning. The match ended up being Big Ten (IU) against Big Ten (Northwestern) as Jeff and Luke dominated the play. I'm told it was the first Ryder Cup loss in fourball ever for Luke and he can thank Jeff for ruining his perfect record. Sky Sports Network, which is handling the television coverage over here, said "Luke Donald was brilliant this morning at 4-under par, but he was nothing compared to Jeff Overton who was 6-under."
Had a few minutes between the conclusion of Jeff's first match and the start of his afternoon foursomes (alternate shot) match, and enjoyed a very special moment. No, it was not when I was walking side-by-side with Michael Jordan down the 18th fairway watching the end of the Tiger Woods/Steve Stricker match against . It happend in the clubhouse during lunch. Going through the buffet line in the Twenty Ten Clubhouse I saw an item that got my attention. Ratatouille is a traditional French dish of stewed vegetable but the meaning, to me, is far different. The movie I most enjoy watching with my four-year-old son is the Disney/Pixar children's classic Ratatouille. It's a cute story about a rat who becomes a chef and my son, Ty, often sits quietly in my lap for the entire movie. I miss you terribly Ty -- I think the leak has opened.
Jeff and Bubba battled hard in the foursomes match taking a 1-up lead going into the driveable 15th hole. An errant drive by Watson left Jeff a nearly impossible pitch shot, while the Euro team garnered an easy birdie to square the match. After Jeff ripped it down the middle on the 499-yard 16th, Bubba's long second shot found the short greenside bunker and the Americans found themselves one down with two to play. It was all Luke on the long par-3 17th nailing a 4-iron to about two feet to secure the 2-and-1 victory.
Dr. Larry Rink was called back to the Celtic Manor Resort last night to deal with a medical situation involving the relative of one of the USA staff. Officials had called a specialist from London to deal with the problem but the specialist, who knew Dr. Rink was at the Ryder Cup, got in touch with Larry who promptly got in a cab and hustled back to the the resort to take care of the situation. Thanks Larry for everything you do for IU and, in this case, the USA Ryder Cup Team.
It was again Jeff and Bubba in another fourball match against Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson that started late in the day. Through six holes, two birdies for Bubba while Jeff had to settle for all pars. The Euro duo, though, had scorching hot putters while garnering four birdies to take a two hole lead into the night. The USA Team, although it is holding a 6-to-4 lead overall, are down in all six matches that were in progress when darknesss fell.
Forecast tomorrow is for lots and lots of rain. Hopefully the leak will not be too big and the USA will garner its first Ryder Cup win on foreign soil since 1993.
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