Men's Golf

    Mayer's Memos From The Ryder Cup - Day 6

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Mike Mayer
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Mike Mayer
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 3, 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 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 sixth installment of "Mayer's Memos From the Ryder Cup"...

    In Welsh they say eryr and in English we say eagle. No, I'm not talking about the beautiful national symbol of our country that my wife, Kim, and I enjoy watching as they soar over our home near Lake Lemon. I'm talking golf now -- I'm talking about the most exciting golf shot I've ever seen. If you missed Jeff holing out a wedge from 131 yards on the 439-yard, par four 8th hole hole today you missed something special. It was simply electric.

    I know that Jeff and Bubba Watson fell to the Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and the Swede Peter Hanson, 1-down, in perhaps one of the best matches in this year's cup. But Jeff's play today was simply brilliant -- sorry, I couldn't resist.

    Was standing behind the 15th tee as Jeff ripped a driver to about 25-feet from the hole on the 377-yard par four (about a 278 carry over the trees) and Tiger Woods, who was standing next to me, mouthed the word WOW. If Hanson hadn't made a miraculous pitch from the hazard left of the green to about five feet, and sunk the putt, Bubba and Jeff would have taken their first lead in the match and who knows what might have happened. On 16, the toughest hole on the course at 499 yards, Jeff stuck it to 14-feet, but Jimenez's 25-footer was the game changer.

    A few thoughts on today's Ryder Cup action:
    • The Twenty Ten Course is simply a mud bog. I am one of the lucky ones -- I'm actually one of the luckiest people on the planet to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience -- who get to walk inside the ropes. Outside the ropes is beyond belief and quite a shame. This links course was pristine when I arrived on site early Tuesday morning. Not so much now.
    • It's also a crying shame that the weather has wrecked havoc on the competiton here in Wales. The entire nation has been preparing for this event for a number of years and it was hoped that it would be a boom for the economy here, not only in the short term, but long term as well. The weather will probabaly put a lot of doubt in the minds of those who might want to travel to this wonderful nation.
    • The bucket hat has returned. For those loyal Hoosier followers who remember Jeff's collegiate career at Indiana you will know that he always fancied wearing a bucket hat during compeition. When he turned pro his management team felt he would be more marketable wearing a tradition golf hat or visor. I personally think he looks great in the bucket.
    • Tom Lehman officially became my hero when he donned the IU/Overton hat I gave hime late in the action today. To see Lehman walk down the 16th, 17th, and 18th fairways with the hat on was simply brilliant -- there I go again.
    • The clubhouse at the Celtic Manor Resort is a wonderful place to hangout. You see my credentials kinda get me about anywhere I want to go at this venue. Had breakfast today next to Sergio Garcia and had lunch with Dustin Johnson's parents (we talked alot about the 18th hole at the PGA Championship). Celebrities and golf legends everywhere you look.



    Jeff tees off at around 10:06 a.m. Wales time (5:06 Bloomington time) against Ross Fisher in, I believe, the 6th single match of the day. Here's what I want -- I want the Hoosier Nation back home to join the Hoosier Nation here in Wales. Set your alarms, get your butts out of bed, and support a fellow Hoosier. Turn on your tele's, or the internet and send out some positive Hoosier vibes to Jeff and the entire USA team. Jeff bleeds Cream and Crimson and is a proud Hoosier and thus a member of our Hoosier Family. I'm guessing that if you are reading this you are a member of our Hoosier family as well. Here's what I will do, I will tell Jeff on the range tomorrow morning that every Hoosier back home is up, glued to their televisions and computers, and are rooting for him. Go IU, Go Jeff, Go USA.



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