Mayer's Memos From The Ryder Cup - Day 6
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 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 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:
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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