Words somewhat fail me but what an enjoyable ride that was! I'm glad I was rather neutral about the outcome, but this was likely as much fun even for the losing side as the winning.
Some just great moments. Luke Donald silencing the crowds by going ahead of Bubba Watson early. Poulter being the Ryder Cup Poulter - he is such fun to watch. If only he seemed so intensely high-performing in tournaments. Mickelson applauding Justin Rose after his putt on seventeen. And so much else.
It all seemed quite good-natured compared to some such competitions I have watched (witness Mickelson).
Joe Posnanski has a nice summary of the final round. I especially enjoyed his description of the McIlroy near-fiasco, which almost suggests the captain's error in this case may have been providential.
And so, he left his hotel room at 11 a.m., only to be called and told in a panicked way: “You are teeing off in 25 minutes.” A helpful Chicago police officer was there, and when he was told what was going on, he said to McIlroy: “Do you get motion sickness?”
McIlroy said: “No. Just get me there.”
McIlroy was not sure how fast the car went. He just knows that it was fast enough. McIlroy reached Medinah with enough time to put on his shoes and rush out to the first tee. No practice time. No putting time. He had looked tired throughout this Ryder Cup. But suddenly, he looked quite excited … a near no-show at the Ryder Cup will get the heart pumping. The first ball he hit all day was his tee shot.
He birdied two of the first six holes to take a two-up lead against Keegan Bradley.
Thanks, sport of golf, and all those involved in putting on such an excellent entertainment.