Stung by an overnight "ass chewing" from Hal Sutton and the benching of Phil Mickelson, the U.S. launched a Brookline-style counteroffensive, but by day's end the European lead had reached historic proportions and the home team looked like paper tigers.
Left out, he shelved his ego and rooted for his boys.
He scouted the greens so he could help his players pull the right club.
Down one with two to play, Paul Casey and David Howell pulled it out.
JOHN BIEVER (CASEY)
Casey, who along with his partner, Howell, was playing his first match, came up big for Europe.
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SIMON BRUTY (RILEY)
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ROBERT BECK (GARCIA, CAMPBELL)
MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS (MICKELSON)
Sutton's decision to sit Mickelson for four-ball, not foursomes, was a head-scratcher.
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JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES (HOWELL-CASEY)