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Deja P.U.

The American team has witnessed this scene before, and it still stinks

On sodden Irishturf, the golf division of the booming European Union won the Ryder Cup for thefifth time in six meetings. The victors dominated the day with 12 players whorefer to matches as games. The twelvesome included three native sons, fiveBrits, two hug-happy Spaniards and two Swedes, shepherded by a Welshman wholooks like your grandmother and who filled out lineup cards like Joe Torre.

SinglesSmackdown
What used to be a U.S. specialty is now a Euro domain

U.S.

W-L-T

BEFORE

AFTER

ANALYSIS

WOODS

3-2-0

Wants last shot--like Mike

Sometimes a hero

After winning five in a row he was running on empty

MICKELSON

0-4-1

Be happy that he's on your side

-

Could Winged Foot hurt his confidence so much?

FURYK

2-3-0

Be happy that he's on your side

Where's Chris Riley?

Dumping the shot in the water on 18 was a killer

CAMPBELL

0-1-2

Sometimes a hero

Sometimes a hero

I would've played him in all five matches

TOMS

0-3-1

Sometimes a hero

Calling Dr. Phil

He played well, but his partners were anchors

DIMARCO

0-3-1

Be happy that he's on your side

Where's Chris Riley?

Our match-play king fell flat. He's overrated

TAYLOR

0-1-1

Calling Dr. Phil

Where's Chris Riley?

Had good moments; didn't see much action

HENRY

0-0-3

Sometimes a hero

Be happy that he's on your side

One guy who showed some spine on closing holes

JOHNSON

1-2-1

Calling Dr. Phil

Calling Dr. Phil

Gave us more than we hoped--one hot match

WETTERICH

0-2-0

Where's Chris Riley?

Where's Chris Riley?

Tell me again how he got on the team?

CINK

1-1-3

Sometimes a hero

Be happy that he's on your side

My MVP, for stuffing Sergio in singles

VERPLANK

2-0-0

Be happy that he's on your side

Be happy that he's on your side

Not using him in foursomes was a mistake

LEHMAN

-

Be happy that he's on your side

Be happy that he's on your side

Got team to bond, not that it mattered

EUR.

W-L-T

BEFORE

AFTER

ANALYSIS

MONTGOMERIE

1-1-2

Loves to kick American butt

Seve says second is for losers

Beatable in majors, unbeatable in singles

HOWELL

2-0-1

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

Didn't play his best yet never lost. Good partner

STENSON

1-1-1

Owns home in Florida

Seve says second is for losers

I heard a TV guy say he's going to win majors

GARCIA

4-1-0

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

He'll be defined by his great Ryder Cup play

CASEY

2-0-2

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

Walk-off ace the coolest thing I've seen in golf

KARLSSON

0-1-2

Owns home in Florida

Seve says second is for losers

U.S. TV only wanted to talk about his height

HARRINGTON

0-4-1

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

Played like crap but promoted Ireland well

DONALD

3-0-0

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

The next Nick Faldo rode Sergio's coattails some

MCGINLEY

0-1-2

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

Classy move conceding putt to Henry on 18

OLAZABAL

3-0-0

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

Every time I looked he was making a big putt

CLARKE

3-0-0

Loves to kick American butt

Seve says second is for losers

Even I almost cried when he finished

WESTWOOD

3-0-2

Seve says second is for losers

Seve says second is for losers

Thomas Bjorn can shut up now about this pick

WOOSNAM

-

Steady as she goes

Seve says second is for losers

Was Woosie a genius, or were his players hot?


U.S. PRESSURE INDEX KEY

--Wants lastshot--like Mike

--Be happy thathe's on your side

--Sometimes ahero

--Calling Dr.Phil

--Where's ChrisRiley?

EUROPE PRESSUREINDEX KEY

--Seve sayssecond is for losers

--Loves to kickAmerican butt

--Steady as shegoes

--Owns home inFlorida

--Keep a lighton, please

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TIGER TRACKER

What kind of cat was he today?
PUSSYCAT
ALLEY CAT
MAN-EATER

MAN-EATER
Woods was among the first Americans to congratulate Clarke, not for defeatingJohnson in his singles match or for the European win but for finding his wayback to golf's main stage after the death of his wife, Heather. There's morehuman being in Woods than we'll probably ever know.

KEY STAT

6

Matches won by the U.S. out of 28. Ouch! Tiger winsmore often playing against entire fields.

New Math

The U.S. reeked, as did the ratings, down 30% from'02, the last Ryder abroad

TIME DIFFERENCE + REPORTS OF EURO ROUT + TAPE DELAY ONFRIDAY-SATURDAY - TIVO  =  RATINGS DEBACLE

PHOTO

ROBERT BECK

 SICKFEELING Henry got a gift half point, a fraction of the lowly 3 1/2 won by theU.S. in singles.

SEVEN PHOTOS

ROBERT BECK (CLINTON, MICKELSON); PGA OF AMERICA (PGA LOGO); SIMON BRUTY (TOMS); PAT DOYLE/CORBIS (PUSSYCAT); CORBIS (ALLEY CAT); DORLING KINDERSLEY/GETTY IMAGES (TIGER)

TEN PHOTOS

ROBERT BECK (WOODS AND WILLIAMS, OPENING CEREMONY, CLARKE AND WESTWOOD, CLOCK, GARCIA); LAURENT REBOURS/AP (WOODS AND MICKELSON); SIMON BRUTY (WOOSNAM); NBC (NBC LOGO); TIVO INC./AP (TIVO)

PHOTO

ERIC GAY/AP (AXLEY)

TROPHY WIFE After a 71 and a win, Axley got a hug from the missus, Cortney.

TWO PHOTOS

DAVID WALBERG (MORGAN); SIMON BRUTY (MONTGOMERIE)

TWO PHOTOS

DAVID E. KLUTHO (JORDAN); JOHN IACONO (BALLESTEROS)