Tuesday, October 19, 2021

International team frustrated by lack of support from players

International players are frustrated as they lose the current session, five-up on fourballs in the singles, because they feel like they are not being heard, the Associated Press reports. The three-point deficit is the largest the International team has ever faced, according to AP.

However, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy have been able to provide support to the U.S. team.

The world’s top two ranked players have appeared in every single session during the Ryder Cup in this event and have helped the U.S. to a comfortable 3-0-1 lead. Mickelson and U.S. team captain Jim Furyk clinched the 2012 Ryder Cup with a brilliant win over the International team in 2012, just three years ago.

Mickelson has won all three of his matches and has two seconds and a sixth. McIlroy has won all of his three matches and has a second and a third. Ernie Els and Adam Scott have each made two and Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler have won the other match for the U.S.

“My mind is on this week, playing better this week than I’ve played over the last year,” McIlroy said. “I was thinking that and the way I’ve played. It’s changed now to playing this week. And if we do come out and win this week, it’s going to be quite nice.”

The 2014 Ryder Cup was a tale of two halves. Europe has trailed for an hour at a time during the weekend, trailing 8-4 on Sunday. The team’s inability to overcome the early deficits has left the European team stunned and frustrated at the lack of support.

“For us to be down 5-0 just shows how bad we’ve played,” said Tom Watson, the U.S. captain. “It is disappointing and I understand it.”

Watson became emotional during a pre-tournament media conference Tuesday after he became emotional when talking about his two great-grandchildren, who he lost custody of when he was a young man.

“I’m down 3-0 now,” Watson said Tuesday. “I just want to say, please, when these matches come, I need your support.”

“It’s our job to play good golf and keep them from getting ahead. And if you do that, we’ll do OK,” Jordan Spieth said. “We’re just not focused on what we have to do to win. We’re thinking how we can just sort of eat this team alive, and that’s not how you play golf.”

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