I’m feeling pretty sorry for Oliver Wilson at the moment. He just put on a superb debut performance alongside Henrik Stenson to beat the star US pairing of Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim by 2&1 in the Friday morning fourballs. After not being selected to play at all on Thursday, the young man from Mansfield was under pretty enormous pressure to perform.
Stenson and he went four down through six holes and almost everybody wrote the point off. But the pair battled back admirably and, aided by a back nine meltdown from Mickelson and Kim, the European duo won it on the 17th when Wilson holed a superb birdie putt.
What a moment it was for the rookie and what a high he must have been on as he walked off the course to cheers of “Europe, Europe.” Imagine, then, how gutted he must be feeling this afternoon to not be one of the eight Europeans out on the course. The poor lad has played in just one of the four sessions so far, but he defeated the World number 2 and World number 10 to be the only European with a 100% record.
Let’s just hope the Englishman takes thoughts of his foursomes performance this morning rather than the lack of faith Faldo has shown in him, into tomorrow’s crucial singles matches.