The flight from London to Louisville (via Detroit) is five hours old, Ive watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Ive read my book, Ive listened to my ipod, Ive walked around a bit and Ive even talked to Fergus so its official; Im bored. With three more hours to pass until we land Ive decided to pass the time by penning my first blog of the GM Ryder Cup coverage of 2008. Glad to have you on board, so to speak.
So what can I possibly have to say about a tournament that takes place thousands of miles from my current position over the Atlantic Ocean? Well, at approximately 6 oclock this morning Fergus and I settled down for a healthy Heathrow airport fry-up when into the restaurant walked Marcus Day, Justin Roses manager. He too was travelling to Detroit. After some early pleasantries, I decided to ask him the killer question does Justin know who hell be paired with yet? Rather unsurprisingly Marcus didnt have the answer but he did mention that Rose and Poulter would be paired to play against the Swedish duo of Karlsson and Stenson in practice today. Rose had also told his manager that yesterdays practice round had taken a whopping seven hours. Our boys had been instructed by Captain Faldo to sign as many autographs as possible in a bid to winner over the locals a cunning trick that Bernhard Langer used in 2004.
Talking of Captains tricks, Fergus and I have been mulling over possible pairings for both teams on day one. We resisted the temptation of putting Wilson and Hansen together in the opening match and came up with the first days fourball and foursomes matches as we see them. Here goes:
Phil Mickelson & Anthony Kim v Lee Westwood & Sergio Garcia
Stewart Cink & Steve Stricker v Paul Casey & Ian Poulter
Kenny Perry & JB Holmes v Henrik Stenson & Robert Karlsson
Jim Furyk & Chad Campbell v Padraig Harrington & Graeme McDowell
Stewart Cink & Steve Stricker v Sergio Garcia & Miguel Angel Jimenez
Jim Furyk & Hunter Mahan v Padraig Harrington & Justin Rose
Boo Weekley & Ben Curtis v Soren Hansen & Robert Karlsson
Justin Leonard & Phil Mickelson v Lee Westwood & Oliver Wilson
USA 1 Europe 7 (We quite like the look of Leonard and Mickelson in the final match.)