What a comeback, as Europe completed one of the greatest moments in sporting history to overcome a seemingly insurmountable deficit over their US competition emotional scenes erupted on the green, in the crowd and in front of my television screen as Jose Maria Olazabal’s thoughts obviously turned to the late great Seve Ballesteros.
It was difficult to avoid such a thought pattern with his figure emblazoned onto the equipment, the European boys dressed in ‘Seve’ blue and the general charisma that the Spaniard, who passed away last May after a prolonged battle with brain cancer, possessed that seemed to loom around like a charming and magnetic spectre at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago.
Yet while we all thought that daring the dream, was to dare the impossible dream, one American columnist seemed to get it all very publically wrong.
While a degree of sympathy must be felt, especially from me, who tipped Southampton to upset Arsenal only to see them receive the spanking to end all spankings not so long ago but ESPN columnist Gene Wojciechowski really did get it wrong.
On the eve of the greatest comeback in sporting history (sorry Liverpool and Manchester United fans you have been usurped) he wrote such comments as ….
'Team Europe can still win if the following five things happen Sunday:
-- Keegan Bradley is abducted.
-- Team USA captain Davis Love III inserts Cup spectators Michael Jordan, President George W. Bush, Amy Mickelson and the Rev. Jesse Jackson into the singles lineup.
-- Marty McFly shows Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal how to go back in time. Last Friday morning will do.
-- Team Europe wins eight of the remaining 12 matches to retain the cup.'
While their was no abductions, Michael J Fox appearances or the imposing frame of Michael Jordan teeing off to a rapturous reception the bottom line must be hard to read now for Gene.
We all get it wrong sometimes but …
'I've got a feeling Team Europe is doomed.'
'It is as close to insurmountable as trying to climb Mt. Everest wearing a T-shirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops.'
And the final line leading into a historic day of golf of that read…
'Heartbeats count for something. But a 10-6 advantage for Team USA counts for more. More than the Europeans can make up.'
Gene mentioned something about a time machine for Olazabal, a time machine he might just want to use himself, and maybe let me borrow it at some time.