Good evening. How can something so gut-wrenching be so pleasurable? The first-day fourballs have always been the USA’s forte and after a difficult, bothersome, troubling, topsy-turvy morning for Europe, they may need to channel the spirit of 2006 at the K Club which is the last time they bested the Americans in the first four better-ball matches when they won 2½ to 1½. In 2008 the scores were reversed at Valhalla, ditto for Celtic Manor in 2010, USA won 3-1 at Medinah in 2012 and again by 2½ to 1½ at Gleneagles. Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood were victors over Phil Mickelson and Chris Di Marco at the K Club a decade ago 1UP and I know that the memory of Medinah means they will not lose heart if they begin Saturday, or indeed Sunday, with all 14 8,000m peaks to climb again but I know most of us in Europe will sleep easier for a touch of that Kildare momentum tonight.
Europe have never been 4-0 down after the first four matches. In 1975 when it was still GB and Ireland, USA took a 4-0 lead at Laurel Valley when, guess what, Arnold Palmer was the USA captain. Coincidence, obviously … but is it.