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December 09, 2012

"I love the whole fact that I've got 11 great teammates, a fantastic captain and vice captains, and I love the team atmosphere," Poulter said. "It's something very, very special to be a part of, and you grow a lot closer to 11, 12, 13, 14 other people, and it's very, very special moments that you get at a Ryder Cup. I just love it."

Today, I'm pretty sure Europe loves Poulter just as much.


1. Twenty-one years ago, Bernhard Langer stood over a 6-foot par puttat Kiawah Island with a chance to clinch the Ryder Cup for Europe. More than two decades later, fellow German Martin Kaymer did. Asked if he thought about Langer's miss as he was over his final putt, Sergio Garciacut off Kaymer before he could answer, saying "I did." Added Rory McIlroy: "Me, too." So did Kaymer. "I don't like the questions, but it's true; yes, I did," he said. There was a footprint in Kaymer's line -- in 1991 there were two spike marks in Langer's -- but it, or the thought of Langer's miss, didn't discourage him. "I thought, OK, it's not going to happen again," Kaymer said. "I didn't really think about missing. There was only one choice you have; you have to make it." It was a big make for Kaymer, who has gone through a myriad of struggles since winning the PGA Championship two years ago and sat down with Langer the week before the Ryder Cup. "I sat down with Bernhard and talked to him because my attitude was so bad," he said. "This changes everything. My major win was just for myself. But when I walked onto the last green, I could see all the guys behind me. My brother is here and my father too. Sergio ran onto the green. It just means so much more. Now I know how it really feels to win the Ryder Cup."

2. I'm still baffled as to how McIlroy would get confused by the time zone difference on the final day of the Ryder Cup -- he apparently saw the tee times on his phone and they were in Eastern Time, not Central. He then went out and beat Keegan Bradley, after getting a ride from a state trooper and arriving at the course 11 minutes before his tee time. "If it was not for [the state trooper], I wouldn't have got here in time," McIlroy said. Now, if this was a Cubs playoff game and a trooper gave a lift to an opposing player, I'm pretty sure that trooper would be in the witness protection program by now.

3. If there was a waterloo for the U.S., it was the 191-yard 17th hole -- especially on Sunday. The U.S. won the hole just once in singles play, and that came from Tiger Woods when it almost didn't matter. Europe, meanwhile,




had five critical wins there: Luke Donald closed out Bubba Watson to get the Europeans' first point of the day; Ian Poulter took the lead for the first time vs. Webb Simpson; McIlroy closed out Bradley on 17; Justin Rose squared his match against Phil Mickelson with an improbable 40-footer for birdie; Garcia began his comeback against Jim Furyk (better late than never); and Steve Stricker lipped out an 8-foot par putt to halve the hole, giving Kaymer a 1 up lead he wouldn't relinquish.

Monday Mailbag

What was the biggest turning point of the Ryder Cup? -- Nick Haslam

No question it was the final two matches of Saturday's four-balls when Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald rallied to beat Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker and Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter did the same to beat Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Those two wins changed the entire dynamic of the team room Saturday night for Europe.

Forward Spin

The Fall Series begins this week with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which means plenty of players will be playing over the next month to secure their TOUR cards for next season. The Fall Series is especially important for players hovering around the No. 125 spot in money this year because after this year there is no more Fall Series, which means, among other things, there will in essence be fewer starts for players outside the 125 mark going forward. One player to keep an eye on: Jhonattan Vegas, who tied for fifth there last year and could use another strong start or two this fall.

Fast facts


There have been nine aces recorded at TPC Summerlin


Course origins


A variation of the common lorem ipsum text has been used since the 1960s or earlier[1] to provide a filler text during typesetting.

The text is derived from sections 1.10.32–3 of Cicero's De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the Boundaries of Goods and Evils, or alternatively [About] The Purposes of Good and Evil).[3] The original passage began: Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit (Translation: "Neither is there anyone who loves pain itself since it is pain and thus wants to obtain it"). It is not known exactly when the text acquired its current standard form; it may have been as late as the 1960s. The source of the passage was discovered before 1982 by Richard McClintock, aLatin scholar who was the publications director at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, by searching for citings of the rarely used Latin word "consectetur" in classical literature.[1] [4] He has recently pointed out [5] that the physical source of the Lorem Ipsum text may be the Loeb Classical Library Edition (published in 1914) of the De Finibus, where the Latin text finishes page 134 with "Neque porro quisquam est qui do-" and begins page 136 with our text, "lorem ipsum (et seq.) ...," suggesting that the galley type of that page was scrambled to make the dummy text we recognize today. This suggests, but does not prove, that "lorem ipsum" may have been used as dummy text before the Letraset transfer sheets popularized it.

The original version (with the excerpted items highlighted) appears in Book 1, sections 32–3 (pagination varies by publisher):

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The text does not have any occurrences of the letters K, or Z (in Latin used primarily in Greek words), nor the letter W (it was not part of the Classical Roman Alphabet).



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Course record
Player Year Round Finish
Davis Love III 2001 5th T4
  Hunter Haas 2004 4th T10
  Tag Ridings 2011 1th 2nd
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