Ryder Cup

The Reasons The U.S. Lost

We examine the events that led up to the U.S. loss at the Ryder Cup

October 2012
Amy Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson

Questionable lineup decisions

When the U.S. carried a 10-6 lead into the final day, Davis Love III appeared to be pressing many of the right buttons. Sunday painted a different picture. Not only did Love bench his star combination of Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson on Saturday afternoon (the plan was to keep them fresh for Sunday, but both lost anyway), he regrettably stuck with the pairing of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker when it clearly wasn't working. One could even bring into question Love's decision to plug Stricker into the crucial 11th spot on Sunday when the veteran was clearly struggling. Perhaps Love thought by then the Ryder Cup would long be over, but if that was the case, why did he put Tiger Woods last?
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