CHASKA, Minn. — Twelve years ago, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton had an idea to get his side’s engine revving at Oakland Hills outside of Detroit.
Sutton would pair Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the two best American players of the last 30 years, as a team in the opening match of the Ryder Cup. They’d play in a better-ball match against Colin Montgomerie – at the time, the European stud – and Padraig Harrington.
Mickelson and Woods were too big to fail. And they failed.
The duo played terribly together, losing by a 2-and-1 count in the first match that proved an embarrassment for the American side. Perhaps not getting the hint, Sutton sent them out again in the afternoon alternate-shot session and got the same result: another L.
The American team lost by a record 18.5-9.5 margin that weekend, managing to duplicate the feat two years later at a road game in Ireland.
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