I really disliked the Butler Cabin ceremony at Augusta. I always felt that the best thing to do would be to go right to the public presentation of the green jacket, with emotions still at a fever pitch and all the people and a national TV audience there to see it. To go inside the flower-infested catacombs of the Butler Cabin and watch the club chairmen perform the ceremony they were helpless — really let the air out of the balloon. One year Hord Hardin asked Bernhard Langer how he pronounced his name. Another year he asked Seve how tall he was. I would watch this with my face in my hands, but the club wouldn't have it any other way. Oh, well. FRANK CHIRKINIAN
Several milestone moments await during day two of the Walker Cup, where the U.S.A. trails Great Britain/Ireland 7-5...
- Will the ESPN3.com telecast end with four singles matches still on the course, as happened Saturday?
- Which American will be the first to make a well-intentioned but ultimately embarrassing 9-11 reference in summing up where he found the energy to finish off his opponent?
- Will the U.S. team's bond, forged over straight-to-video films and the comfort in knowing John Peterson was not there to help win matches, motivate the Yanks enough to overcome a two point deficit?
It all starts at 9:15 a.m. ET.
The U.S. Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve was asked about his team in today's pre-Cup press conference.
Q. The last American Walker Cup team to come over here, to Royal County Down, proved to be very special. On paper do you think this team looks even better?
JIM HOLTGRIEVE: You know, I know what's been going on with all the conversations. These ten young men are a very, very strong, talented team. Every one to me could beat each one of them any day of the week. I will just tell you that comparing them to the three teams that I played on, it's the most talented ten young men I've ever seen play in a Walker Cup amongst the three teams that I played on.
Excellent answer. Next quest...oh wait...there's more?
Obviously we have a process. We select the guys, and these ten young men earned their way onto this team. They're not only talented in playing golf, but they're very respectful young men who honour the game and have a lot of respect for each other, which has really been quite a daunting -- not a task, but a daunting observation from me. I'll just say that they're just ten great players.
Sounds like the Captain anticipated a John Peterson question!
College football, U.S. Open tennis and a lousy deal with ESPN means the Walker Cup is buried on ESPN3.com. It's a shame Golf Channel doesn't have the rights on a weekend when there is no PGA Tour or Nationwide golf to compete with.