The 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah couldn't have gotten off to a better start for the U.S. team. The Americans, captained by Davis Love III, took a seemingly insurmountable 10-6 lead going into the final-day singles matches.
Only one other time in Ryder Cup history had a deficit that large been made up on the final day. That was in 1999 when the U.S. stormed back to shock Europe at The Country Club.
At Medinah, the Europeans returned the favor. Led by Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Europe dominated the singles matches, winning the session 8 1/2-3 1/2 to steal a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory over a stunned U.S. squad.
Relive the Miracle at Medinah with this flashback:
Dustin Johnson has been away from the PGA Tour since announcing a "voluntary leave of absence" to seek help for "personal challenges" on July 31, which put him out of the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
But there is some positive news out of the Johnson camp. His fiancée, Paulina Gretzky (daughter of hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky), announced via her Instagram account that the couple is expecting their first child:
"@djohnsonpga & i are so excited to finally share with you all our amazing news..we're having a baby!"
Here is the accompanying photo:
Johnson and Gretzky were engaged in August 2013.
And they're on their way, and they'll be in Scotland before you.
The 12-man United States Ryder Cup Team, led by Captain Tom Watson, gathered in Atlanta on Sunday night before a short trip to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, where they boarded a charter jet bound for the British Isles and a date later this week with Europe's best.
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Sunday's photos before the Team's departure for Scotland
Here's Tom Watson's post on Twitter:
Boarding the plane with our team. Very excited to be captain of @RyderCupUSA this year. See you in Scotland!
— Tom Watson (@TomWatsonPGA) September 22, 2014
Some members of the team got a first-hand look at the seats forward of First Class, like Rickie Fowler:
— Ryder Cup Team USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 22, 2014
Bubba Watson then took his turn in the pilot's chair:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 22, 2014
With Fowler and Bubba Watson taking up residence in the jet's cockpit, it's not hard to imagine what was going through Ryder Cup rookie Jordan Spieth's mind at the time:
Did Rickie Fowler really get the letters "USA" shaved into his hair just behind his right ear before leaving for the 2014 Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles?
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: Photos of Sunday's departure from Atlanta
It sure appears so, according to his Twitter post:
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) September 21, 2014
Not sure Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan or Sam Snead would have gone to such lengths (or lack thereof) to show their dedication to the team. But then again, they also didn't get together to take the ice bucket challenge back in the day.
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The obvious next question: What did Rickie have shaved into his scalp on the left side? We may have to wait for another selfie to be sure.
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