Huh? Follow me for a minute.
Alan Morin, representing the U.S. in his second PGA Cup, was paired with Grant Sturgeon on Saturday morning in the Fourballs session. U.S. Captain Allen Wronowski also had that same duo penciled in to play together again in the afternoon alternate-shot session.
But that's when Morin put his team ahead of himself.
Ever the grinder and a tremendous player in his own right, Morin wasn't too proud to speak up and admit to Wronowski and Sturgeon that he probably wasn't the greatest fit for alternate shot.
The reason? The length of CordeValle's par 4s. Morin felt he'd be a burden to the much longer Sturgeon on the holes where Morin was to tee off for the team.
"It was incredibly unselfish of him to tell me that," Wronowski said. "What a team guy."
"I thought about it," Morin said. "I talked to Grant about it. Trust me, I want to be out there. I'm as competitive as any of the guys here and I want to be out there right now. But, after seeing the place for a couple of days and giving it a lot of thought, I told Allen on No. 8 during the morning session, 'Think about having someone else play with Grant in the alternate shot. I'm interested in winning this Cup. There is no 'I' in this team. I understand you want me out there, but there are several holes out here where length is a requirement off the tee and I don't have that. I can't give that to Grant in an alternate shot format.'"
And don't be mistaken, folks. Morin was no ball and chain before making this decision for Wronowski. He and Sturgeon snagged the lone full point for the U.S. team Saturday morning, defeating GB&I's Michael Watson and Paul Hendriksen, 4&2.
Taking Morin's spot on Saturday afternoon was Sean Dougherty. Dougherty and Omar Uresti rallied back from a 3-down deficit to pull out a halve in Fourballs action thanks to a 20-foot eagle putt Uresti holed from just off the back of the 18th green.
The Foursomes matches began Saturday afternoon with the two sides tied at 6-6.
After a quick lunch, Morin planned to jump in a cart and bounce from hole to hole to cheer on his teammates.
"This is more important than me playing right now," he said. "The prize at the end of the road is winning the Cup. If I have to sit out to get us a point, then I'll gladly sit out. It's not a problem."