Editor's Note: Each day during the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., Great Britain & Ireland Captain Russell Weir will file an entry. The 59-year-old, who is in his 30th year as PGA Head Professional at Cowal Golf Club in Dunoon, Scotland, is making his debut as GB&I captain. Weir, however, is no stranger to the PGA Cup. He competed in eight as a player -- tied for most appearances in PGA Cup history. Here is his second blog.
By Russell Weir, Great Britain & Ireland Captain
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – At the start of the day, I really felt like I was back in Scotland. It was cold early on! But when the sun came through, it was gorgeous.
The half-point that we got in that last match to end this afternoon, thanks to David Shacklady and Simon Edwards, could prove to be very important. It was certainly a tough day for the boys, but it’s a long dance. The dance has just started and there are 18 points to play for.
I’ll tell the boys just that tonight. Of course, it’s common sense, but they’re really not out of it. Would we have liked to have better than a 6-2 result today? Absolutely. But the matches have just started. It’s not over by any means.
There were a lot of close matches this morning that tilted in favor of the U.S. team in the end. In that last match this morning, Craig Goodfellow and Robert Giles – our GB&I guys – were up for most of the match. The U.S. didn’t draw even until the 12th hole. Our guys went 1 up again before the U.S. squared the match at No. 16 and then went on to win. I think that could have changed the momentum slightly. It gave the U.S. side a bit of momentum for the afternoon.
At the same time, John Wells and Gary Brown were down for most of their match in the morning, but were able to rally back and win the last three holes in succession to take the point. That was a great effort by John and Gary. The kept their heads in the match and fought hard. I can’t thank them enough for that.
We’ll have a little discussion tonight. A few of the guys have played 36 holes today and I’m sure they’re a little tired. We’ll see how they feel mentally and physically.
The bottom line is: There’s a long way to go.