Europe's two best players, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, were relegated to golf cart duty heading into today's Ryder Cup matches.
Apparently, Westwood is suffering from the ill effects of blisters (or something), and Dr. Nick Faldo thought it would be in the team's best interests if one of the best Ryder Cuppers in recent history sat out Saturday morning.
But even before we learned of Faldo's lineup for today, Westwood was dealing with other, equally inane issues during yesterday's action. And that had everything to do with U.S. rookie Boo Weekley, his Southern simpleton image, and his lack of golf decorum. At least from Westwood's perspective.
"You walk a fine line when you start doing that sort of thing (revving up the home crowd by waving his arms during their afternoon match.) - between using the crowd to your advantage when you're at home, which you do by playing good golf, which they were doing - and going over the line where you take it too far," Westwood said.On several occasions the camera caught Westwood looking back at Weekley with a "yeah, this isn't an alligator-wrasslin' competition, it's the Ryder Cup" glare, but apparently Boo was too engrossed in the moment to notice.
"I don't mind when they're raising their arms and whooping the crowd up, but there's no reason to do it between the shots, [like] the 12th hole where Boo holed it from off the back and I've still got a putt for a halve.
"At least wait until you're walking off the green. It was interrupting the flow of play. It was quite boisterous. What more can you say? We're playing in America."
When Westwood's concerns were brought to Weekley's attention, he admitted, "Well, I don't mean to [distract him] if I did." Too bad Weekley's not playing this morning, because he could sing redneck karaoke between shots and it wouldn't affect Westwood's game since, you know, Faldo isn't playing him.