Ryder Cup Day 1 morning: Already the pressure is evident

It’s foursomes, or alternate shot, in the first four matches of the day at the Ryder Cup, and already we can seewhy the matches are so much fun. The Americans seem to have a bit of an early advantage, but Europe has roared back and is ahead in the matches at the moment. Still, it’s the front nine of the first morning, and the momentum can swing two or three more times in the foursomes easily.

But you can see some of the pressure of the matches already A poor drive by Jim Furyk on the first hole. A poor chip by Keegan Bradley that left Phil Mickelsohn with a tough, almost impossible putt to halve a hole. A great shot by Graeme McDowell that put the pressure squarely back on Furyk and Brandt Snedeker.

The Europeans certainly seem to have their share of fans at Medinah, and Luke Donald of England who played his college golf at Northwestern, certainly can hear the “Luuuuke” calls when he hits a good shots.

It should be a fun and tight weekend.