Ryder Cup Day 1: Woods and Westwood start poorly

Did you ever think you would see a session of the Ryder Cup where Tiger Woods was the worst player on the course? Actually, Woods kind of battled for that title this morning with Lee Westwood. Both players led their teams to losses in the morning foursome matches, Woods unable to find a fairway most of the day with his drive, and Westwood just kind of hitting the ball all over the joint.

The positives for the United States were that at one point they trailed in all four matches but came back for a 2-2 split in the morning session. Keegan Bradley played great with Phil Mickelson, and Jason Dufner putted well in his pairing with Zach Johnson.

For Europe, the pairing of McIlroy and McDowell was strong, as you would expect, and Ian Poulter played great with Justin Rose.

For some reason, Poulter is sitting in the afternoon, and that makes no sense. And Tiger Woods and Stricker are back on the course this afternoon, but that’s no real surprise. I would expect U.S. captain Davis Love to sit Woods for foursomes tomorrow, but there was no way an old-school guy like Love was going to sit Woods on the first day, even after a tough morning.

Four-ball matches are underway.