This piece of (humble) pie tastes so good!
At the start of the week, Internationals Team captain Nick Price spoke about the need not necessarily for a win, but for his team to really compete with the US Team in order to ensure the bi-annual match-up remains a relevant and compelling competition. He suggested that his team would have to be quick out of the starting blocks and put early pressure on their 7-time winning hosts.
But then Price seemed to conspire against himself and his stated objectives with some dubious, albeit ultimately inspired pairings. Day one looked like a train wreck early on as all six International pairings fell behind to a rampaging US start. But as the saying goes, its not how you start, its how you finish, and at the end of day one, the Internationals found themselves with 2.5 points in the bank and just a single point off the Americans.
Day two started with a much more confident approach from the Internationals. Ernie Els, widely acknowledged as the leader of the team alongside Price, showed some magnificent touches as he and Brendon de Jonge were ruthless as they put Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan to the sword. De Jonge in particular had shrugged off his first day, first tee nerves and was clearly enjoying himself.
Yes, the Americans did also score a point as Mickelson and Bradley sent Day and DeLaet for an early shower. And talking about showers, the weather closed in and heavy rain fell sufficiently for the rest of the day to be called off. At that stage, the Internationals lead in 2 and the US lead in 2.
Captain Nick Price surely knows that there is a lot of golf still to be played, but will look back at the first two days and be mostly happy with a spirited and very competitive showing from his team. The Americans too will know that they are facing a very different Internationals Team at this year's Presidents Cup. This one will definitely go down to the Sunday's singles before any trophy engraving can be done by either team.
But for now, please excuse me as I continue to chew on a healthy slice of humble pie dished up by Internationals captain Nick Price...I'm happy to have seconds late on Sunday night too!