A couple things of note as both squads play their first practice rounds at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville today:
– Valhalla wasn’t immune to the storm damage sustained in and around Louisville as Hurrican Ike’s remnants shat all over the Ohio Valley over the weekend. The damage turned out to be a few downed trees and a television tower that went down on hole No. 12, but isn’t slowing down the proceedings. The course is in fine shape.
– Both teams are on the course as of this post for their first practice rounds. They will practice Wednesday and Thursday before play begins at 8:05 Friday morning. (Check out the schedule here.) Get your Bloody Mary’s ready.
And now for the news of the day: Hunter Mahan doesn’t feel like a slave. Fascinating.
Turns out Mahan, who is playing in his first Ryder Cup for the Americans, spun this little diddy to Golf Magazine in an interview last month:
“From what I’ve heard the whole week is extremely long,” Mahan said then. “You’ve got dinners every night — not little dinners, but huge, massive dinners. I know, as players, that’s the last thing we want to do. We want to prepare ourselves. That’s part of the whole thing: You’re just a slave that week.”
Mahan backed down from the comments in a press conference this morning, saying he’s “very excited to be here.” Well that’s great, Hunter, now you can do two things. Try to win some matches and STOP MAKING REFERENCE TO FORCED BONDAGE WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING AN ELITIST SPORT FOR A LIVING.
I mean, come on. I bet you pop your collar. And you say things like playing in the Ryder Cup is tough and you’re like a slave for a week.
Shut up. Play golf. Go America.