Medinah, IL -- He couldnt hide the nervous worry.
No matter how far removed they are from their duties, the 16 living men who have captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team continue to live and die with every shot of the matches.
Paul Azinger is more than just one of them: he is the only U.S. Ryder Cup captain to win the thing this century. And as much as he tried to downplay the anxiety, he was clearly feeling it.
At a dinner with friends in Chicago, he kept going back to the upcoming matches.
Weve got bombers, he said, referring to American players like Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson who pound tee shots past most of their opponents. Thats a huge advantage psychologically. I dont care who you are, if somebody hits it 40 or 50 yards by you every time, its intimidating.
But he is also concerned. Id hoped they would grow the rough a little higher around the greens, he said. I understand not having any rough where they land their tee shots. You want guys ripping drivers...