The Europeans had just begun to celebrate their improbable and delightfully sweet Ryder Cup win when Rory McIlroy and U.S. captain Davis Love III ran into each other amid the boisterous scene just off the 18th green.
''Glad you could make it on time,'' Love said, drawing a laugh from McIlroy.
Getting there on time wasn't a problem for the Americans. They were there early, enjoying their final day as a team together, maybe even getting in a few last pingpong matches.
They just didn't show up to play.
Maybe it was complacency. The U.S. almost always wins the singles matches, and with a 10-6 lead going into the final day it was time to start preparing victory speeches and choose the kind of champagne they wanted to spray on each other.
Losing the Ryder Cup? Unthinkable.
Well, almost. Love himself was up late the night before thinking about 1999, when he was a member of the U.S. team that staged a memorable comeback at Brookline to win a Ryder Cup everyone had already given to the...