The Americans wrote the book on the biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history. Even so, European captain Jose Maria Olazabal won't have to consult it. He was there.
Just like the U.S. team at the ''Battle of Brookline'' in 1999, the Europeans are staring at a 10-6 deficit. But because they hold the cup, they need only eight points to retain it, instead of the 8 1/2 the Americans carved out of the dozen singles matches on the final day.
Like U.S. captain Ben Crenshaw then, both Olazabal and U.S. captain Davis Love III have decided to front-load their lineups with their four hottest players in what should be a fascinating fight to claim the momentum right from the start. In 1999, the Americans won the first six matches and surged into the lead.
Bubba Watson, who might have started a Ryder Cup tradition by inviting the crowd in the grandstands surrounding the first hole to scream while he hits his opening tee shot, goes off first on this Sunday against England's Luke Donald.