THIS Ryder Cup may be too close to call but the Europeans leave their American rivals for dead when it comes to their leisure pastimes ... including a hilarious session of 'Strictly Come Dancing' on Tuesday night.
Professional dancers and judges were brought in specially for the occasion, with suave Spanish vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez leading his team to victory. Ian Poulter tried a little breakdancing but it didn't gel well with ballroom. Asked if his fellow Englishman had turned up in sequins, Lee Westwood retorted: "Ian had to dress down for the occasion!" No reports on how Rory McIlroy did but we understand Martin Kaymer definitely should stay strictly on the fairways.
Moynihan a Junior star
A thrilling week was made perfect for gifted teenager Gavin Moynihan yesterday when he met Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in the clubhouse at Medinah. In Chicago for the Junior Ryder Cup, which McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Nicolas Colsaerts all played, Moynihan was star of the losing European side (14.5 to 9.5). The Malahide CS student was unbeaten in three games, one of his two wins a thumping 4&3 singles victory over US golf's hottest prospect, New Yorker Jim Liu, who graduated from European Q-School First Stage last week. Moynihan played the Peace Cup with Ryder Junior Cup team-mates and rivals at Medinah yesterday but misses the main event. He plays for Ireland at the Eisenhower Trophy in Turkey instead.
Quote of the day
"This event has transfixed me since I first watched it in 1993 ... it intrigues me now how you can be great mates with somebody but, boy, do you want to kill them in the Ryder Cup."
-- Ian Poulter
"What's this Rory, should I be jealous? Lol," joked Rory McIlroy's girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter after the Ulsterman was pictured (above) during a bit of Ryder Cup bonding with Sergio Garcia. The Danish tennis star is playing the Pan-Pacific in Tokyo. She won the Korean Open last weekend, her first victory in 13 months.
Number of the day
59 THE stunning score posted by Lee Westwood and Luke Donald in their first fourball practice round at Medinah, dispelling any fears about the Worksop man's form after his last-place finish at The Tour Championship in Atlanta. "I wouldn't read too much into it," Westwood said, adding with a snigger: "We came out fast and were just way too good for Ian (Poulter) and Justin (Rose), so they're a lot lighter in their pockets."