US ‘lost’ in Ryder course

Tiger Woods of the US reacts after missing a putt on the 8th green during a fourball match on the second day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — The Americans needed to overcome a four-point deficit on the final day of the Ryder Cup and got off to a reasonable start, enough that US captain Jim Furyk had a flicker of hope.

Justin Thomas won on the 18th hole. Brooks Koepka halved his match. They were ahead comfortably in two matches and two others were tight — Dustin Johnson was 1 up through 11 holes and Tiger Woods was all square in his match through 12 holes.

The idea was to fill the leaderboard with American red to create momentum for one side, perhaps a little panic in the other.

Except there were no leaderboards at Le Golf National.

So even if the Americans had taken leads in earlier matches, there was no way of seeing the status of the other matches unless the video boards happened to show the leaderboard on the screen.

It was an unusual sight across a magnificent stage for the Ryder Cup — video of matches, but no sense of how the matches were going.

That wasn’t the case at Hazeltine in 2016, and it won’t be the case at Whistling Straits in 2020.

“We’ve always had leaderboards. We think it’s an integral part of the Ryder Cup,” said Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA of America.

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