The U.S. team held a long meeting early this evening to discuss their dreadful opening day play in the Ryder Cup and ways to get back in the matches after falling behind to Europe by a 6-2 margin.
"It was upbeat," said Hal Sutton, who teamed with Jeff Maggert this morning to beat Europe's Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, 3 and 2, in alternate-shot play, the only American victory in eight matches. "We're just trying to figure out what we're going to do and who we're going to play."
Said American Justin Leonard, "we were just talking [in the meeting] about it's being just one day, and there are still 20 points left to win."
Sutton said he had no explanation for the American team's performance other than to give credit to the European side.
"They seemed to reach into the depths of their soul to pull out great shots," he said. "That's something the U.S. has to do."
Captain Ben Crenshaw reshuffled his lineup for Saturday morning's alternate-shot matches, giving Mark O'Meara and Steve Pate their first action.
Good for a Laugh European captain Mark James has been entertaining journalists from around the world all week with his deadpan humor and self-deprecating style of captaincy. There was more of the same tonight.
Asked what he considered his most important decision of the day, he said, "I had a hamburger instead of a turkey sandwich, and I didn't really enjoy it."
How did it feel for a former seven-time Cup player to watch from the sidelines?
"I can now get to a toilet without having to worry about hitting a shot," he said. "I can have a sandwich. And my knees aren't knocking over six-foot putts."
Asked what he knows about Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, he said, "I don't know a huge amount about him. He's got a Ferrari, though."
And his role as captain today?
"I just tend to be around to give them chocolate."
Bush Seeks End to Jinx Former President George Bush was in attendance today, and spent some time watching the afternoon matches with Michael Jordan.
Bush said he believes he is becoming something of "a golfing jinx" to the Americans. He was at Valderrama in Spain when Europe beat the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1997 and also attended the Americans' loss to the international team in Australia last December in the Presidents Cup.
"Let's hope by Sunday there's a surge that brings smiles to American faces," said Bush, who also admitted to a 22-handicap. "I really love the game, but sadly my scores just get worse. I'm ashamed to admit to a 22-handicap. I feel as though I should play a lot better. Fortunately, my kids are a lot better than dad."
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, he said, is a 14-handicapper (pre-presidential campaign), and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is an 8-handicapper.
CAPTION: David Duval, left, leans in as Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, along with officials, search for Duval's ball near the 11th hole.