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Davis Love III picked Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker to round out his team.
Those four guys earned a measly five points. Dustin Johnson was responsible for three of those points. He played in three matches and won them all.
You can make a strong case that he should have played at least one more match based on the setup of the course designed to favor the long-hitting Americans. Johnson is one of the longest hitters on Tour.
Moreover, Furyk and Stricker were specifically taken for their ability to putt the ball, but we've already covered that.
It's hard to know if someone else would have performed any better, but it's hard to imagine anyone playing any worse than Snedeker (1-2-0) and Stricker (0-4-0).
And then there is the pairings for the team matches.
Why were Woods and Stricker, who had proven to be ineffective on Friday, allowed to play on Saturday afternoon? Why were Mickelson and Bradley sat when it was clear they were playing well and might well have beaten anyone?
That brings us to Captain Love's lineup on Sunday. Knowing European Captain Jose-Maria Olazabal would front-load his lineup to try to turn the tide early, Love sent three Ryder Cup rookies out in the first five matches.
The Americans lost all five of those matches, including a drubbing of Ryder Cup rookie Snedeker at the hands of Paul Lawrie, and remarkable comeback by Justin Rose who was down by one hole on the 17th tee. He would beat Mickelson, 1-up.
Olazabal wisely put his players that were not at the peaks of their games further down in Sunday's lineup, and placed his hot players out early. Not one player in the first four Europeans on the course on Sunday had an overall losing record.
It paid dividends as the American crowd were silenced early and left little to cheer for later as the American putters grew colder and colder.
And now we are left with two years to wonder if any lead will ever be safe at the Ryder Cup.