With just the singles matches remaining, the European team has built a fairly comfy three-point lead over the American teams.
I think the U.S. squad needed to get within two points to feel good about its chances going into the 12 singles matches Monday. They didn't get there. A three-point lead is huge at this stage. However, the lead is not quite as big as it would be if it were the other way around. The American team tends to excel in the singles matches while the Euros traditionally do better in the team matches. If the U.S had a three-point lead now, it would be all over. As it is, it's just probably over.
The Americans will have to manage 7.5 points on Monday. Best chance, win 7, draw one, and lose no more than four. That is not a lot of room for error.
Perhaps the only thing the U.S. has going for it is they only have to get 14 points to retain the cup, while the European team has to hit 14.5 to win the cup back.
Saturday was an impressive show by the Europeans. They took 5.5 of the 6 points played after the rain delay.
For Team USA, very few of the 12 players showed up on Saturday. For a while, it was simply the Matt Kuchar show, as he seemed to be the only U.S. player doing anything on the course. Kuchar and Stewart Cink managed the only half point for the Americans.
In case Corey Pavin and his squad didn't know it, they got their collective butts handed to them at Celtic Manor on Saturday.
Here are the five signs it didn't go well for the red, white, and blue.