GLENEAGLES, Scotland — It’s just one match, but if you want to read the tea leaves for the 40th Ryder Cup, then Match 3, which goes off at 3:05 a.m. Eastern time, is required viewing. Set your alarm, set your DVR, warm up your lucky rabbit’s foot, say a Hail Mary or five, because Match 3 is going to tell us whether the Americans have a chance or we can all just sit back and watch another installment of Ian Poulter Plays the Ryder Cup Hits.
Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth against Poulter and Scotland’s own Stephen Gallacher. It could be epic. It could be a blowout. Spieth is just 21. The only Ryder Cup he’s ever played in was the Junior Ryder Cup, a coed event, at Gleneagles in 2010.
The U.S. won, if you care. He’s also played in the 2013 Presidents Cup (2-2-0), and 2011 Walker Cup (2-0-1), if you care.
Reed, 24, had a lot of international teammates at Augusta State and said they “played multiple times a year in a Ryder Cup kind of a format.” So, um, there’s that. And he went 6-0 in NCAA Championship matches.
To say the Euros are favored to win Match 3 doesn’t quite cover it.
“Absolutely buzzing,” Poulter said. “Playing with Stevie G., home course, in Scotland, first Ryder Cup, it’s going to be amazing.”