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"The Cup does strange things to people, and not just Captain Strange," he says. "In the Ryder Cup you always seem to see the worst shots by the best players. And vice versa. You're not out there playing for your livelihood, but this is a different sort of pressure, and that's really the beauty of the thing, isn't it?At the end of the day it's kids on the playground, playing for bragging rights."

Feherty is right—same as he is on CBS, saying, "No, Kenny, actually it's going to go left." The Ryder Cup does turn pros into kids. I love it when Colin Montgomerie starts bad-mouthing someone or everyone on the American team. Or when Paul Azinger gets accused of gamesmanship, which you can count on. Or when Baywatch wives start running across the green. The sport has real life to it then, the kind of life it lacks when Tiger takes a week off or when it's Rocco versus Calcavecchia down the stretch at whatever they're calling the Greater Greensboro Open these days. That's why people will watch the Ryder Cup all weekend long, any hour of the day. Somehow, this is the weekend when the pros play for all the right reasons, when there's more on the line than a two-year Tour exemption or even a trip to the Masters.

"The high temple of self-stress," Feherty calls it.

He thinks it will be close again on the last day. I think it's Europe's turn to catch a good beating. We'll all be watching, either way.

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