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what it is.Most of the cars stayed on

in Plichtchallenges 16.04.2019 07:53
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CHASKA, Minn. -- After two days of emotionally charged matches, two days of mind-numbingly brilliant entertainment, two days of laser-beam approaches and clutch putts and even a few missed gimmes (sorry, Lee Westwood), two days of Patrick Reed thunderclaps and Rory McIlroy silencers, two days of enough Baba Booeys to last 10 lifetimes and two days of the United States team hanging on to a lead against Europe, the Ryder Cup will all come down to Sundays singles matches.How do we know? Heres a clue: because it always comes down to Sundays singles matches.Forget everything weve heard for the past two years about task forces. Forget all the conjecture over pairings and pods and sort-of-but-not-quite pods and personality profiling. The portion of the Ryder Cup that included high-fiving and fist-bumping and some cringe-worthy shimmy-shake thing (were looking at you, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar) is over. That was just the appetizer.Now comes the fun part.If weve learned anything through recent history, its that racing to a Saturday evening lead is nice, but its hardly indicative of the eventual champion.With the U.S. up 9? to 6?, that differential is less than 1999, when the U.S. roared back to win at Brookline, and 2012, when Europe did the same at Medinah. Those are the big ones, the most historic ones, but others have proved equally unpredictable entering the final session.In 1995, the U.S. led by two; Europe wound up winning. In 1997, Europe led by five; it wound up holding on to win by a single point. In 2010, Europe led by three; it again held on to win by one point.Moral of the story? Anything can happen on a Sunday at the Ryder Cup. This one wont be any different.Each captain always has various ways to set the lineup. Frontload? Backload? Spread the stars among the batting order? At least right off the top, Team USAs Davis Love III and Team Europes Darren Clarke each clung to the same idea for the blind draw, which in turn has created one of the most anticipated singles matches in recent memory. Reed and McIlroy have each been their respective teams best player over the first two days, and theyll kick things off in what should be a knock-down, drag-out heavyweight title fight-type of match.Ive obviously been around a lot of teams that, no secret, they were going to load the boat, Love said after the matches were announced. So our problem, again, was we say, All right, were going to put the six guys out that are playing really well. Well, weve got 12 that are playing really well, so we didnt know what to do.Thats very diplomatic of the captain, but he did at least understand that of the 12 playing well, Reed is playing the best. Hes also a lightning rod to get the crowd pumped up and start some momentum. But perhaps the greatest reason for him batting leadoff is this: In the strategic game of poker that is setting lineups without knowing the other teams order, he read Clarkes raise of McIlroy and called with his own hottest player.If nothing else, the rest of the golf world thanks them for making this happen.From there, Clarke continued to frontload. He followed with perhaps his next-best performer so far in Henrik Stenson, then Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Sergio Garcia. If you wanted to know the six players who have played the best so far this week, you dont have to look past the first six on the singles list.Despite his claim that all 12 players are playing well, some of Loves roster is playing better than others. Though he led off with Reed, the U.S. skipper spread out some of his other studs, including Brandt Snedeker, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka in the 8-10 spots, respectively.What will it all mean? Just as history has proven that the Ryder Cup aint over until its over, it also has shown us that there is no secret formula to producing a winning lineup.Perhaps Clarkes frontloading will lead to some early European momentum that carries into the later matches. Maybe it will backfire, with the Americans taking out the opponents best players, turning the remainder of the day into a coronation.The past two days have been a brilliant display of the most passionate golf youll ever see, but thats all just the opening act for Sunday. Bring on the main event. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A 22-car wreck with 71 laps remaining took out a number of Coke Zero 400 contenders Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.Jamie McMurray appeared to lose control of his car, triggering the melee. There were no injuries.I really dont know what happened. I think somebody got into my left rear, and I dont know if I cut a tire down, McMurray said. After I felt that happen, I just didnt have any control. ... Its unfortunate. Its part of [restrictor] plate racing.Drivers who were knocked out of the race by the accident were Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Regan Smith and Chris Buescher. Drivers who had to go to the garage for repairs but eventually resumed racing were Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr.,?Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott and Matt DiBenedetto. McMurray returned for two laps before retiring for the day.Just a bunch of cars crashing, Kenseth said. Pretty much that was it.Drivers whose cars were damaged beyond repair were Johnson, Harvick, Menard, Scott, Smith and Buescher.I know I had one car on my roof and everybody just kept piling in, Harvick said. It iss just one of those things that just doesnt take much for it to all go south here at a superspeedway track.dddddddddddd. It is what it is.Most of the cars stayed on the ground in Saturday nights crash, although Scotts rear wheels lifted off the ground as Harvicks nose slid underneath him.I didnt see a lot, Scott said. We were in the wall and jacked up and I guess [Harvick] came up under me and drove underneath my car, and then I was up in the air. It was a pinball effect. It is an unfortunate end. You always seem to get those big ones here in the Fourth of July race. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. There was no chance to ever miss that for our [car].It is just a product of this type of racing. When you are in the pack and there is one wreck ... there is no way for people to escape.Brad Keselowski won the race, kicking off the famed tracks annual fireworks show at Daytona, but there were plenty of sparks and smoke on Lap 90.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.? ' ' '

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