Will the rain douse the American's parade?

At 6:30 this morning during a dark bus ride to Valhalla, the driver of the media shuttle had to turn on his windshield wipers. At 7:40, another shower passed overhead.
For a European Ryder Cup team that is hungry to make birdies and an early statement Saturday, the rain might actually have been a welcome sight. Scoring conditions just got better for players like Robert Karlsson, Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, who are all long enough to benefit from the moist conditions.
Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim and Kenny Perry could too, but Americans like Hunter Mahan, Justin Leonard and Chad Campbell will need to rely on precise iron shots into the soft greens.
According to, no more rain is in the forecast for today, but a high of 85 degrees should make things steamy.

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by Kevin Cunningham