Augusta, Ga., April 6, 2007 If the Ryder Cup was being contested here at Augusta, the Americans might actually have a chance of winning it.
But the leader board isn't showing Ryder Cup regulars Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia. The 2006 U.S. Cuppers Brett Wetterich, Vaughn Taylor and Zach Johnson are near the top of the field after Friday's round. Wetterich is two under, Taylor is one under and Johnson is even.
Wetterich did not attribute their success at Augusta to the experience they gained playing in the Ryder Cup.
"I think it's a different kind of pressure, as opposed to a major tournament," he said.
European team members Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington and David Howell are also near the top of the field. Before this year's tournament began, many of the up-and-coming Europeans were badgered about why they so easily dominated the Americans in the Ryder Cup while coming up short in the majors.
Going into the weekend, the young Euros seem to be answering some of those questions by giving themselves a shot at a green jacket.