MEDINAH, Ill. — Steve Stricker stared blankly across the fairway, his hand on his face, as the celebration went on around him.
Jim Furyk had his moment of despair a few minutes earlier, leaning over with his hands on his knees as if he were trying to keep from getting sick after his final putt on the 18th green slid by the hole.
They were supposed to be the backbone of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, the veteran players captain Davis Love III could count on when things got tough. Love picked them both to do just that after they didn't qualify for the team on their own.
But the stifling pressure of the Ryder Cup was simply too much.