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Line shots: Kenny Perry on going top to bottom

Kentuckian Kenny Perry was on top of the world last weekend after the U.S. won the Ryder Cup in his home state. "It made my career," he said.Kenny Perry had the time of his life at Valhalla in the Ryder Cup

By Friday, he seemed to be buried under the weight of the world after shooting a 75 in the second round of the Tour Championship and was 29th in the 30-player field.

Here's how he described his fall:

“Horrible.  Worst experience of my life, just about.

“I don't want to be here. It's ruined my greatest week in my life, coming here. It really has. I don't want to play golf. I want to go home....

“I don't even care. I'm just trying to get my last-place check, post a 72-hole number and go home. I really am. This week has ruined my week, the week I geared up for my whole life.... It doesn't make sense for me to be here this week.”

Only two more rounds, Kenny, then you can take your last-place prize money of about $110,000 and get back home.

-- Mike James

Photo: Kenny Perry had the time of his life at Valhalla in the Ryder Cup, a marked contrast to this week's tournament. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images.

Ryder Cup arrives back home

U.S. players hold up the Ryder Cup after Sunday's victory.The Ryder Cup arrived back home –- at least that’s the way the PGA of America sees it.

In the headquarters at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., chief executive Joe Steranka officially took possession of the trophy today.

U.S captain Paul Azinger wasn’t on hand, but Steranka thanked him anyway for the 16 ½ - 11 ½ victory over Europe on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

"There was nobody more integral and central  to the U.S. victory than our Ryder Cup Captain, Paul Azinger," said Steranka, who led a toast to the team.

The U.S. last won the Ryder Cup in 1999.

-- Thomas Bonk

Photo: U.S. players hold up the Ryder Cup after Sunday's victory. Credit: David J. Phillip / AP

Welcome to the Fabulous Forum

Welcome to the Fabulous Forum

If this is your first visit here, we're glad to have you. Stick around and see what happens.

Dodgers and Angels? We've got 'em. Manny and Kobe? We've got 'em.

Ryder Cup results? We've got 'em. Davis Cup? We've got it.

A chimpanzee predicting NFL scores? Well, not yet.

But you never know what's going to turn up here.

Meantime, a little theme music, please.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Ryder Cup fallout: We knew that was coming

Nick Here's a shocker: The British Press is blistering European Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo for his decisions on Sunday as the U.S. won the Cup back from Europe.

Tops among the vitriol was the premise that Faldo's ego got in the way as he put his heavy-hitters -- Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell -- at the back of the lineup in Sunday's singles matches, meaning the outcome would already be decided by the time their matches were completed. Obviously, the papers said, Faldo needed to front-load his lineup to ensure that the Euros got off to a lead.

I'm not sure whether that's the way he should have done it, but I am sure of one thing: If Faldo had put the most successful golfers first and put his struggling golfers at the end, and the U.S. still won the Cup, you can bet your last British pound that Faldo would have been pilloried for failing to put any strong golfers in positions to win what could have been critical late matches.

--Mike James

Photo: Nick Faldo watches matches Sunday. Credit: Robb Carr / AP

The Morning Becomes Hectic: Dodgers, Ricigliano, Ryder Cup

Barry Zito Greg Maddux

So we have this sports cartoonist, sydnicated in several places, and he's from Baltimore. Name of Mike Ricigliano, or Ricig for short.

Yesterday, he e-mails me and tells me that Saturday's cartoon for the newspaper will be about the Chargers' two tough losses.

Now, I get it. Having lived in Baltimore for a couple of years, I know that this time of the season there is nothing to talk about in sports except the NFL. The Orioles are dead again. University of Maryland football is just something to do until the ACC basketball season starts.

Everything in Baltimore right now is about the Ravens.

So Ricig, from afar, would think that we are similarly engaged in the Chargers.

"Ricig," I tell him, "don't you know the Giants are coming to town to play the Dodgers, division title out there for the taking for the L.A. team and the Giants ready again to play the role of spoilers?''

He got it. He sent another cartoon, this one on the Dodgers and Giants. But he's also sending the one on the Chargers in case we like it better. So maybe he didn't get it.

What else? Ryder Cup is on ESPN today, two different formats.

The AVP is going on at Manhattan Beach. This is their Wimbledon, without the strawberries and cream. And it doesn't last a fortnight.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh could be nearing the end of the line, both talking about taking time off to have families. We'll miss them. I mean, seriously.

-- Randy Harvey

Photo at top left: Barry Zito. Credit: Denis Poroy/Associated Press

Photo at top right: Greg Muddux. Credit: Geoff Burke/US Presswire

Wake-up call: Ryder, Manny, Yankees, Joe Torre

Irish fans follow Padraig Harrington at the 37th Ryder Cup.

First things first: OK, so maybe it wasn't smart to keep Tiger Woods from giving a motivational speech to the U.S. players at the Ryder Cup, because Europe got off to another fast start. Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson birdied the first hole shortly after sunrise today to go 1-up on the U.S. team of Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim. Then Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey quickly jumped ahead in their match when the next U.S. pair, Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan, bogeyed the first hole.

As I post this, however, the U.S. has evened it up through 11 holes.

Our own Thomas Bonk weighed in with an article in today's Sports section focusing on Phil. Bonk points out that Phil has the ability to turn around the U.S. team's fortunes (the Europeans are seeking their fourth straight win in Ryder Cup).

I'm still studying Mahan's bio. This is first Ryder Cup and he was born in Orange right here in Southern California. Now he lives in Plano, Texas. Hmm. He was a "captain's pick" -- not among the Ryder Cup points leaders. Stay tuned.

Getting kicked: Last night the staff members working in the office were loud in their reaction to the end of the game between No. 21 West Virginia and Colorado. Colorado kicker Aric Goodman made a 25-yard field goal in overtime to give the Buffaloes a 17-14 victory.  That came minutes after the Mountaineers' kicker, Pat McAfee, missed a 23-yard attempt. I feel for McAfee, pacing the sidelines for so long and then being brought in under such intense pressure to win. And then hearing your coach, Bill Stewart, say afterward, "Those guys in that locker room have hurt hearts. They don’t feel good, I don’t feel good." That's right, Pat. The whole team hurts because of you. And so does your coach. You knew that, but wow, wasn't it nice Coach made sure you knew that? Sweet, Coach.

In first place: It's Dodgers-Giants time. Greg Maddux is on the mound tonight. The magic number is 7. Meanwhile, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick cracks: Manny Ramirez "is the biggest thing to hit Los Angeles since the high-occupancy vehicle lane." Cute, Jerry. But clueless. One word: Kobe. And we still aren't excited about the HOV. Crasnick is right about Manny being a true star, though, something we Dodgers fans haven't had for such a long, long time. And I would wear one of those Dodgers blue skullcaps with dreadlocks attached. I love watching Manny be Manny. And that's what it's all about. Oh, and Curt Schilling? You need to chill. Our own Brian Kamenetzky offers his take.

Not in first place: The Yankees are already looking to next season. I'm not crying. I sometimes wonder if Joe Torre, in quiet times when he is away from the ballfield, ever thinks back on how poorly the young Hank Steinbrenner treated him in those final days. Joe is such a classy guy and smart enough to enjoy it when Manny is "just messin' with me," as he said with a laugh recently.

StadiumAnd how appropriate that the Yankees are a bit of a mess right now, just as the reign of the great Yankee Stadium comes to a close Sunday. Just look at the shape of that field. 

And the game, which will be on ESPN, goes up against the Cowboys-Packers game on NBC. How many people will be clicking away from football every so often just to see the last play in the House That Ruth Built as it happens? I will be one of them.

Check out later to read our story on the Yankees final homestand in a history-laden weekend.

-- Debbie Goffa

Top photo: Irish fans follow Padraig Harrington at the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images

Ryder Cup: Padraig Harrington's Irish dream

Padraig Harrington of Ireland signs autographs during Tuesday's practice round for the Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

Padraig Harrington has won two major championships this year, but there's much more to his story than his big-time success on the PGA Tour. With the Ryder Cup set to begin Friday in Kentucky and Harrington leading the European team, Times correspondent Chuck Culpepper traveled to Ireland to discover what it was like for a young Harrington growing up.

The young Padraig began playing golf on a course in South County Dublin called Stackstown. It is a  course designed and built by Harrington's father and about nine other cops ... because class distinctions in the 1970s kept them off some of the other fine courses in the area.

Already posted: the Ryder Cup is ready to be played, despite widespread problems related to wind storms in Kentucky.

-- Mike James

Photo: Padraig Harrington of Ireland signs autographs during Tuesday's practice round for the Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky. Credit: Don Emmery/AFP/Getty Images


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