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Souhan blog: Ryder Cup Fever -- bundle up for it

The crowds were large at Hazeltine National on Tuesday, and despite the cool temperatures, the place looked great.

After a day of walking the course and listening to press conferences, here's what struck me most:

American captain Davis Love keeps talking about the importance of leadership from Tiger Woods, a vice-captain, and Phil MIckelson, his most experienced player. He keeps talking about the advice they are dispensing.

Tiger Woods' career Ryder Cup record: 13-17-3.

Mickelson's: 11-17-6.

And when they were paired together, they refused to make eye contact.

These are your leaders?

Woods may be the second-best player ever, and may have been the most dominant during his reign. Mickelson has produced a remarkable career. But Ryder Cup leaders?

Really?

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The Minnesota Sports Podcast Network will host a Ryder Cup Special 6 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Jaguar/Land Rover dealership in Golden Valley (8905 Wayzata Blvd.). The event will run 5:30-7:30; I'll chat with Jim Lehman, Tom's brother and a fine local golfer and agent, from 6-7. We'll take live questions. Stop by if you can.

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Souhan: Instant reaction after the Vikings win at Carolina

Charlotte - 

Instant reaction

Mike Zimmer is performing miracles.

The Vikings played one of the best teams in the NFL in a place where that team hasn’t lost since 2014, and won going away in what might be the most impressive victory of Zimmer’s tenure.

The Vikings’ 22-10 victory at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte raises the question: Are they the best team in the NFC?

And is Zimmer the best coach in the NFC?

The Vikings are 3-0. They have beaten the Packers and Panthers in consecutive games. They have thus far survived injuries that would decimate other teams. They are on their third starting quarterback in a month, they have replaced their franchise running back with a committee and they are 3-0.

They may have the best defense in the NFL. They flummoxed Cam Newton on Sunday, a week after flummoxing Aaron Rodgers, perhaps the two most gifted quarterbacks in the league.

And they are headed for a Monday night game in U.S. Bank Stadium, meaning they can spend the week answering questions about whether they are the NFL’s best team at the moment.

This is masterful work by Zimmer. If not for Bill Belichick winning games with quarterbacks of far less accomplishment than Sam Bradford, Zimmer would be the early favorite for coach of the year.

 

I'll file my column to startribune.com later. Thanks for reading.

 

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