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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