Azinger's pairings strategy crucial to Americans in reclaiming Ryder Cup

Originally Published: September 21, 2008
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As darkness descended upon Valhalla Golf Club, the smell of victory still hung in the air. Hours earlier, the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team celebrated in earnest, a champagne shower dousing the putting green and leaving an aroma that was hard to miss.

Fifteen years ago, just months after his greatest triumph in the game, Paul Azinger would have had difficulty noticing. Cancer treatments robbed him of his senses, and alcohol was the last thing he would have wanted, anyway.

It ...

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