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On the heels of an epic Ryder Cup comeback, on Monday Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" to have a bit of fun with an American golf writer who had mistakenly crowned the United States winners roughly 24 hours prematurely.
"The worst ever prediction in sporting history," said Morgan, in reviewing comments penned by Gene Wojciechowski, of ESPN.
"A pundit's verdict so breathtakingly bad, we're talking 'Dewey Beats Truman' wrong," he piled on.
With the Americans holding a seemingly insurmountable lead, Wojciechowski placed his tongue firmly in his cheek, and ripped off a list of scenarios which would allow the Europeans to achieve victory.
Amongst zingers that included U.S. captain Davis Love III subbing in celebrity spectators for polished professionals, and the Europeans using time travel à la a "Back to the Future" film, Wojciechowski included one scenario which would prove to be foreshadowing at its finest:
Team Europe wins eight of the remaining 12 matches to retain the Cup.
As luck would have it, that's precisely what happened. But even the scribe himself couldn't fathom a world in which his own mocking would ring true.
And, so, his column continued:
"Team USA has the kind of two-day lead that Cup captains pray for. It's as close to insurmountable as trying to climb Mt. Everest wearing a t-shirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops," wrote Wojciechowski. "Time for the Europeans to fire up the private jets and head back home to Florida."
And it was this line that played right into the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host's hands:
"You may have seen the guys in Florida, earlier," said Morgan, referencing his satellite interview with Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, and Justin Rose, three of the victorious European golfers. "The ones who won," he deadpanned.
But it was the senior national columnist, and 14-year ESPN veteran's parting shot which allowed Morgan the ultimate last laugh:
Quoting Wojciechowski, Morgan read:
"Europe has a minuscule chance, a 'do you believe in miracles' chance. And if it happens - if Team Europe leaves with the cup for the seventh time in the past nine competitions - then you'll hear a roar all the way from Spain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, England."
"Only in America," concluded the British presenter, could Team USA's nightmare, and the cocksure commentary by one of it's own, serve up such a sizable slice of humble pie:
"One word, Mr Wojciechowski: ROOOOAAAARRRRRRR."
Watch the clip, as Piers Morgan pulls no punches and takes plenty of pleasure in peppering Wojciechowski with a healthy assortment of verbal barbs and quips.
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