WALTHAM Like many, Doc Rivers had his eyes glued to the Ryder Cup on Sunday.
And like many, was disappointed at the U.S. collapse in the final round.
Europe beat the U.S. Team 14 12 to 13 12, erasing a 10-6 deficit by winning eight of the 12 singles matches on Sunday. It was an epic collapse by the U.S. team, and one that made Rivers contemplate fleeing the country.
"Yeah, I thought about it," Rivers joked. "I talked to a couple guys. Actually, Keegan Bradley and I texted back and forth today, so that was pretty cool. Unfortunately, Ian Poulter and I text back and forth today so that was not as cool."
Bradley, a Vermont native, has grown closer to Rivers over the years. A golf instructor of Bradley's is a friend of Rivers, so they know each other that way, and Bradley's 2011 PGA Championship win has turned him into somewhat of a celebrity around New England.
Poulter is no stranger to Ryder Cup success, and Rivers has every right to be particularly upset at the European due to his play over the weekend. Poulter went 4-0 in this year's matches, improving his overall Ryder Cup record to 12-3, despite having not yet won a PGA major.
"I have more pride and passion in winning the Ryder Cup than winning a major," Poulter said, according to the Daily Mail. "I would love to win one, win them all, don't get me wrong, and I've been close. But if I don't win another golf tournament, Sunday is going to go down as the highlight of my career."
Rivers said that Poulter "is an Orlando guy", and comes to Celtics games when he can, visiting the locker room at times.
"No longer invited," Rivers said.