September 30, 2010

IT'S ODD, GIVEN HAT THEY ALL PLAY TEAM EVENTS IN COLLEGE...:

Ryder Cup: The hell of the 1st tee: 'I felt absolutely horrendous' – six players describe exactly what it's like to tee off in the Ryder Cup (Lawrence Donegan, 9/30/10, The Guardian)

Darren Clarke, 1997, Valderrama
I was playing alongside Monty. It was Friday morning and we were playing against two of my great friends, Davis Love and Freddie Couples. I was nervous to say the very least: the hands, the legs, the knees were all going – all the stuff you would expect to be still was moving pretty fast. I teed it up lower than usual and just tried to make contact with the thing. I hit driver – something you wouldn't usually dream of off the 1st tee at Valderrama and I hit it pretty well, just pulled it a little bit. There's a little tree up there and a kind of V-shape that I could go through with my second shot. I am standing there seeing the shot and Monty comes over and says: "What are you doing?" So I said that I was going to hit it through the V. Monty just looked at me and said: "It's The Ryder Cup for God's sake – draw it under the tree and get it up to the green." So that was that and off I went. It's a very nervy occasion but the one comfort you have in that situation is that you know your opponents are feeling exactly the same and you have to try and remember that.

...how badly the Americans in particular play in team events.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 30, 2010 6:11 AM
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