Quotes of the day
- 24 Sep 06, 05:42 PM
K CLUB - Sensational scenes from the clubhouse balcony as Ian Woosnam's band of brothers showered themselves in champagne.
The sight of Darren Clarke downing a pint and then saluting his public will live in the memory and most likely feature on every front page tomorrow.
No-one drank more than captain Ian Woosnam, who unfortunately jettisoned some bubbly back out of his nostrils before following Clarke in draining a glass of the black stuff.
Not being privy to the inner circle of the team, we'll never get to hear some of the best lines from the party. (And if we were there, I doubt we'd remember them)
So instead we'll have to make do with the official stuff. Still, sums it all up nicely.
"We've made this the greatest week in history."
Winning captain Ian Woosnam rather talks up the importance of a golf match in world affairs, but he's very pleased with himself so we'll let him off.
“I can pass it on to Nick Faldo now and they can go for four in a row.”
After an excellent leg, Ian Woosnam passes the Ryder Cup baton to Nick Faldo – take a break, Woosie, you’ve earned it.
“Can I just this give this team a bit of deodorant, a quick clean, a fresh shirt and take them over to America with me now?”
Faldo thanks Woosie for his polite challenge and asks if he can just have 12 wildcards - this 12 - to take to Valhalla.
“For us Europeans this is just as good as it gets. And for the Irish, just fantastic.”
Darren Clarke sums up every European golf fan’s feelings on an unbelievable day at the K Club.
“I’m so proud and very emotional. I’m proud not just for me and the team but for the Irish people. I’m proud of the way they conducted themselves all week, bar that clown on the last green.”(A streaker ran on, but was swiftly dealt with)
Do you think Paul McGinley is proud to win on home soil?
“The Belfry was a wonderful thing to happen to me but this makes me more proud.”
Paul McGinley puts this victory above holing the winning putt in 2002.
“I didn’t know that was the one, but I’m delighted to win my match and more delighted that the team wins.”
Henrik Stenson was oblivious to the fact that he was stealing Darren Clarke’s thunder as he holed the winning putt.
"There's nothing sweeter than beating the Americans."
Sergio Garcia mounts a strong case for the Paul Casey transatlantic relations award.
“Our team came very ready. I guess we weren’t quite ready enough.”
American captain Tom Lehman is at a loss to explain what happened at the K Club.
"Woosie, I didn't really know you before this, but I like you. You're a hell of a guy."
Tom Lehman admits to counterpart Ian Woosnam that he is coming round to his rather "looser" way of doing things.
“That’s eight now and hopefully I can qualify for nine. David (Toms) just said, ‘Let’s hope we have another game in Louisville in two years’ time.’”
Colin Montgomerie just doesn’t want these Ryder Cup good times to end. And do you know what? Neither do we. Nick, give him a wildcard now!
"I don't think he had a hit putter, I think his putter melted."Sergio Garcia is able laugh after Stewart Cink's seven birdies in a 4&3 victory prevented the young Spaniard from achieving a clean sweep of five wins out of five.
“We just didn’t pick each other up when we needed to like they did.”
David Toms sums up the difference between the sides and nails the essence of the team ethic, the thing we’ve all been banging on about all week.
“I’ve never seen a first tee like it. It was like a football ground.”
Paul Casey describes the atmosphere at the start of Sunday’s singles. We could have picked any quote for this, they were all equally bowled over. And it was.
“It was a lot easier to play seeing all that blue on the board.”
Luke Donald reveals that in Ryder Cup competition there is nothing wrong with a bit of scoreboard watching.
“By the looks of it, it looks like the Europeans are making all the birdies back there.”
Tiger Woods starts to appreciate the full horror of what is happening on singles Sunday at the K Club.
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