It's all in the mind
- 19 Sep 06, 04:03 PM
THE K CLUB - Team bonding is what it's all about and we've had an insight into what happened last night when the entire European team got together for the first time.
Aside from the motivational video, exhortations from captain Ian Woosnam, wine tasting and dinner there was a conjuring show from the team's mind magician Jamil Qureshi.
I've witnessed his phenomenenal powers before. He can recite the first line from a random page of a random book picked by a random stranger. Spooky.
Last night he made the European team all draw caricatures of Colin Montgomerie and just by looking at the drawings he was able to tell which player had drawn which picture.
Qureshi told me: "Sergio Garcia's was the least flattering." He went on to say that it had been a fabulous and very important evening for bringing the European team together.
On a more worrying note, I heard from our colleagues at RTE that the rules preventing spectators from bringing food and drink to the K Club are being applied to the letter.
One spectator explained he needed to bring in something to eat because he is a diabetic who has to inject insulin five times a day but security guards refused to make an exception.
There's been much comment on the outfits worn by the golfers as they arrived in Ireland. Once again it was another sad day for golf fashion. I gather Woosie originally wanted his team to be wearing leather jackets.
Monty wasn't too impressed with his uniform for the first day of practice - pink top and black trousers with white piping.
"I've never worn pink before, nor this style of trousers and they will be worn once, I believe, and these will be sent home," he told me before dissolving into fits of laughter.
Meanwhile, here's what happened at the US team bonding session...
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