QUOTES OF THE DAY
- 23 Sep 06, 07:46 PM
K CLUB – Anyone not feeling just a tad revved up for Sunday’s singles?
YOU BET WE ARE. And that’s meant to include both sets of supporters.
Sure, Europe are in the hot seat, but we’ve been here before, think Brookline 1999, and the Americans can halve the lead very quickly. And then anything can happen. Game on.
And, as usual, there was some great chat behind the scenes. Here’s the quotes of the day:
David Howell: “Nice."
Paul Casey: “Nice, yeah, thank you Howeller. It’s unbelievable.”
The European pair are asked how it feels to win with a hole-in-one after Casey’s ace on the 14th downs Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson 5&4.
Casey: “It [the repercussions of his ace] is going to be very expensive.”
Paul McGinley: “You can afford it after last week.” (Casey won £1m in the World Match Play).
Paul Casey: "Woosie said to me that all the earlier guys had hit three iron."
Paul McGinley: "So did you listen to him?"
Paul Casey: "I did listen to him. It was a perfect four iron."
"I should caddie for someone. Make more money that way."
Ian Woosnam gets a bright idea after "clubbing" Paul Casey to his hole-in-one.
"I know where the ball is, that's safe. And there's a four-iron in my bag, though I haven't checked to see if it's mine."
Paul Casey reacted to his ace by throwing his club up in the air. Reports from the course had suggested a cheeky spectator ran off with it.
“There is not one iota of complacency here. We want to go out and win the singles to win all five sessions for the first time in Ryder Cup history.”
Colin Montgomerie warns that his side are taking nothing for granted.
“The most important thing is 10-6. That’s what’s in everyones’ head.”
Sergio Garcia, unbeaten in his last nine Ryder Cup matches, brushes off any individual adulation.
"I can tell you right now that our team does not feel this is over by any stretch of the imagination."
US captain Tom Lehman refuses to roll over despite the 10-6 scoreline.
“That wasn’t the opening, that was it.”
Colin Montgomerie gives a long, and arguably eloquent summary of the match situation, its implications for tomorrow and its context in the history of the Ryder Cup, with specific examples and several personal testimonies to boot. Then press officer Scott Crockett thanks him for his opening remarks.
“He’s a short man, with a big heart.”
Sergio Garcia lavishes praise on team captain Ian Woosnam.
“He’s a very short man, very short, but he’s growing by the day.”
Colin Montgomerie interjects with his own views on Woosnam.
"We came here playing as a team and we're still playing as a team and that's how we intend to play tomorrow, as a team."
Ian Woosnam reveals the secret of Europe's success so far. (Though we musn't get carried away.)
"I think it will be. I think I'll retire after this. I'll need a year to recover anyway."
Ian Woosnam is asked whether winning the Ryder Cup as captain would be the highlight of his career.
“Who do you think talks the most? …Garcia would be quite a good guess.”
Robert Karlsson turns questioner when a hack quizzes him about the most vocal member of the European team.
“He’s a big heap of energy swirling about.”
Robert Karlsson describes Sergio Garcia.
“He’s young. I think that sums it up quite well.”
Jose Maria Olazabal also describes Sergio Garcia.
“Oh no, I think it’s great to be sitting here. It’s p***ing with rain out there.”
Darren Clarke denies he is disappointed not to be playing in the afternoon foursomes.
“In 1999 there were some players who made some putts.”
Jose Maria Olazabal refutes the suggestion that Europe make all the best putts, referring to his opponent Justin Leonard’s monster drainer which sparked the infamous scenes of celebration on the green as the Spaniard was waiting to putt at Brookline in 1999.
“The older you get, the better your memory gets.”
Darren Clarke joshes with Olazabal that he won’t let the incident at Brookline lie.
“One and one makes three with them.”
Robert Karlsson praises the inspirational all-wildcard pairing of Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood, who beat Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk 3&2.
“People said we were a gamble, but the people who were mostly sure it wasn’t a gamble was us.”
Darren Clarke on his selection as a wildcard with Lee Westwood.
“He is a one for the limelight isn’t he.”
Lee Westwood on Darren Clarke’s chip-in to win their match.
“That was probably the loudest roar I’ve ever heard on a golf course.”
Luke Donald on holing a birdie putt on 16 to go 2 up with two to play against Phil Mickelson and David Toms in the foursomes.
“Zach Johnson’s just playing too well.”
Is that possible? Tom Lehman’s rookie was the star for his side on Saturday morning after firing seven birdies as he and Scott Verplank beat Henrik Stenson and Padraig Harrington 2&1.
“He was all-world.”
Whatever that means. Scott Verplank on Zach Johnson.
“He called me last night when I was asleep and said, ‘Dude, we’re playing’.”
Scott Verplank reveals how Zach Johnson got him fired up for their match.
“All I did was rub massage oil on his back, give him water and pat his forehead.”
Scott Verplank again (he's actually quite funny), confessing that he didn’t play very well and just left it all to his partner.
“It was an emotional high and an emotional low.”
Zach Johnson reflects on his day after him and Stewart Cink were sunk by Casey’s ace in the afternoon.
Sign at the K Club: "Lost people should go to the information centre in the tented village."
How can they? They're lost! This my personal favourite.
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