Quotes of the day
- 22 Sep 06, 08:07 PM
K CLUB – Seven of the eight games go to the last, all 12 of Europe’s players feature, all of them contribute at least a half and Monty holes a clutch putt on the 18th. What a day!
Sergio Garcia was at his sparkling best, Tiger Woods toiled and Darren Clarke delighted the home fans with an emotionally-charged display of skill and determination.
European captain Ian Woosnam could hardly contain himself he was so excited at the end, but he will know the Americans showed plenty of quality and heart themselves on this first day – there is plenty more meat on the bone of this Ryder Cup.
But if the Europeans shaded the matchplay honours on Friday, who won top chat award? Here are our quotes of the day:
“I’ll never forget the reception I was given on the 1st tee – Lee, Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco giving me hugs too. It was very, very special moment, very touching.”
Darren Clarke, whose wife Heather died of cancer last month, on the incredible and heartfelt welcome he was given by the K Club galleries.
“What time do I have to get up?”
Clarke tells a journalist, who was probably hoping for something a little more profound, what his last thoughts were before going to bed on Thursday.
Sergio Garcia: “I hit a little nine iron to two feet.”
Luke Donald: “Three feet.”
Garcia: “Two and a half.”
Donald and Garcia, the European team’s answer to Morecambe and Wise, get their set off to a gentle start with some nice, knockabout banter.
“To those people who I say I’m not a good putter, I want to say that I had two putts in 18 holes this afternoon.”
Garcia reveals that alternate shot matchplay, with the accurate Donald as his partner, is the secret to solving his putting problems.
“I’ll take this one.”
Donald jumps in to answer a very long-winded, and Spanish, question from a Spanish journalist.
“Sorry, he was saying that I had been playing s**t and I was trying to explain that I had a decent summer.”
Garcia explains to Donald, and everybody else, what his own, equally long-winded, answer was about.
“The Americans are talking about how hard the greens are - try stopping it on a TV tower. So that was something.”
Robert Karlsson extracts the positives from his hilariously over-clubbed approach to the 7th.
“I gave one piece of advice but the guy ended up in the TV tower, so I decided to keep my mouth shut after that.”
Ian Woosnam explains his part in Karlsson’s hilariously over-clubbed approach to the 7th.
“It’s great apart from the fact that he makes me look very short.”
Paul Casey on the downside of partnering 6ft 5in Karlsson when you are 5ft 8in in thick-soled shoes and two pairs of socks.
“That is, without doubt, the noisiest and best reception I’ve ever had in all the years I’ve been involved in the Ryder Cup. It made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.”
Colin Montgomerie confirms the suspicions of everybody who heard the roars at the start of play on Friday – the K Club crowd is loud.
“I definitely had a little bit of mud on my ball a few times, but then I wasn’t in the fairway very much.”
Brett Wetterich gives his tuppenth on the pick and place debate.
“I practiced a little bit, cheered a little bit, ate a lot. So I’m ready to go.”
Zach Johnson gives an insight into the life of Ryder Cup bench-warmer.
“As they say in Monty Python, ‘I know nothing!’”
Henrik Stenson gets his John Cleese classics confused but we love him for trying.
“What? A ‘you show me yours, I’ll show you mine’ kind of thing?”
Tom Lehman gets all playground with media boss Gordon Simpson over the issue of revealing his pairings for Saturday.
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