Woods, words and Wetterich
- 20 Sep 06, 07:21 PM
K CLUB - It wasn't all queues in the car park, American golfers skimming golf balls off the water like pebbles and Irish satirists upsetting the world's most famous sportsman, there was some excellent chat too.
With actual golf being not such an attractive proposition for the players today the assembled press were treated to a steady diet of press conferences and interviews.
The general themes? The Americans are having "a bunch of fun", nobody wants to be favourites and Brett Wetterich is actually a bit of a card.
Here are some of the best quotes that Rob (when he wasn't appearing on national radio programmes to defend his comments about the organisers' door policy this morning) and I heard at Ryder Cup HQ.
“I always wonder how he makes contact with the ball.”
Tiger Woods responds to Jim Furyk’s remark that the world number one likes playing with him in team competition so he can get a close-up view of Furyk’s famously freakish golf swing.
“There was no money involved. Gambling is illegal at Bushwood.”
Phil Mickelson, refuting allegations of a skins game, wins the Ty Webb award for the first quote this week from cult golf movie Caddyshack.
“It was kind of weird when my high school called and said they were going to induct me into their hall of fame because I don’t think my high school liked me very much. I spent a lot of time in the principal’s office.”
American rookie Brett Wetterich laughs at life’s funny ways.
“It’s a neat feeling to have the best player in the world on your side…and the number two and number three guys also.”
Wetterich reminds us that the visitors are far from underdogs this week.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable around them [Woods, Mickelson etc]. Before, there’s no way I would ever go up to them and chop them in the shoulder. Now I feel more comfortable to go out and do whatever I want.”
Wetterich is coming to terms with life as part of the in-crowd. (Though Brett might not want to try that trick where Vaughn Taylor kneels behind Tiger and he pushes him over. Give it a few more days for that one, Wettmeister.)
“Well, first of all, I’m JJ.”
JJ Henry reminds a reporter that the Brett Wetterich interview session is over after he is asked, “So, Brett……”
Journalist: “Do you feel that you intimidate your own partners at all, especially in the foursomes?”
Woods might not frighten his playing partners but he scares the life out of the press corps.
“As for the Sergio comments, hopefully we can get together out there and play.”
Woods moves on from growling at journalists to remind European star Sergio Garcia, who had the temerity to say Tiger’s Ryder Cup record ain’t that great, that history suggests it is not wise to say anything that might be construed as even vaguely critical. Just ask Stephen Ames, Nick Faldo, Butch Harmon, Dave Pelz…
"I never said that. I think he's a wonderful player."
Sergio Garcia proves there's two sides to every story.
“I wasn’t aware.”
David Howell tries to convince a room full of journalists that playing partner Paul ‘The Chat’ Casey hadn’t mentioned overtaking him at Wentworth last week to top the European Order of Merit.
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