7. 10. 2010
Wednesday afternoon saw four members of the victorious European Ryder Cup team taking part in a press conference at St Andrews media centre. Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowel and the captain Colin Montgomerie were all looking a bit tired after the drama and the subsequent celebrations of the past few days at the Ryder Cup but at the same time they were the embodiment of happiness, pride and team spirit. The conference was held in a very relaxed manner and allowed the media to share a bit of the victorious euphoria.
Lee Westwood got asked what he had done since Monday evening to which he replied: “You really want to know what I’ve done since Monday night? I wish I could remember. Obviously everybody was quite happy on Monday evening, and why not? It was an incredible Ryder Cup and the result in the end showed just how close the two teams were. Very, very evenly matched. The weather almost added to the drama and fortunately the result turned out in our favour.”
Graeme McDowell, whose nail-biting defeat of Hunter Mahan in the last match of the final Singles session secured the point needed to wrest the golden chalice from the Americans´grasp commented: “Last week was a long, tiring week. But Monday was one of the most amazing days I’ve ever had on the golf course. Certainly the most nervous I’ve ever been on the golf course, that’s for sure. It was an amazing scene on the 16th green. The 17th green was pretty amazing as well. It’s all been a bit of a blur since.”
It was a great experience to share the impressions of the Ryder Cup with the players so shortly after the event and to get to see the trophy too. Most of the players agreed that they didn’t have any great expectations for this week but will just go out there and have some fun. Some of them will be playing with their closest family members which doesn’t happen very often … unless of course they are the Molinari brothers.
The Thursday draw produced classic matches for Ryder Cup stars in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship as expected. Colin Montgomerie partnered with his brother Douglas Montgomerie, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell played with their fathers and the defending champion Simon Dyson teamed up with Hugh Grant. The top players could have been spotted at Kingsbarns today and tomorrow will continue the competition at the Old Course in St Andrews.
There are two competitions played concurrently – the individual professional one and the team one. 168 teams, each consisting of one professional and one amateur, contest the first three rounds, with one round being played at each of the three courses in rotation. The team score is the best net score of the two players at each hole. After 54 holes the field reduces to the leading 60 professionals and ties, plus the 20 leading teams, all of whom play the final round over the Old Course.
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Posted on June 6, 2011 by admin@golfcomms