The 36th Ryder Cup sure to be emotionally charged
By S. Adam Cardais,
The Americans are going to be hungry at the upcoming Ryder Cup matches - that much seems clear.
With the Europeans taking four of the last five contests, the Americans appear eager to bring the cup home. In late August the team took a two-day "reconnaissance trip" to the K Club, the venue near Dublin where the event will be held Sept. 22-24.
"I think [the trip] was necessary for all kinds of reasons," Lehman added, in a more serious vein. "A lot of guys had not seen the course. The simple fact of the matter is that we all felt it would be a good idea because we want to win. Period."
There is no reason to think the Europeans are any less psyched up. Led by Ian Woosnam, the team has seven members in place, with the rest of the lineup to be determined largely by play at the BMW International in Munich.
It's still not clear whether Darren Clarke, who hasn't played in the three weeks since his wife's death, will end up on the team as a captain's pick. Either way, Heather Clarke's passing is likely to galvanize the Europeans and, as Damon Hack of The New York Times put it recently, be one of reasons this year's Ryder Cup rounds "are expected to be among the most unusual and emotional matches in recent history."
What they're saying
Hack writes about the impact Heather Clarke's legacy will have on the 36th Ryder Cup. He also notes several other reasons the event will stand out this year, including the fact that it being played for the first time in Ireland.
Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink, a captain's pick for the U.S. team, left Ohio after competing in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to join their teammates for a two-day practice and bonding session at the K Club. Woods has more experience there than any other player on the squad.
Woods talks about what the Ryder Cup means to him and the challenges of playing at the K Club in this WorldGolf.com interview.
European captain Woosnam now has seven players in place after the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, David Howell, Colin Montgomerie, Robert Karlsson and Paul Casey.
A cabbie strike in Dublin is expected to create severe transport problems during the Ryder Cup. More than 1,000 drivers voted to strike Aug. 21.
Lehman named Stewart Cink and Scott Verplank as his two captain's picks for the U.S. team. Click the link for the other 10 members.
Ryder Cup organizers have banned spectators from carrying mobile rocket launchers at the upcoming event, writes Billy Bureaucrat at the humor Web site The Spoof. The article parodies the actual new security measures put in place for this year's Ryder, during which fans will not be allowed to carry mobile phones and cameras.
September 4, 2006
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