Miracle at Medinah pain can motivate U.S. - Watson

Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:34am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

(Reuters) - United States captain Tom Watson wants his team to draw on the memory of their painful 'Miracle at Medinah' defeat when they bid to wrest the Ryder Cup back from Europe in Scotland next year.

Holders Europe, galvanized by an inspirational effort from Ian Poulter, produced a spectacular comeback from 10-6 down to win the trophy by 14-1/2 to 13-1/2 points at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois in September 2012.

"Through my conversations with our captain last year Davis Love, he said our players were absolutely depressed they lost and it stayed with them for a while," said Watson at a joint news conference with Europe skipper Paul McGinley at Gleneagles on Tuesday.

"I hope that feeling remains for some of those players who will be on my team and they can use that as a motivator.

"I don't think there's going to be much motivation necessary but maybe just a word or two about, 'We don't want this to happen again', will carry them over the hump and they may make a few more putts when they need to."

Europe have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups but McGinley said there is never anything to choose between two strong lineups.

"The margin between the teams is so small, and has been for a number of years, and Lady Luck has shone on us a number of times, there's no doubt about it," the Irishman explained.

"We've been fortunate to come out on the right side with some wonderful play and great heart from some of our players so I'm well aware the margin between the two teams is very slight."   Continued...

Tom Watson of the U.S. tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the 2013 PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes