Love hit for saying U.S. Ryder side 'best golf team maybe ever'

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(Reuters) - Victorious 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley wonders whether Davis Love’s comment that the current United States side “is the best golf team maybe ever assembled” might come back to haunt the U.S. captain.

Love, speaking ahead of next week’s event against Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota, made the comments during an interview on the FairwaysOfLife radio show on Friday.

“We’re a great golf team,” Love said. “This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled. If we just go play our game … ignore the noise, work hard, do your job, everything else will take care of itself.”

Never mind that Love’s comments are not supported by facts, McGinley thinks they hardly help the American cause as the hosts seek to avoid losing for the ninth time in the past 11 meetings.

“It’s going to have a big galvanising affect on the European team,” Irishman McGinley said on Golf Channel.

“I find it strange positioning. There’s always a jockeying going on as to who’s favourite and who’s the underdog. Davis has taken that off the table now.

“It puts a lot of pressure and does corner his team to a large extent but maybe that’s his plan ... But if it doesn’t work out, there’ll be a lot of questions about that comment.”

American Brandel Chamblee, a former PGA Tour winner, had an even stronger reaction.

“I can’t imagine how this one is going to work out,” Golf Channel commentator Chamblee said.   Continued...

May 12, 2016; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Davis Love III hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2016 Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports