U.S. captain Love embraces motivational tricks

Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:52pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, tired of losing and seeking new ways to motivate, invoked the rah-rah style of American soccer coaches on Tuesday on how he would rally his team past Europe.

The United States, who once dominated the biennial match play competition, have lost three times in a row and eight of the last 10 and are desperate to end Europe's run at Hazeltine National starting on Friday.

Love drew criticism for resorting to hyperbole over the weekend in saying on the radio, "We're a great team. This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled."

European veteran Sergio Garcia told reporters that his team mates had taken notice and were using it for their motivation.

Love said on Tuesday his comment was misconstrued and that it was made in reply to a question about what he was going to tell his players to get them psyched up.

"That's what Nick Saban would tell his team when they're getting ready to go play Ole Miss," Love said about how the hugely successful University of Alabama coach would operate.

"He's going to say, 'you guys have worked hard, you're the best team I've ever seen, let's go crush these guys.'"

Love, who also captained the 2012 U.S. team that lost a big lead heading into Sunday singles at Medinah to fall again to Europe, said his message was that this is a fresh start for everyone, and not to look at the past.   Continued...

Sep 26, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA;  Europe team captain Darren Clarke (left) and Team USA captain Davis Love III pose for photographs after the captains press conference ahead of the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports