Ryder Cup scares players to death, says captain Love
By Ed Osmond
LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (Reuters) - The pressure on the opening day of the Ryder Cup "scares players to death" and it is the only competition they really cry about, United States captain Davis Love III said on Wednesday.
The 48-year-old American, who will lead the U.S. team against Europe in this year's matches at Medinah Country Club near Chicago, said he would try to deflect some of the pressure away from his players in September.
"You are scared to death on the Friday morning of the Ryder Cup," Love told a news conference on the eve of his 26th consecutive appearance in the British Open.
"It is way too much pressure for golf, just brutal."
Love played in six Ryder Cups, losing on four occasions, but he experienced the elation of securing a vital point with a singles victory over Costantino Rocca to help the Americans win the 1993 match 15-13 at the Belfry, England.
"The last putt of the Ryder Cup is the worst, you have this fear of letting down all your team mates and the crowd," he said.
Hunter Mahan was the American player whose missed putt handed Europe victory in the last Ryder Cup in Wales and Love said he would have no hesitation in putting the 30-year-old world number 10 out in the last match again.
"Hunter handled the situation really well," Love said. "He's been there before and I think he would want to have the chance again and not to put the pressure on one of his team mates." Continued...