Excitement builds ahead of Ryder Cup - 9/27/2018 4:45:25 AM

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"Maybe Rory's not won the last few weeks or months, but he's still there or thereabouts every time he plays, and that shows what quality he has and what he brings on the golf course", Bjorn said.

Flags were raised, anthems were played and the partisan cheers began late Thursday afternoon to signal the end of a hype and anticipation of a Ryder Cup featuring two of the strongest teams the US and Europe have presented at the same time.

"It's good to get excited and it's good to have that, but, at the same time, if I need and have to be called upon to play a late match on Sunday or whatever it is, I want to have all my energy in reserve, so that I can give everything for 18 holes because I did hit a wall on that back nine on Sunday, and it cost me".

He struggled with his putting for the first half of the year and never really caught up.

Fleetwood played a practice round Tuesday with Francesco Molinari, the easygoing British Open champion, but said he would feel just as comfortable paired with a more flamboyant and overtly passionate teammate like Poulter.

He took a week away from golf and then began slowly working his way back during the Tour Championship.

"Bernhard Langer, one of my favorite guys, he's even keel so you pair him with a guy that's feisty, a Seve (Ballesteros), and you kind of get the ham-and-egg effect". I'm surprised I had a voice left at the end of the week. I'm looking forward to it. But I certainly wish I was at East Lake, no question. I tried to take advantage of that time when he was hurt as much as I possibly could. USA captain Jim Furyk said Wednesday it's "probably not too likely".

Pressed on whether Furyk planned on sending the two out together on day one, Mickelson replied: "I do have an idea of what captain Furyk is thinking, yeah".

"Dusting down Hal Sutton's 10-gallon hat".

Mickelson said he and Woods would fare better together now. Sutton, who grew up in Louisiana and now lives in Texas, wore a cowboy hat that US caddies had presented to him the morning the matches began.

"I'm trying not to overthink it", Thomas said. "They did play some golf yesterday". "Feeling that adrenaline, feeling that emotion, I think is what it's all about and I think there's no more intense session than the first morning on Friday", Rose said. I'm not really from Texas, so we don't wear a lot of 10-gallon hats in Pennsylvania.

"It's a nice boost for everyone, and I think for Tiger in general", Furyk said.

Brooks Koepka now has at least one award from his season of two majors. The last time the U.S. did pick up a victory in Europe was indeed on English territory when Tom Watson captained the Americans to a 15-13 victory at the Belfry in 1993. We haven't won as a USA squad here in 25 years on foreign soil. Majors are worth 20 points, and winning two has a 50-point bonus.

Justin Thomas: The only United States of America team member to compete in June's French Open, carding rounds of 70, 70, 69 and 71 to tie for eighth.

Woods, however, is more than six years removed from the Ryder Cup.

Tiger just met another Tiger.

For all his incredible feats in golf-80 victories on the PGA Tour, the most recent on Sunday at the Tour Championship after returning following a fourth back surgery that threatened to end his career-Woods has been on only one winning team at the Ryder Cup.

"You're a big inspiration to me - thank you very much", Williams told Woods, who responded by saying: "No, thank you".

The Ryder Cup, that's just like the Open or the Masters, then?

"I wouldn't say that anybody could be with anybody, on both sides", he said.

During the 1977 Ryder Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, another one-sided affair, Nicklaus argued that radical change was required if the competition was to have a future.

Reed was asked what he thought of the massive grandstand that surrounds the first tee. Le Golf National won't have a tunnel but they'll have a ton of fans ready to go nuts on Friday. It will be loud. "It will be a lot of irons, woods off the tees".

"It's a lot easier when it's a driver off the tee, but this hole, this is a different golf course, different setup", Watson said. "It didn't go over very well in the initial discussions but I'm still working on it".