"The golfing family extends way beyond what we are trying to do this week and those events in America with Celia being killed is something that's hit everybody in the golf family, and especially our two Spanish players very much", said Bjorn. No telling how wide his eyes were that day. Before that, I wasn't sure.
It was unclear if he was still cold or simply couldn't wait to get started. I think that has obviously served us well.
Poulter made his debut at Oakland Hills that year.
Since then, he developed the nickname "Postman" because he always delivers.
Ask most any American the one player they would hate to lose to and the choice would be almost unanimous. If you think you've gotten away so far, you're not going to. He birdied the last five holes in a fourballs victory at Medinah to keep the deficit at 10-6, won his singles match to complete a 4-0 week and Europe rallied for a stunning victory. He has gone through four surgeries that kept him out of 10 majors and two Ryder Cups, though he comes to France with a winning feeling-not just the Tour Championship, but his role as a vice captain at Hazeltine two years ago during a rare American victory. Both the Americans and the Europeans have 12 players and the teams will battle it out for 28 points over three days at the biennial showpiece. "I got to see him hole out that shot a couple years ago at Hazeltine". The holders retain the trophy with 14 points. "You'll see less aggressiveness, more conservative tee-to-green, but once you get on the greens, they are a little bit flatter and you can really make putts here", United States five-time major victor Phil Mickelson said.
"But I was at a dinner in December 2016, and I was asked a question on stage at a PGA dinner: 'What's left for me in golf?'". For example, if Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy are going against Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas, and Rose makes a birdie on the first hole but the rest of the players make a par, Europe gets a 3, the US gets a 4 and Europe goes 1 up.
"That's been a goal of mine", he said. "I'm not going to turn into the Hulk this week, I hope". They have only six players in the top 20 and two outside the top 30 (Ian Poulter 34, Thorbjorn Olesen 45).
Despite his formidable Ryder Cup record, he was frank when he insisted he would willingly sacrifice personal success for the sake of the team.
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But what can the Postman deliver?
In matchplay golfers from each side go head to head. At some point, form is all that matters.
Monday was as much a time to reflect on Woods as it was to rest up for a busy week at Le Golf National.
"I'm addressing what we are in that European team room", he explained. We do what we do as a European team, and then we go out and take that on the golf course, and that's all 12 Americans.
Furyk, meanwhile, admits his stars are warming to the golf course and can not wait to get started. "They are the whole package".
Dustin Johnson returned to No. 1 in the world, making it the fifth time an American has been No. 1 at the Ryder Cup.
Open champion Francesco Molinari, world number two Justin Rose, four-time major victor Rory McIlroy and reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood lead a good European team but a home win would be considered a minor upset.
"It won't be", he said.
"I take that as a huge compliment", he said.
The Europeans haven't lost on home soil in 25 years.