NEWPORT, Wales – It didn’t take long for the ghost of Kiawah Island to come screaming back to haunt the first Ryder Cup press conference at Celtic Manor between the opposing Ryder Cup captains.
Just 10 questions to be precise.
Corey Pavin received a hammering from the British press for wearing camouflage hats during the 1991 Ryder Cup. One member of the British press cast Pavin’s mind back 18 years, asking him if he was as patriotic now as he was in ‘91.
Needless to say, Pavin was ready for the question.
“You’re obviously referring to the Desert Storm hat,” Pavin replied. “That was misconstrued. Maybe over here. It was just a show of support for our troops over in Iraq (during the first Gulf War.)
“I think a lot of people took it the wrong way. I was showing patriotism to the guys out there putting their lives on the line for our freedom. If that’s wrong then so be it, but I don’t think that’s wrong.”
The 1995 U.S. Open Champion is obviously ready for the diplomatic side that goes with being Ryder Cup captain.