Ryder Cup: That’s what he said . . .

A quick collection of quotes from the players taking part in the Ryder Cup’s opening session:

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Jim Furyk-Brandt Snedeker vs. Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell

Furyk: “We have similar styles, and I admire his game and the way he played this year: good short game, good putter. … I’ve definitely learned a little bit about momentum and getting out in front, and I know getting off to a good start tomorrow will be key to us. We’re setting the tone.”

Snedeker: “Jim is a straight-down-the-middle kind of guy, been playing really, really well and obviously driving it pretty straight and a lot of quality iron shots. Look for us to go out there and have a lot of fun out there, and I think we’ll do really well and I think we’ll team up perfectly for each other.”

McIlroy: “Leading the side off in the Ryder Cup – we are going to go out there and get the blue on the board early. … To be honest, they are not the opponents we were expecting. … It was a little surprise to see a rookie in their first group.”

McDowell: “We are going to use the World No. 1’s power and precision, and I will just knock a few tap-ins in.”

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Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley vs. Luke Donald-Sergio Garcia

Mickelson: “(Keegan’s) energy gets me excited and helps me stay focused on the next shot and get up for the match.”

Bradley: “(Phil’s) easy to partner with. And I know if I just get him anywhere on that green, he’s got a chance to make it. … Sergio and Luke have an unbelievable record. They are both legends in the Ryder Cup, and I think it’s going to be fun for me and Phil to go up against them.”

Donald: “It should be a great atmosphere with Phil playing and hopefully I will get some support as I live in Chicago, and Sergio obviously has some special memories from here. He’s very popular around here.”

Garcia: “(Luke) is my best friend on tour. … We both have a great record in foursomes and we are unbeaten, but we aren’t concentrating on that. We are just looking to win a point for Europe.”

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Jason Dufner-Zach Johnson vs. Lee Westwood-Francesco Molinari

Dufner: “(Zach’s) going to guide me around a little bit, … and he’s a good little rock to lean on. … Both of us tend to hit it pretty straight, hit a lot of greens. Zach is a phenomenal putter, so it should be a good match-up.”

Johnson: “We thought it would be good for a number of reasons. Similar games, similar demeanors. I’m pretty calm and cool out there. He might be borderline dead, but I think it’s a good thing.”

Westwood: “We are going to be very steady and consistent and hopefully very hard to beat. You can give holes away very easily in foursomes.”

Molinari: “I hope to live up to the expectations he has and everyone has on the team. I’ll do my best to contribute to the team. … Zach and Jason are two steady players, and they don’t give many holes away, so it might be another match which goes all the way to the last.”

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Steve Stricker-Tiger Woods vs. Ian Poulter-Justin Rose

Stricker: “It’s always fun to go out with a friend. It’s a good time and there’s a lot of fun, and like I say, a lot of pressure to go along with it, but we have a good time with it.”

Woods: “We know what to expect from each other. There are no hidden surprises out there for us.”

Ian Poulter: “I have two fantastic new pillows in my room this week, so I’ve had no problem sleeping at all this week. Tonight will be no different.”

Justin Rose: “I have gotten to know Tiger pretty well over the past few years (Woods and Rose share a swing coach, Sean Foley) and I played with him last week, so I feel comfortable about what I am going to face out there on the golf course, and I know I have a great partner alongside me. It is going to come down to who can hit the key shot at the key time.”

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