MEDINAH, Ill. — After the dramatic, come-from-behind victory by the European team at the Ryder Cup on Sunday, there were plenty of standout quotes from both sides.
We took a look back through the transcripts and here are some notable exchanges in Sunday night’s press conferences:
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On the passion from European leader Ian Poulter
Where does the energy come from, and how long does it take you to come down from a week like this?
IAN POULTER: “I’m officially taking two years off, and I’ll see you at the next one. I don’t know. It’s a passion I have, it’s a passion I’ve seen at the Ryder Cup for years and years as a kid growing up, and it’s something that comes from whithin. I just love it.”
LEE WESTWOOD: “We have actually revised the qualification for next time. It’s nice spots, two picks and Poults. Poults clause.”
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On visions of Bernhard Langer’s big missed putt in the 1991 Ryder Cup
When you were standing over that putt on 18, did you think about Berhnard Langer and his putt in 1991?
MARTIN KAYMER: “I mean, I don’t like the questions, but it’s true; yes, I did. I did think about him, especially when I walked around the hole and read the putt from the other side. And to be honest, there were – well there was a footprint in my line, but it was not that bad. So I thought, okay, it’s not going to be – it’s not going to happen again, it’s not going to happen again.”
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On the uniqueness of the Ryder Cup for the European team
As the world’s best player, No. 1 player now, after having gone through the downs and ups this week, what do you think about this thing?
RORY McILROY: “it is the most special and unique golf tournament we have, period. To bring this group of guys together; to all play for the same cause; we win together, we lose together, and luckily the last two Ryder Cups, we have won together.”
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On the crazy weekend at Medinah
Some of the things that went down this weekend y’all are complete legends. Luke, the 7-iron you hit yesterday on 17, the putts you made Rosey — what are some of the thoughts going through your head as you’re making these putts? Do you noitce what’s going around you and how do you get it done?
NICOLAS COLSAERTS: “Like I said the first day, man, you go with what’s in your pants.”
SERGIO GARCIA: “Well said, dude.”
LEE WESTWOOD: “I like that, dude. I liked it.”
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On not playing Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley on Saturday afternoon
Can I ask you in hindsight, is there anything differently you would have done as a captain? And I’m thinking specifically about leaving Keegan and Phil out from one session when they were obviously playing so well together.
DAVIS LOVE III: Well, in hindsight, we would have done a lot of things differently, I guess.
No, these guys asked to do certain things during the week, and there are some guys that didn’t want to sit out; but guys that felt like they needed to rest, we let them rest.
I I’m going to second?guess myself for a long time. Could have done a lot of things differently, but I’m proud of??
PHIL MICKELSON: Hold on, Davis. Hold on one sec, Davis.
As far as playing Keegan and I, you need to hear something. Keegan and I knew going in that we were not playing in the afternoon, and we said on the first tee, we are going to put everything we have into this one match, because we are not playing the afternoon. And when we got to 10, I went to Davis and I said, listen, you’re seeing our best; you cannot put us in the afternoon, because we emotionally and mentally are not prepared for it. And I know you’re going to get pressure, because we’re playing so good.
But we have other guys that are dying to get out there, and we have mentally put everything into this match; we won’t have anything later, and so you need to stay to our plan. So you cannot put that on him; if anything, it was me, because I went to him 10 and said that to him.
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On the team atmosphere with USA
Obviously just a phenomenal first two days for you, and as a rookie, can you talk about the difference in the emotions in today and not winning and how you are feeling?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: It was a difficult day for most of us. It was really neat coming back into the team room and having everybody kind of come together and let each other know that we all had each other’s backs. And it just made you feel really, really good. I’ve never really felt more on a team in my life. I mean, we are all very close, and it was just such an unbelievable week to share with these guys and the captains and one that I’ll never forget. And I’m going to be disappointed that we are not going to get together tomorrow to all get ready to play.”
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On Tiger Woods’ sportsmanship on the 18th green
Tiger, why did you concede Molinari’s three?foot putt on the last? Had he missed it, it would have been a tied match, 14?14 which is a lot better from a U.S. perspective than a one?point defeat.
TIGER WOODS: “It was already over. We came here as a team. This is a team event. And the Cup was already been retained by Europe, so it was already over.”