What they said at Medinah
Golf:A selection of thoughts from some of the participants and the respective captains, Jose Maria Olazabal (Europe) and Davis Love (USA) had to say at the conclusion of the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah in which European staged a staggering conmeback to retain the trophy.European captain Jose Maria Olazabal:“Seve (Ballesteros) will always be present with this team. He was a big factor for this event, for the European side, and last night when we were having that meeting, I think the boys understood that believing was themost important thing, and I think they did.”
Martin Kaymer:“This is indescribable. I was so nervous in the last two or three holes. Now I know how it really feels to win the Ryder Cup.”
Justin Rose:“We are in shock. We really wanted to believe but we had no illusions of how hard that day was going to be.
Ian Poulter:“Ryder Cup is what memories and dreams are made of. We just knew we had a chance and you know what, this is history right there. This has been unbelievable.”
Luke Donald:“My job, as the guy leading off, was to go out there and get the first point and put some blue on the board early. Hopefully I gave the guys plenty of inspiration.”
Graeme McDowell:“It will be beers and tears tonight. The Ryder Cup is coming back to Europe.”
Rory McIlroy:“It is the most special and unique golf tournament we have, period. There’s nothing better than celebrating a win with your team-mates.”
USA captain Davis Love:“I don’t have a reaction yet, we are all kind of stunned. It’s a little bit shocking. We were playing so well, everyone on our team was playing so well."
Zach Johnson:“The Ryder Cup is the best thing I’ve experienced in golf. I don’t know if there’s anything relatively close.”
Steve Stricker:“We’ll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and we’re resilient. As golfers you have got to be. It’s the nature of the game."
Phil Mickelson:“I just thought if I won my match, there’s a bunch of red behind us and it would be just fine.”
Tiger Woods:“We came here as a team. This is a team event. And the Cup has already been retained by Europe, so it was already over (on conceding Francesco Molinari’s putt).”
Jim Furyk:“We wanted to win the Ryder Cup as a team and we didn’t do it, but we are going to leave here in the same fashion.”