Excitement builds ahead of Ryder Cup - 9/27/2018 4:45:25 AM

Grant SmithOct 01, 2018

He also broke up the Jordan Spieth-Patrick Reed partnership that had delivered five points in seven matches over the last two Ryder Cups.

"I wasn't quite as vocal in my first Ryder Cup as he's been, but I wasn't as good a player in my first Ryder Cup as he is".

"I learnt a lot from that and learnt that it's good to get excited and to have that, but at the same time, if I need to play a late match on Sunday or whatever it is, I want to have all my energy in reserve so I can give everything for 18 holes".

He wound up making a bogey, while Koepka settled for par.

He struggled with his putting for the first half of the year and never really caught up. Sometimes, the Ryder Cup even has players come out of a tunnel onto the tee as if they're wrestling superstars coming out for a big fight. We've won a little more than we've lost in the last few years."The American team is very strong and the dynamic has become a little more cohesive in the last few years and I think that is to do with the younger guys coming on board and embracing the Ryder Cup".

"What would surprise me?" he added.

"I took Tour Championship week to slowly progress each day, do a little bit more, and I was progressing nicely", Spieth said. He went 3-1-0 at Hazeltine and won two majors this season alone, so I should have more confidence in him than I do.

Flags were raised, anthems were played and the partisan cheers began late Thursday afternoon to signal the end of a hype and anticipation of a Ryder Cup featuring two of the strongest teams the USA and Europe have presented at the same time.

US captain Jim Furyk says it's "probably not too likely".

"Playing a practice round (Tuesday) there was basically no people in it and I still got goose bumps looking at it and thinking, 'On Friday, this thing is going to be packed"'.

The question posed to Furyk on Wednesday was how he would feel about "dusting down Hal Sutton's 10-gallon hat?"

Mickelson said he and Woods would fare better together now.

Europe's Jon Rahm plays from a bunker near the 10th green during a practice round at Le Golf National in Guyancourt outside Paris France Tuesday Sept. 25 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup will be held in France from Sept. 28-30 2018 at Le Golf National

"The only time I've seen stands this big is in a football stadium, " he said. I think all the guys on the team feel that way.

"If I were to play with Rory, we've played a lot together, I think we know each other's game very well and we have a very similar game plan in mind", he said.

Justin Thomas finished second, 60 points behind.

"We haven't won as a U.S. squad here in 25 years on foreign soil, so hopefully that will change this week as well".

The PGA of America award is different from the PGA Tour award, which is decided by a vote of the players.

"I look back as those videos, it wasn't just Sunday".

Missing from the American lineup is Phil Mickelson, who will sit out the opening session for the first time since his Ryder Cup debut in 1995. As Woods shook the hands of the youngsters standing in a line, he reached a British player named Robin Williams, whose middle name is Tiger.

Garcia said he thrived on being part of a team in a sport where solitary focus is the norm.

Woods asked Williams, who is 17 years old and from Peterborough, England, if he would be conflicted when the Ryder Cup begins Friday.

"They have jokingly been saying that, 'We want to go against you.' All right". The grandstands around the first tee at Le Golf National hold almost 7,000 people.

The tee shot at No. 1 is hard and likely will be an iron instead of the big head of a driver, which is easier to hit for an opening shot.

"That was the worst tee shot I've hit in both my Ryder Cups, " he said. "They told me I can't do it this time".

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