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“Sergio Garcia told Team USA they need to do their talking on the golf course as Rory McIlroy admitted comments made by Davis Love and Johnny Miller in the build-up to this week’s Ryder Cup are merely ‘motivation’ for the European players,” Martin Dempster of the Scotsman writes.
“‘Yeah, they are pretty much motivating factors,’ said Garcia of the comments. ‘Everybody has opinions and Johnny says a lot of things. But we know what we have and that’s the most important thing for us. At the end of the day, you don’t win Ryder Cups with your mouth. You win it out there on the golf course. That’s when we’ll see which team is the best.’”
How Tony Jacklin saved the Ryder Cup
“Since [Tony] Jacklin’s first captaincy in 1983, Europe has gone 10-5-1, turning what had been an annual American romp into a fierce competition that often comes down to the final day, the final match, the final hole. Jacklin led Europe on four occasions, going 2-1-1, winning for the first time in 28 years, winning for the first time on American soil, and forging a tie in his last attempt -- which meant Europe kept the Cup and Jacklin again walked away triumphant.
“It has been an amazing run that continues now as Europe seeks a fourth straight victory in the competition, something that would not have been fathomable in Jacklin's time as a player…
“With all that in mind, it is not a stretch to say that Tony Jacklin saved the Ryder Cup,” ESPN’s Bob Harig writes in this story on Jacklin and his Cup legacy.
‘Chamblee best in America at what he does’
“The Ryder Cup is bringing a lot of people to Minnesota who are very good at their jobs. Hazeltine National this week will contain many of the world’s best golfers, event coordinators, agronomists and sports journalists.
“I would like to welcome the superstars of golf to our fair state by making them angry.
“I think Brandel Chamblee is the best in America at what he does.
“That should do it.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan writes about Golf Channel’s star analyst.