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‘American ladies’ and ABBA? The BEST traces from Ryder Cup Day 2 interviews

Xander Schauffele on Tuesday at Marco Simone.

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Editor’s observe: The Ryder Cup, after final being performed two years in the past, is now simply three days away. However that’s additionally 72 hours. And 4,320 minutes. The purpose being, the biennial matches are as shut as a par-3 — however but really feel as far-off as a brutally lengthy par-5. The second hand can appear caught till Friday. 

After which there are the press conferences. They, too, can largely drag. In spite of everything, there are solely so some ways to slice a golf ball, double-pun supposed.

However there are tasty morsels. 

So, beginning Monday, as a method to get us to the second when balls are within the air, we’ll provide a spotlight or two. They may be technical. They may be insightful. They may be emotional. They may be technically insightful, emotionally stated. 

They may embody quotes about American ladies, ABBA and grumpiness, like Tuesday’s. 

(And should you’re excited about a spotlight from day one, please click on right here.)

Day two at Marco Simone was getting-settled-in day. Follow rounds have been performed. Potential pairings have been previewed. Press conferences have been held. There have been 12 in all — the 2 captains, 4 People, six Europeans — throughout a whopping 3 hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds. Whew. However we learn each phrase. Together with when: 

Justin Thomas stated: “If Jill teed it up within the Ryder Cup for the opposite group, I’m going to attempt to beat her fairly dangerous”

Over the course of his session, Thomas was requested a number of questions on his ardour for the occasion. A reporter then questioned how you wouldn’t let issues get private afterward. 

“I might say I might simply sort of channel, truthfully, the issues that I really feel as a result of I don’t — Rory [McIlroy] is a superb instance. I like Rory. We get alongside extraordinarily effectively. He’s been a job mannequin of mine. He was tremendous good to me once I was first beginning up. He nonetheless is. We see one another a bunch. Yeah, we performed one another within the Ryder Cup and, yeah, we hated one another for 18 holes. Once more, it’s nothing private. It’s not a dislike as an individual. 

“It’s simply my spouse is aware of, if Jill teed it up within the Ryder Cup for the opposite group, I’m going to attempt to beat her fairly dangerous.

“It’s nothing private.”


European captain Luke Donald talked about ‘American ladies’

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That got here after a query about Sepp Straka. To notice right here, Straka is Austrian, however has lived within the U.S. for the previous 16 years and has a considerably Southern accent.  

So Donald was requested how he was mixing in. Was he getting ribbed?

“No, no ribbing. We’re certainly one of 12 — everyone seems to be certainly one of 12 this week. There isn’t a hierarchy, actually, and Sepp is having fun with the group ambiance. We noticed how effectively he loved it and actually blended in very effectively with the fellows even in January on the Hero Cup. Once more, that confirmed a variety of dedication flying all the way in which from Maui to Abu Dhabi.

“He may need an American accent and lives in Georgia, however there’s just a few of us that reside in America and some of us which might be married to American ladies. It’s simply the way in which it’s. We’re all Staff Europe this week.”

Cue the Tom Petty track

U.S. captain Zach Johnson was requested concerning the ‘media’

Sure, it is a member of the media, writing a few query from the media, concerning the media. How Inception-like. Right here is the alternate, began by the reporter:  

“Are you able to clarify to me why a lot of the media, they are saying concerning the U.S. group are favourite, and these group captain, they are saying 50/50, say one thing completely different, we’re favourite and why.”

“What? I’m sorry.”

“A lot of the media say the U.S. group are the favourite.”

“The media is saying we’re the favorites? Properly, the media is aware of all the things in order that is smart.”

“Why do you assume they are saying this?”

“I don’t know.”

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“Are you able to say one thing completely different so that you don’t say …”

“I’m not going to talk on behalf of anyone else, not to mention the media. I recognize them and know they’re doing their job. I don’t know what media you might be referring to as a result of I actually attempt to ignore the noise, no offense. I recognize all of it. The best way I see it in terms of favorites or this, that or the opposite, we’re not the favorites after we step onto the primary tee due to the group. We aren’t the favorites due to what’s occurred and transpired over the past so-many-odd years, and they have a very, actually good group enjoying effectively. So hey, I like that. Our backs are towards the wall, and that’s the way in which we’re going to strategy it.”

Right here, creator and Golf Digest contributor Shane Ryan then instantly requested the next. 

“Zach, are you guys the favorites?”

“I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine your query from yesterday.”

A day earlier, he notably had requested Donald and Johnson to match their groups to the Roman Empire.   

Ludvig Aberg talked about how he’s nowhere close to ABBA 

Aberg, from Sweden, was requested about others from Sweden. 

“All of us love your nation, Sweden, however there will not be too many well-known Swedes. ABBA, Henrik Stenson, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, Björn Borg. How does it really feel so that you can be as well-known as them in such a short while, and will you go on to truly eclipse these guys and change into Sweden’s most well-known individual?

“I might not put myself in the identical sentence as ABBA,” Aberg stated. “All I attempt to do is play golf and I attempt to hit as few pictures as I can each event I play in.”

Let’s break this up then with some Dancing Queen.

Jon Rahm stated he would pay to play within the Ryder Cup — and joked about Aberg 

Rahm, as fervent as anybody over the Ryder Cup, was requested if he would pay to play within the occasion. 

“Pay for what and the way a lot?”

“I believe it’s negotiable,” a reporter stated. 

“I imply, if there was an entry charge to be part of a group?”


“Most likely, sure,” Rahm stated. “This week is a variety of enjoyable, so yeah, I believe so long as it’s manageable for everyone on the group, as a result of we’ve got one which was in school like two days in the past.”

Aberg, notably, was enjoying school golf as late as Could.  

Patrick Cantlay talked about grumpiness 

Cantlay, over two Presidents Cups and the final Ryder Cup, has shaped a powerful pairing with Xander Schauffele, and he was requested about part of his character that was completely different from Schauffele’s. 

“He’s very optimistic,” Cantlay stated, laughing. 

That’s a distinction?


Cantlay then expanded on it. Later, there was this alternate, began by a reporter:

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“Going again to your first reply about Xander being the yang to your yin and him being tremendous optimistic, that makes me really feel you’re a grumpy sort of man. Is that truthful sufficient?”

“Did you simply get that notion proper now?”

“I’m a thoughts reader.”

“Most individuals can be grumpy round Xander. He’s like Tony Robbins on the market. He’s impressively optimistic. I believe the great approach to say it’s I’m a realist.”

Xander Schauffele talked about Cantlay — the joke teller 

Schauffele adopted Cantlay, and he was requested an identical query: What would he get from his associate? 

“Positivity,” he stated, smiling. 

Then got here this alternate, began by a reporter:

“A really fast, easy query. Has Patrick Cantlay ever advised you a joke?”

“He truly was simply telling a ton of jokes at lunch. None that I can repeat on this room, clearly.”

“Impolite jokes?”

“Is determined by what impolite means to you.”

Tommy Fleetwood talked about how issues is probably not as they appear

Scottie Scheffler has lately enlisted the providers of famous placing guru Phil Kenyon, and Fleetwood was requested this about his fellow Englishman: 

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How troublesome a balancing act is it for somebody like Phil Kenyon this week with a foot in each camps?

Fleetwood was prepared for the query.  

“Properly, that’s what the People assume,” he stated, smiling. 

He then talked significantly on the topic.  


Jordan Spieth talked about being yelled at 

Spieth was requested whether or not he can be motivated by unfavorable followers. As a part of the alternate, it was famous that Brian Harman stated he was in July, when he received the Open Championship

“I can’t say I’ve had experiences like that. I can’t say that it will be one thing that will encourage me or not. The truth is, I attempt to simply throw it out of my head and simply follow what I’m doing as a result of I believe blocking out the noise is the healthiest factor to do, and that’s as a result of I’m a man that — I performed a variety of matches with Patrick Reed, [and] when he felt insulted, he turned the notch up. After I really feel insulted, I don’t flip it up or down. I’m identical to, OK, they’re drunk, transfer on. [He laughed.] 

“I’ve additionally shouted loads of issues at sporting occasions at folks that I’ve no motive to do, so I additionally attempt to say, pot and kettle, and acknowledge that it’s all simply sport and transfer on.”

Shane Lowry revealed one thing he perhaps shouldn’t have 

Two years in the past, in his Ryder Cup debut, Lowry stated he cried — and that he hadn’t carried out so when he received the Open Championship in 2019, nor when a daughter was born weeks earlier. On Tuesday, he was requested if that confirmed how a lot the occasion meant to him. 

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“Yeah, look, it’s an emotional week, and even a number of the stuff that’s occurred already this week would get you fairly emotional.”


What stuff?

“As I used to be saying that, I used to be like, most likely shouldn’t be saying this …”

Too late.

“No, look, a variety of stuff goes into this week, and there’s movies which might be performed within the group rooms within the evenings, motivational movies, and simply sort of hits residence a bit bit. I’m not going to elaborate a lot additional than that, however Luke and his group have carried out a terrific job already this week on Monday and Tuesday. Yeah, I’m excited for what’s to come back the remainder of the week.

Has Lowry cried already?”


Does he simply cry loads now?


Didn’t he as soon as say he didn’t cry when his daughter was born — and now he’s crying right here?

“Emotional stuff.”

Sepp Straka talked about his arms

Straka, a Ryder Cup rookie, was requested if he’s questioned veterans McIlroy and Justin Rose concerning the expertise. He stated he has. 

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“Yeah, positively, you’ve bought to lean on these guys. It’s unbelievable what number of Ryder Cups they’ve been part of and been profitable in. Yeah, a typical query like, ‘What do you on the primary tee field when you may’t really feel your arms,’ sort of factor. However yeah, total the purpose is you’ve simply bought to play golf. However yeah, simply sharing tales and listening to tales from them has been useful.”

What do you do when you may’t really feel your arms?

“Hope, I assume. Yeah, perhaps simply follow the routine and hope you make a superb swing.”

Viktor Hovland talked about hate 

Hovland was requested concerning the altering of the rivalry. Right here was the entire alternate, began by a reporter:

“Speaking to guys like Paul McGinley, he speaks loads concerning the rivalry that was extra clear in the way in which that Europeans performed in Europe, People performed in America. These days, you guys just about all play collectively. You’ve grown up with Collin Morikawa. How does it have an effect on the rivalry of the Ryder Cup, in your opinion?”

“I can’t converse for the fellows that performed previously,” Hovland stated, “however it appears that evidently we most likely hate one another lower than guys used to previously.

“However positive, hate is an enormous motivator to do effectively. That’s only a reality. However I believe the place we are actually, we’re extra motivated perhaps to win for our nation and continent. We need to win for Europe. It’s not a lot to — clearly we need to beat the People. We get pleasure from that.

“However it’s not as a result of we hate the opposite group. It’s as a result of we love Europe and we need to do effectively for the folks that assist us.”

Three extra days to go. 

Editor’s observe: To observe Johnson’s Tuesday press convention, please click on right here. To observe Donald’s Tuesday press convention, please click on right here. To observe the press conferences of the 4 People, please click on right here. To observe the press conferences of the six Europeans, please click on right here

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