LW: I needed to get nice, full shirts that everybody could wear—I might have had Craig Stadler on the team. I'm saving the red, white and blue outfit for the last day. We'll play in black slacks on Friday, and Prince of Wales plaid on Saturday. Pretty conservative, but sharp.
SI: Did you ever have a confrontation with an opponent in the Ryder Cup?
LW: Not really. The closest thing to it happened in '79 at The Greenbrier. Larry Nelson and I were a team for the first four matches, and three of them ended up being against Seve [Ballesteros] and Antonio Garrido. We beat them worse each time. Then Larry beat Seve in the individual matches, too. Anyway, Larry and I won the third match by a landslide. I birdied the first five holes, and after Larry eagled the 8th we were nine under par playing best-ball. On the 14th, I had to two-putt from about a foot and a half to close it out. Seve made me putt. All that tells me, though, is that he doesn't want to admit defeat. I love that he is so competitive. I would love to have Seve on my team.
SI: How do you assess the Europeans?
LW: Bernard Gallacher [the European captain] is in a pinch, quite honestly. Seve and Jos� Mar�a Olaz�bal seem to be ailing. Then, if Olaz�bal falls out of the top 10 on the points list [he's now 10th and not playing well because of a foot injury], and [Ian] Woosnam, [Nick] Faldo and [Sandy] Lyle aren't on it [none are in the top 10 at the moment], Bernard's got four huge names and just two picks. He's got to take Faldo. Who else? Olaz�bal makes a great team with Seve, but Woosnam finished second in the Open to Curtis at Oak Hill in '89.
SI: Does Oak Hill favor either team?
LW: For the first time in memory, I really feel like we should have a home-course advantage. We're going to set up Oak Hill like a U.S. Open or PGA with thick rough around the greens, and narrow fairways, which have tended to favor Americans. I see nothing wrong with that. The Europeans have set up their courses like they like them. There's no reason we shouldn't do the same.
SI: What is your most vivid Ryder Cup memory?
LW: I'll never forget the party after we won in 1983. We almost destroyed a hotel room, with everybody going crazy. Jack [Nicklaus], who was captain, made Barbara [his wife] chug the whole top of the Ryder Cup full of champagne. She either had to do that or drown. It was a Ryder Cup party to remember.