LJ: I think Lanny just went on the fact that I had only played in one Ryder Cup. When he saw how little experience he had, I think he ruled me out. Captains tend to look for experience, which isn't necessarily always right.
SI: Did you have a chance to watch the Ryder Cup on television?
LJ: Yes, at home. I watched all day Friday and Sunday, and on Saturday I watched everybody tee off and then took my son to Sea World. Watching Sunday was the most nerve-racking thing I've ever been through. I've never felt as tense—even playing in a tournament. I started feeling sick to my stomach when I saw we were going to lose. That was when David Gilford made his putt on the 18th, and then Brad Faxon missed to lose their match. That killed it for us.
SI: Going in, did you think the U.S. would win?
LJ: If you asked me three months ago, I'd have said our chances were real good. But going into the week, I wouldn't have felt comfortable betting on the U.S.
SI: What were you thinking when Curtis bogeyed the last three holes on Sunday to lose his match against Nick Faldo?
LJ: I found it amazing that one player could make or break the whole team. You don't expect a captain's pick to make that big a difference. If I was in the same situation, you never know. It's easy to say par is easy from the 18th fairway, but add the incredible pressure and Faldo breathing down your neck, and who knows?
SI: What did you feel like when it was over?
LJ: The next day I did an outing at Baltusrol with Paul Azinger. We were in shock. We couldn't believe that we had lost. I'm sure those who played feel worse, but the rest of us feel almost as bad. Guys like me and Payne Stewart and Mark O'Meara—we didn't do anything to help by not making the team. I just wish I could have been there. I would have done anything to help. Deep down I feel I might have made a difference.