"He's kind of
buying into this having 11 buddies with him for a week instead of just, you
know, me against the world." --VERPLANK ON WOODS
"I spent six
months working on the rain suits because I know what the weather can be like
here. I've tried to get the very best out of the waterproofs."
-- EUROPEAN CAPTAIN IAN WOOSNAM
likes watching my swing, I would think."
--FURYK, WHEN ASKED WHY WOODS FAVORED HIM AS A PARTNER
Americans, I know they were cringing when the plane landed yesterday in Dublin
airport and it was blowing an absolute gale and lashing rain."
-- PAUL MCGINLEY
with Woods) is so exceptionally prepared that one Irish paper dubs him "St.
Tom." Woosnam, on the other hand, stammers when he reads his prepared
remarks and seems to be making his decisions on the fly. When a journalist
points out that all the par-5s are on even-numbered holes, encouraging the
pairing of a long hitter with a shorter hitter in the foursomes, Woosnam acts
surprised. "That's a good point," he says. "I haven't thought of
ASKED IF the U.S.
team had any bulletin-board material posted in its team room, Chris DiMarco
said, "Yeah. Unfortunately it's from Johnny Miller and some of our own
sportswriters." DiMarco added, "I never agree with anything Johnny
writes or says, so it doesn't matter."
wild weather produced the only criticism of Lehman. "With Hurricane Gordon
showing its teeth," wrote Lewine Mair in The Daily Telegraph, "both the
European and American teams had looked out of their hotel windows at first
light and thought to themselves that this was no day for golf. Woosnam
encouraged his players to go out just the same. Lehman sent his back to
Swing coach Butch
Harmon, doubling as a Sky Sports analyst, roasted Brett Wetterich for his
careless play at the PGA Championship, at which the Ryder Cup rookie casually
swatted at some balls in the rough on his way to missing the cut. "I was
appalled with what I saw," said Harmon. "I don't want the guy on my
team if that's the way he acts. You want a guy who hangs in there and