US Hopes For Hazeltine Home Cooking
Europeans Have Won Last Three Ryder Cups
The Ryder Cup is so different from any other golf tournament. Number one it’s a team game,which hardly ever happens… Number 2, there’s a home crowd cheering for you and I’m talking a vocal home crowd. And the United States team hopes they make a lot of noise…
Rich Beem remembers how the crowd at Hazeltine inspired him to win the PGA in 2002. And he knows the same thing can happen again with the Ryder Cup.
“It’s so cool to see…and this is exactly what I expected from the fans up here in Minnesota. They’re phenomenal, they’re awesome.” Beem says.
These guys seldom get to play in front of a crowd like this. That makes a lot of noise. And they know full-well it can make a big difference. And they’re excited about it.
“To play here in Minnesota where people have been so supportive and I think are going to be a big asset for us, to feel that energy that they provide, to feel the excitement that they provide, is going to be a really important boost for the United States side in allowing us to play our best.” Phil Mickelson says.
“The home support and the roars and the shouts that’s all part of the Ryder Cup. That’s what makes it the event that it is.” European Captain Darren Clarke says.
“I’m amazed at that sort of excitement for the game of golf and to be inside the ropes and to be a part of it is a fantastic experience.” Matt Kuchar says.
“I couldn’t believe how many people were out there rooting us on. Obviously a home crowd is a little bit of an advantage.” Dustin Johnson says.
“You can’t put it into words unless you experience it yourself, as a fan and as a player.” Iowa native Zach Johnson says.
“I can’t wait to get out there and just hear the crowds just going crazy and all the USA chants and all that. Because there’s just something about playing for your country and then playing for your country at home.” Patrick Reed says.
The Americans sure are happy to be back on home soil for Ryder Cup #41… But they won’t be happy without taking the cup back on Sunday.