2012 KLM Open Champion Peter Hanson is also a member of the 2012 European Ryder Cup team and he joined Tuesday’s edition of Morning Drive from its Orlando studios. Hanson is getting ready to play in his second Ryder Cup but his first Ryder Cup to be played in the United States and he said that it is really important to be playing well with so much on the line that week. It is all about being ready to go beginning on the Monday of Ryder Cup week and he feels as though he is in a very good position coming off of his first win since 2010.
While playing in The Netherlands last week, he saw a great deal of his European Ryder Cup teammate Martin Kaymer although they did not talk much because they were both focused on their respective games. Kaymer appeared to be very motivated to get his game in great shape and he played well in the KLM Open.
If he could pick a partner, he would pick Lee Westwood or Francesco Molinari. Westwood has the experience and the great records in both foursomes and four-ball while Molinari has a very steady game that would mesh well with his own game. But Captain Olazabal will make the choices and he is just very excited to be a part of that team.
One of his teammates includes World #1 Rory McIlroy. It has been amazing to watch how well Rory has been playing and obviously the last few weeks have been remarkable with his three wins including a Major Championship. McIlroy was a great presence in the team room in the 2010 Ryder Cup and everyone is looking forward to spending time with him and being teammates with him.
Hanson won the KLM Open with a lot on his mind as his son Tim was hospitalized in Orlando. On Friday night, he spoke every hour to his wife to get updates on their son and played the third round on Saturday with his mind on his family and not at all on his golf. He was thinking of the big picture and he saw golf as what it is: a game. He is happy to back at his U.S. base in Orlando with his wife and son back at home.
He is looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the European team at Medinah at the beginning of Ryder Cup week. Between now and then, he is looking to stay relaxed mentally and physically so he will be ready to play when he arrives in Chicago. Assistant Captain Paul McGinley has given him some wonderful advice and has told him that the key to success during Ryder Cup week is not getting overwhelmed and burned out from the schedule and the intense atmosphere.