ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – In his first press conference since leading the U.S. Ryder Cup team to victory in October at Hazeltine National, Davis Love III said thinking about the matches still makes him emotional.
He also shed some light on Tiger Woods’ role in the team room. Woods was one of Love’s vice captains and he said on Wednesday at the RSM Classic that the 14-time major winner’s input was crucial to the U.S. victory.
“He had a great system,” Love said. “It really helped us on Sunday. We had already talked about Sunday pairings so many times that when the crunch time came, we knew what we were doing.”
Love characterized Woods’ role as a strategist and said his influence on the players went beyond the normal impact of a vice captain.
“They would call me and say, ‘Hey, Tiger called me, he said I’m sitting out on Saturday,’” Love laughed. “Tiger was so into it, he was so motivated.”
For Love, the telling moment for Woods at Hazeltine occurred at precisely 11:51 p.m. on Saturday.
“He texted me, ‘I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep, there’s no more pairings to make,’” Love recalled. “It was his way of saying our job is done, we’ve just got to go out there and let them play tomorrow.”