"We really don’t have room for guys to play five (sessions). We don’t have enough basketballs for this team." – Davis Love III, on making the tough call of when to sit players during the Ryder Cup.
"Oh baby, I wish I could go 36 (holes) more." – Keegan Bradley, after getting two points for the U.S. in the first two sessions of the Ryder Cup in his pairing with Phil Mickelson. The Americans led the Europeans 5-3 after Day 1.
"The more pressure the situation, the better he plays; the better he sees the shot; the better he focuses; and the better the result, and there's no more pressure situation, no higher pressure situation than the Ryder Cup." – Phil Mickelson, on his playing partner Keegan Bradley who was undoubtedly the MVP for the Americans on Friday of the Ryder Cup.
"On 18, when somebody like Tiger Woods looks at you and goes, 'Great playing, man,' you understand you've done something pretty good." – Nicolas Colsaerts, who made eight birdies and an eagle in defeating Woods and Stricker 1 up in fourball on the first day of the Ryder Cup.
"I’m pretty calm and cool out there. He might be borderline dead but I think it’s a good thing."– Zach Johnson, on his partner Jason Dufner’s demeanor while on the course. Johnson and Dufner won two of their three matches while paired during the Ryder Cup.
"When Tiger is on, he’s on, and he’s very impressive, but when he’s not, he’s not. It’s a brave captain to leave him out." – Ian Poulter, on Davis Love’s decision to send the Tiger Woods-Steve Strickerpairing back out in the afternoon session after losing to Poulter and Justin Rose, 2 and 1, in the opening session Friday.
"It was tough. We’re in Chicago. They had a few drinks today, and they weren’t making it easy for you, I’ll be honest. It was brutal." – Poulter, on the pro-American crowd at Medinah Country Club.
"We’re going to have to agree to disagree." – Jim Furyk, to Graeme McDowell, after objecting to McDowell’s request for relief from a sprinkler head on the second hole in Friday's first session. Rules officials agreed with Furyk, but McDowell and Rory McIlroy eventually beat Furyk and Brandt Snedeker 1 up.
"I have to be careful how I drive the buggy. I don’t want to get fined like I did when I was going from Augusta to Hilton Head." – European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, poking a little fun at himself when asked about how he will monitor the Ryder Cup matches from his golf cart. Olazabal was stopped for speeding this year after The Masters going 97 mph in a 65-mph zone.
"I think the Ryder Cup should build a statue for him." – Olazabal, on Ian Poulter’s clutch play on Saturday that kept the Euros within striking distance heading to the singles matches.
"The Ryder Cup is all about pingpong, everybody." – Bubba Watson, joking about the widely publicized table tennis matches that take place in the U.S. locker room. Captain Love had three tables brought in before the start of the Ryder Cup.
"I’m not young anymore. I’m one of the older guys. It’s nice to get a little bit of rest." – Tiger Woods, on the decision to have him sit out a session for the first time in his Ryder Cup career.
"It’s hard to believe Tiger hasn’t gotten a point pairing up with Stricker. They make a great team. But we’ve got 12 really good players." – Matt Kuchar, on the pairing of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker not winning a point during the Ryder Cup.
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