What he said: Quotes day 1 of the 2014 Ryder CupSeptember, 2014
We round up all the best player quotes from the opening day of the 2014 Ryder Cup where Europe took a 5-3 lead
“We needed that finish. We were making life difficult for ourselves. I don’t think either of us played from the fairways much. But we were three under the last three holes – we just wanted to ask them a question and we were able to do that.
“Sergio had the shot of the day at the last.
“We played to really tough matches and have half a point to show for it.”
“We knew we weren’t playing good. We fought as hard as we could and the half a point is just huge.”
“When you go out first that’s the position the captain put you in to go and deliver a point. That’s what me and Ice Man came to do today.
“We got off to a good start and we knew how key that was.”
“I felt like I had a really good solid partner in Justin. We know each other well and had good fun out there and most importantly we delivered.”
“The first tee was magic, just what I was expecting. The fans were great all the way round. Just a shame we never really got the birdies to compete with them”
“We didn’t hole enough putts, that simple. Clearly in this format you have to hole putts – we didn’t do that. They did and it was a point on the board for them.”
“Wow. It’s quite an experience. My first Ryder Cup, it was just incredible playing with Lee. It’s a battle, we played as well as we could play and it just shows how tough it is in this format and in this great tournament.
“That first tee – it was like a sudden death in a major or something.”
“I love it, watching someone take to it like a duck to water. There was no doubt in my mind that Jamie was up to the task. He jus played great out there and never missed a shot.
I had faith in my rookies and I’m so proud of them" – Tom Watson Keegan Bradley
“I try to remind myself that I’m playing alongside one of my idols since I was a kid – Phil Mickelson. How can you get better than this?”
“It’s been a really fun partnership over the last few years. He really picks me up if I’m down and some of those putts were just awesome.”
“It was exciting, exhilarating, heart-breaking. To get this opportunity at 35 is really cool. There were plenty of chills and goosebumps and you just don’t get that in a regular tour event.”
“I had faith in my rookies and I’m so proud of them. They were upset for not playing in the afternoon. I said, I know you’re mad at me but you’ll be playing tomorrow for sure.”
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