While questions are raised as to the true feelings of the American players towards the Ryder Cup after each of their recent defeats, there’s no doubting the regard in which the Europeans hold the competition.
In both victory and defeat, Europe’s team spirit is never in question, avoiding controversies such as the one currently dogging the US squad, and pod-gate in 2014.
In order to inspire his side prior to last week’s Ryder Cup in Paris, Captain Thomas Bjorn had a motivational video made and shown to his twelve players on Thursday night.
That footage hasn’t been released until now.
In it, former Captains Brian Huggett, Sam Torrance, and Jose Maria Olazabal share their thoughts on what the Ryder Cup means to them and the continent.
Huggett relived the painful memories of seven unsuccessful attempts to claim the trophy, while Torrance, who was Captain in 2002 when Paul McGinley famously sunk the winning putt, admitted that it’s only winning that matters, not taking part.
But if one living man personifies European golf, it’s Olazabal. That overall mantle belongs to his mentor and best friend, the late Seve Ballesteros, and Olazabal channelled his compatriot in the course of his captaincy during the extraordinary 2012 iteration.
He invoked memories of the mercurial Spaniard here too, along with providing some chilling quotes to convey the importance of the biennial contest.
“All men die. But not all men live. Well, this is your chance to feel alive…”
How can you not cry watching this? https://t.co/D7ojLlfCue
— Francesco Molinari (@F_Molinari) October 2, 2018