What a great few days I have just spent in Wales where the golf was only bettered by the hospitality of the Welsh people. After a shaky start, Monty’s men came on strong on Sunday and despite a late charge by the American’s on Monday, The European’s led by Poulter and Donald were the stronger team and to be stood on the bank on the 17th green when Graeme Macdowell brought home the Ryder Cup was something I will always cherish.
The noise the crowd made as he walked up on to the tee after his birdie on 16 was unbelievable. I noticed during the 4 days play that some players seemed to enjoy the atmosphere, Poulter and Donald, while others wilted , Kaymer and Molinari. It seems that the likes of Poulter and Donald could concentrate more easily but they both did it in their own way. Poulter occasionally going mad after a putt, to let off steam, and Donald simply smiling and going about his business quietly. Both very effective and both very individual. Those that were trying too hard looked uncomfortable and were unable to produce their best golf.
The final word must go to GMac who said afterwards, ” You practice and dream all of your life to be in a position like this, to have the opportunity to win the Ryder Cup and yet when it comes you almost don’t want it.”
Fear and excitement are so closely linked in those moments. If you can let go and trust yourself you have the chance to become a hero but only if you are prepared to take the risk of looking like a fool.