Saturday, September 29, 2012

NBC Notes and Quotes on Saturdays Ryder Cup

Here's some more insight into the Saturday morning action from the Ryder Cup... I hope you're enjoying the excitement!

Day Two Morning Matches

“A guy like Webb Simpson that gets to play Bubba Watson’s drives that are out there nine miles … you feel like King Kong all of the sudden.” – Johnny Miller

“The U.S. didn’t really have a ‘go-to’ team … but now, I think, the U.S. actually has a ‘go-to’ team that everybody can rally around, almost like the Seve-Olazabal-type teams in the past.” – Johnny Miller on the U.S.A. team of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley

“The American fans back here gave the Euros a little of their own medicine when they started singing ‘Away, away, away, away, you’re away.’” – Mark Rolfing

“So many times it seemed like the U.S. players would kind of shut it down after the PGA Championship and really hadn’t been playing any competitive to speak of before these matches were held.” – Gary Koch on how the PGA TOUR Playoffs have kept the American players sharp

“He’s made him young.  All that enthusiasm he’s brought has really got Phil fired him up.” – Roger Maltbie on Keegan Bradley’s effect on Phil Mickelson

“He’s sort of an irritating player to play with – in a good way – for Europe.” – Johnny Miller on Ian Poulter

“I think it was the introduction of Seve.  We were very, very lucky with Faldo, Seve, Langer, Woosnam, Lyle.  We were very fortunate to have the top five or six players in the world at the time and that helped us greatly, and it helped the lesser-likes to come through.” – guest analyst Colin Montgomerie about the recent European dominance since 1985

“Sort of like two poker players, too, they don’t show you much, they just got the toughness inside.  They’re just the opposite of an Ian Poulter or Bubba Watson.  They just keep it quiet and nip at ya.” – Johnny Miller on the team of Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

“Remember his first Ryder Cup in ’99, when he’s playing with Jesper Parnevik.  He’s jumping around the place, all over the place.  He has calmed down .. and so has his game, unfortunately.”- guest analyst Colin Montgomerie on Sergio Garcia

“I’m also glad for Phil Mickelson.  He’s had a bad time in the Ryder Cup over the years, Phil Mickelson, and he’s lost a lot of games that he deserved to win. And it’s that he’s found a partner now that he enjoys playing with.” – Colin Montgomerie

“These matches have just gotten huge. It’s amazing, the synergy and the nationalism involved, and it’s just amazing how exciting it is to watch the Ryder Cup.” – Johnny Miller

“Europe had to expect this great Irish team to do better than looking like one win and two losses.  That really hurts Europe.” – Johnny Miller after the European team of McIlroy and McDowell lost to the American team of Furyk and Snedeker in Saturday morning foursome matches  

-NBC Sports Group-

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