Thursday, September 25, 2008

ATLANTA -- Ten of the 12 players from the triumphant U.S. Ryder Cup team are at East Lake for the Tour Championship this week. (Fan favorites Boo Weekly and J.B. Holmes finished outside the top 30 in FedEx points and didn't qualify for the limited-field event.) There's no question those 10 players rolled into Atlanta a little frayed after a week of intense pressure, followed by fervent celebration. A few players spoke candidly about the challenge of getting mentally prepared for the FedEx finale after the exhilarating experience.
"It's weird kind of going through that and then having to come to such a big event like this," said 26-year-old Hunter Mahan. "It's a great field, good golf course ... it may take a round or two to actually get back into the flow of playing tournament golf again."
"I think we'll be fine," Chad Campbell said. "Might be tough getting back into things, but once you start to feel it again, it'll fall into place."
Jim Furyk added: "We're all a little bit worn out after last week. I found that at 38 I don't recover like I did at 23. I knew that, actually, but I've proven it once again."

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