Great quotes from the Ryder Cup

Great quotes from the Ryder Cup

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In 1983, Nicklaus said of Wadkins: "Lanny, that little son of a gun. He needs a wheelbarrow to carry his brass around."
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A collection of the best quotes in Ryder Cup history, taken from the SI Vault.

1957: American Tommy Bolt, after losing on the 33rd hole of a match to Scotsman Eric Brown: “I guess you’ve bleeping well won the game, but I didn’t enjoy it one bleeping bit.”

The reply: “Of course you didn’t,” Brown retorted. “You bleeping well knew you were going to be beaten.”

1965: One of the players (not the already-wealthy Arnold Palmer) on the U.S. team, which was inspired by the leadership of Captain Byron Nelson: “If we played this hard in the tournaments back home, we’d all be millionaires.”

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1967: Billy Casper, playing in his fourth Ryder Cup, recalling his emotions before he hit the first shot of the first match: “Did you ever try to hit a golf ball without any oxygen in your system?”

1975: British captain Tony Jacklin before the Ryder Cup, which the Americans won, 21-11: “If we don’t score more than nine points that’s the Ryder Cup equivalent of a butt-kicking. If we win, then we ought to be knighted.”

1983: Jack Nicklaus, the U.S. captain, addressing his players before Sunday’s final matches, with the scored tied, 8-8: “I will not be the first captain to blow this thing. Now you guys show me some brass.”

Nicklaus, after the Americans won 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 on the strength of a key wedge shot by Lanny Wadkins: “Lanny, that little son of a gun. He needs a wheelbarrow to carry his brass around.”

1985: Sam Torrance, after beating Andy North to secure the win for Europe, the first time the Americans had lost in 28 years: “Never have I felt as wonderful as I feel today,” Torrance said. “And never will I feel as wonderful.”

1987: Tom Kite, playing in his fifth consecutive Ryder Cup, which the Europeans won, 15-13: “This has nothing to do with money. It’s bigger than that. This is playing for Uncle Sam, and Sam expects a lot.”

1989: Jose Maria Olazabal, after teammate Seve Ballesteros went eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie on the back side to defeat Tom Watson and Mark O’Meara: “When Seve gets his Porsche going, not even San Pedro in heaven could stop him.”

1991: Hale Irwin, who lost a one-up lead with two holes to play in the decisive Sunday singles match against Bernhard Langer: “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t swallow,” Irwin said. “The sphincter factor was high.” (The match was halved when Langer missed a six-foot par putt on 18 to give the Americans a 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 victory.)

1993: Costantino Rocca, a 36-year-old Ryder Cup rookie, after missing a short par putt on 17 and losing to Davis Love in singles: “The team is sorry for me,” he said. “They all pat me. I miss putt because I go to look too quickly the ball go at the hole.” After a pause, he continued: “The tension, the tension.”

1995: Lanny Wadkins, the U.S. captain, speaking of the cup after losing to the Europeans, 14 1/2-13 1/2: “Enjoy your time with this pretty little thing, ’cause two years from now, we’re comin’ to get it.”

2002: Sam Torrance, the European captain, while exhaling cigarette smoke through his nostrils after his team’s victory: “Hurry up with your questions. It sounds like a hell of a party out there.”

Torrance again, while watching Colin Montgomerie swig Budweiser on Sunday night after the European victory: “Bad heart, bad back, and tomorrow he’ll have a bad head.”

2006: Former European Ryder Cupper Sandy Lyle, after another rout of the U.S. squad: “We’re going to have to start giving the Americans handicap strokes. This is getting boring.”


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