United States vice-captain Steve Stricker is cautious before the Presidents Cup considering some events from earlier. “We learned from the 2012 Ryder Cup team and how we had this opportunity to win the Ryder Cup at Medinah, a four-point lead going into Sunday, and we didn’t take enough time, really or do the right things,” said the 55-year-old for skysports.com He again called for caution and is aware that it will not be easy.
“We just didn’t think that through enough probably so when we went to work last Saturday of the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits we put in a lot of time and we made sure that we got that right. We put the guys in the place where we thought they should be, knowing kind of the past history of what the Europeans did.
There’s no complacency here at all. These guys know that over a course of 18 holes, anybody can beat anybody at this level. Our guys are ready. There’s not one of them that isn’t taking this very seriously.”
Davis Love III impressions
USA captain Davis Love III believes that everyone must give their maximum and that the International team can be dangerous. “I don’t think we’ll have to do much messaging or motivation.
And we know we’ll be up against it. Trevor [Immelman, International captain] will have a team with a chip on its shoulder. These guys aren’t going to take it lying down.” Vice-captain Geoff Ogilvy believes that Adam Scott wants to win this time.
“He really, really wants this. Can you imagine?,” he said. “It sucks to lose these things. You’ve seen us mope in here and mope out of here, and you see how fun it is for the team when they win. It’s not very fun to lose these things, and he’s done it nine times. It’s brutal. You’re just compounding sort of frustration.”