Angry Olazabal's rallying speech: Captain calls for intensity after first day showing
20:12 GMT, 29 September 2012
Jose Maria Olazabal revealed a tough side to his nature when he gathered Europe’s players together after Friday night’s fourball drubbing.
Since he was appointed Europe’s captain the Spaniard’s passion for the Ryder Cup has been seen as his strongest asset.
And after the Americans took the first session of fourball matches 3-1 Olazabal did not bite his tongue. ‘We were outplayed,’ said Olazabal yesterday as Europe made a lacklustre start to the second day’s foursomes session.
Tough guy: Jose Maria Olazabal watches the morning foursomes on Day 2
‘We didn’t show the intensity you need to have when playing in this event. We know the US are really eager to get that trophy again. And they really came back at us in the afternoon matches.
‘My players have to be a little more intensive on the golf course.’
The only player who escaped the criticism was Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who marked his Ryder Cup debut with eight birdies and an eagle to take a point off Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker with an out-of-form Lee Westwood.
Olazabal said: ‘If the information that I got was correct, I think it’s been the best scoring for a rookie in the history of the Ryder Cup.
‘So it was quite an impressive performance and it was a huge point for us.’