Our golden chance: Now it's our turn to keep the feelgood factor going, says Rose
23:29 GMT, 27 September 2012
Justin Rose has urged world No 1 Rory McIlroy and the rest of his European Ryder Cup team-mates to use the great British sporting summer as their inspiration to win the trophy.
The Englishman was so transfixed by events at the London Olympics that he almost pulled out of a prestigious event in America at the same time to attend.
He said: 'It did cross my mind because you could see what an amazing experience it must have been to be in the stadium on the nights when Mo Farah was winning and all those golds were coming in.
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‘Then we had Andy Murray win the US Open
to maintain the feelgood factor in brilliant style. Now it’s our turn.
Let’s hope we can keep it going. We all feel that.’
Rose was one of the few bright spots for Europe in the last Ryder Cup staged in America, at Valhalla in 2008, teaming up with pal Ian Poulter to win two points before defeating Phil Mickelson in the singles. ‘I had a fantastic time but now I want to be on a winning team,’ he said.
Europe face a US side who have won just one of the last five contests with superstars like Tiger Woods and Mickelson desperate to improve their poor records.
They also have the Masters champion Bubba Watson, who commendably took Poulter’s contentious remark that he wanted to ‘kill Americans in the Ryder Cup’ in the spirit in which it was intended.
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Watson said: ‘I understand where Poults is coming from. I love watching his passion. As a fan myself of watching the game, I think he’s great for golf.
He’s not disrespecting us. He’s just trying to tell you how much he wants to win that trophy.’
Europe’s Paul Lawrie revealed that captain Jose Maria Olazabal had become emotional at a meeting on Wednesday, especially with references to Seve Ballesteros that affected all those present. Lawrie said: ‘Ollie spoke about Seve and what it was like to play with him, how Seve had phoned him to play an exhibition match when he was 16.
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‘Everything Olazabal does on the course, every time he speaks to you, you just want to do well for the man. When someone like that sends out a message wanting you to give your all then a lot of the boys get a wee bit emotional too, and that’s brilliant.’
US captain Davis Love and Watson have also admitted weeping this week — suggesting there could be floods of tears when the highly-charged event ends on Sunday.