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Quotes: European Team - Final Day


September 19, 2004

BERNHARD LANGER: It was a great Presidents Cup last year when they drew and we have had tremendous matches over the last 20 years and I expect it to continue that way for many years to come.

Q. You want to just enjoy the moment then?

BERNHARD LANGER: That would be great, thank you.

Q. Are you a little conflicted, you went to school here and you rooted for Arizona.

PAUL CASEY: Well, I went to Arizona State, for one, no, it's not conflicting. It was good to have -- I think being over here, living over in the states, going to school in the states, I had encouragement out there. I had a lot of Americans encouraging me which was great. The crowds were certainly behind the U.S. to pause they were really fair that was what was really good, they were loud but they were fair. It was just a wonderful experience.

IAN POULTER: It was great to get in it, but I wanted to try solo today. Obviously I was disappointed with losing appoint yesterday. I focused well this morning and the guys said don't look at the leader boards. I did want to look. I always look at them all my life. I had a quick glimpse and it was a see of red, not what I wanted to see. And I guess that made me focus a little bit harder. I did do that. I really wanted to put points on the board for the team, I just wanted to make up for losing a point yesterday. And for me that was really pleasing for me to do that for the team. And I feel really happy.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: We had strength and depth for the first time, but we didn't really realize how strong, to almost double their points -- well, we did, we doubled the points and that's remarkable, remarkable.

Q. And over the Ryder Cups, has this given you the most satisfaction?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Well, they all, they all, four wins, all four wins have given us satisfaction, but this is possibly the best feeling. The Belfry last time was fantastic as well. They all have different appeals, but this is good, believe me.

Q. Were you nervous over that putt?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: No, emotional, not nervous.

Q. Enjoy the party tonight, Darren. Can you close your eyes and feel like you're at home?

DARREN CLARKE: It's good, yeah.

Q. Talk about what you have in the glass there.

DARREN CLARKE: Well, I've got beer, which I haven't had for I don't know how long. So I got that, you know. It's fantastic for us. We came here this week and the whole team has played very, very well.

Q. You were matched today with one of the veterans of all of the American team.

DARREN CLARKE: Yeah, we had a good time. Obviously I'm disappointed. I missed the putt on 18 and Davis missed his as well. But think overall I had an unbelievable day playing against Davis. It was one of the best rounds out here of the I was smoking his cigars on the way around and I think a half was a very, very fair result for both of us.

Q. How fitting that Monty made that winning putt.

DARREN CLARKE: It's one of those strange things that happen in the Ryder Cup. And thankfully it went our way this week. It might not do in a couple years at the K Club, but we're certainly going to enjoy tonight.

Q. Is this the future of the Ryder Cup?

DARREN CLARKE: I think if you take a look at how our rookies have performed this week, I think that's huge for us. You've got like David Howell and Paul Casey got that point yesterday that was a crucial point in the Ryder Cup for us to look as if we were going to get whitewashed in the morning and to get a half and then for those guys to turn it around that was just better than anything?

Q. Final question, how does that beer taste, you've been off it awhile.

DARREN CLARKE: Well, we're supposed to leave the hotel at 5:45 in the morning, so we ain't going to get any sleep. We're going to get to the airport and not get any sleep. So it's going to be a grand party, to say the least.

Q. How does it feel for Monty to hole that winning putt.

PAUL CASEY: For him of all people to hole the putt. His partner had holed a 15 footer and he had to make it as well. It was just perfect and you knew he wouldn't miss.

Q. Players say that once they play a Ryder Cup they never want to miss one. Paul, that's got to be your sense of it.

PAUL CASEY: I agree. Nothing compares to this. Absolutely nothing. The pressure of every single hole is just phenomenal. Nothing compares like it, it really doesn't.

Q. When you get back to the European Tour you're going to be slapped on the back so hard you're going to need some treatment.

PAUL CASEY: Well, when we have been kind of home before and watch these things and it does feel like the whole Tour's behind you. I know that.

Q. Paul, you were in the lake at The Belfry, compare this moment to that one.

PAUL McGINLEY: Oh, it's just as great, every bit. I'm not greedy, I couldn't have it twice to hole the winning putt. And nobody was more deserving than Monty. I'm just so happy he did it. I'm still happy.

Q. How about all these Irish fans out here right now.

PAUL McGINLEY: Unbelievable. Unbelievable. With the three main centers here, Chicago, Boston and New York, half of them are from there and half of them are from Ireland. It's like they meet in the middle and call it home. But basically we're a European team, English, German, Irish, we're all European and it's been a great day for us all.

Q. What will the next two years be like for you trying to get on and ready for that Ryder Cup in Ireland?

PAUL McGINLEY: Oh, that's going to be something, isn't it. When you watch it on TV you really -- if you're a player -- you really want to be involved in this. And it's a really hard team to make. But let's enjoy this one first. Then we'll look to Ireland. It's going to be a great venue, we're going to have a great time, but let's enjoy this one first.

Q. It is a team, but your individual record speaks volumes?

LEE WESTWOOD: Obviously it's great for me personally but it's more important for the team, like you say. Four and a half points is a fantastic achievement and that's been great this week. It's been a great week all the way through.

Q. Would you have dreamed this coming in?

LEE WESTWOOD: No, we could never have dreamed this. We dreamt that we would win and I think that deep down we felt we would win because the team's playing very strongly, 12 world class players, all playing well. If we performed to the ability that or the level that we have shown in recent weeks, then we thought we would have a really good chance.

Q. You guys come in here as the underdog, can you leave as the underdog next time?

LEE WESTWOOD: You tell me, you always decide we're the underdogs. You tell me what we are.

Q. Could you possibly be?

LEE WESTWOOD: I don't know, it's not for me to say.

Q. Of your 12 players do you have a superstar here this week? And I'm kind of thinking what Monty did with the putt at the last. What are your thoughts?

LEE WESTWOOD: No superstars on this team, all playing on a level playing field. No egos in the locker room, in the team room. We all go out there trying to play for each other. Bernhard asks somebody to step forward the first morning and eight people stepped forward. And he asked people to step forward and show what they're made of the next morning and David Howell and Paul Casey started it and I think that match was the best one all week. So it's been a complete team effort. All the vice captains and Bernhard have done a fantastic job. And we had all the bases covered.

Q. How who you do you celebrate this evening?

LEE WESTWOOD: We won't get much sleep and plenty of champagne.

Q. Talk about your feelings this week?

DARREN CLARKE: It's been great for me here this week. And then on 18 there, Davis got a bad bounce on 18 into the rough next to a sprinkler. Actually he could have taken a drop if he would have stood a little bit further away than what he normally does, and he didn't take one. And that just says an awful lot about Davis Love.

Q. He also told me something about you, which is that you wanted to go good/good at the last?

DARREN CLARKE: Yeah, I did. Because we had one of those games that nobody should have won. And it was just good for a half. But you're both playing for your countries and trying to win and you got a chance of taking a drop and getting out maybe back to the fairway and stuff and I know a lot of other people would have taken a drop. So that was incredible.

Q. Isn't that what the Ryder Cup is suppose to be all about?

DARREN CLARKE: That's what it's all about. We sat next to the green afterward and had a cigar together. That's what it's all about.

Q. Kind of summarize your whole week, what's the experience been like for your first time? What's your perspective? Was it what you expected?

LUKE DONALD: Yeah, and more. More than what I expected. This is unbelievable. To play on a winning team is a great feeling. I experienced it at Walker Cup but this is another level. It's unbelievable.

So happy to be here, glad Bernhard picked me, I wouldn't have wanted to miss this for the world.

Q. Has having played college golf prepared you for an event like this? Is there an advantage to that?

LUKE DONALD: College golf really isn't a team event I think you're still playing individually. But Walker Cup has prepared me a little bit. Playing two Walker Cups. This is just a -- that's a miniature version of this and that's prepared me somewhat.

Q. What did the veterans tell you this week and did it help?

LUKE DONALD: Paul McGinley was very helpful to me when I partnered with him for the four-ball. There was just a lot of encouragement, a lot of that, "You're playing great" and "good putt" and things like than he was just really helpful.

PAUL CASEY: Nothing compares to this, absolutely nothing. I mean the buzz of every single hole is just phenomenal. It's -- nothing compares like it, it really doesn't.

Q. When you go back to the European Tour you're going to be slapped so hard on the back you're going to need some treatment.

PAUL CASEY: Well when we have been watching at home before and watching these things, it does feel like the whole Tour is behind you. I know that I was when I was watching on TV. And I'm looking forward to that, obviously, in the fact that we have a tournament next week we'll relish in this for awhile.

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