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The home team talks of their desire to keep the trophy in the States.
September 16, 2004

Q. Talk about being paired with Tiger first group of the morning.

PHIL MICKELSON: I love the pairing of Tiger and myself. It's been put up to us to get the U.S. side off to a good start. We are going to have a very touch match, though, with Colin Montgomerie having such a great career in the Ryder Cup, and Padraig Harrington being such a solid player and doing so well in the majors. We certainly have a difficult match. But it's up to us, and hopefully we will be able to get the U.S. our first point.

Q. Did Hal give you any indication of who you might play with, or when did you get your first indication you might be playing with Tiger?

PHIL MICKELSON: I think I had a decent idea for some time, and have been given plenty of preparation, or plenty of time in advance to know that Tiger and I are going to be playing together. I think we are both very excited about it.

Q. Talk about playing with Stewart?

CHRIS RILEY I'm really excited about playing with Stewart. He's obviously one of the hottest players in the world right now. I haven't played too much golf, so hopefully I'll help him out and make some birdies. We're playing Luke Donald and Paul McGinley and that's going to be exciting. I've played a lot of golf with Luke and he's playing well. I think it will be a great match.

Q. You and Luke both playing in the Ryder Cup for the first time; an even match for you?

CHRIS RILEY Yeah, it's an even match. This is McGinley's second and Stewart's second, and me and Luke are rookies. Should be a close, exciting match. You look at all of these matches and they are pretty incredible. We'll see what happens tomorrow.

Q. Talk about playing with David tomorrow and kind of your match up there with Sergio. JIM FURYK: Well, obviously, I like my partner. I think no matter who you talk to, they are going to like their partnership. David and I share a similar-style game. We're playing two tough competitors. Lee is a good friend. Sergio is a tough competitor. We need to go out and play real well tomorrow and we want to do well.

Q. First time that you've played together in the Ryder Cup?

JIM FURYK: It is. I'm excited about it. David played real well at The Belfry and the Ryder Cup, and he's a great competitor; has a real good record in this. You know, I'm looking forward to it. It's a long three days of practice and I think all of the guys on each side are probably chomping at the bit ready to get out there and get this thing started. So I'm excited about tomorrow.

Q. When did you get a first indication from Hal that you might be playing with Phil right off the bat?

TIGER WOODS: He told us last night what the game plan was. We're fine with it. We're totally excited about it. We're geared up. Can't wait to get out there and play.

Q. Can you talk about just playing Colin and Padraig out there?

TIGER WOODS: Well, I think they are two wonderful players. It's going to be a tough match, so hopefully we can go out there and play well and team up well and make a bunch of birdies.

Q. Just your general thoughts playing with Chad tomorrow and playing against Darren?

DAVIS LOVE, III: More excited to play with Chad. He's one of the guys on the team that everybody kind of wanted to play with. So it will be fun. I know he's going to be excited, he's hitting it great. And I was hoping to get to play against Darren some this week. So right out of the box playing one of my friends and Miguel and him will make a good team. So we'll have to play well to beat them.

Q. Your thoughts just on the four-ball competition and what's it going to take tomorrow?

DAVIS LOVE, III: We need to come out hot. That's what Hal's been saying all along. We need to get off to a good start. Everybody's been saying that the first few holes and the first couple matches need to get going good. So Hal's relying on the first four of us to get out there and get after it. So we feel like we need to get ahead and for once and not be behind. So try to put all that behind us and just get ahead on the day. Get ahead, not be behind. We have always played from behind, it seems like. So he's putting the guys out there first, putting four solid teams out trying to get ahead. I'm looking forward to it. I'm anxious to start. There's no easy matches. So we know that Chad and I will have to get out there and get after it.

Q. Stewart, just your thoughts playing tomorrow and then playing with Chris in his first Ryder Cup?

STEWART CINK: Yeah, it's fun to play with somebody who has never played in the Ryder Cup before. I remember back to my first Ryder Cup last time with Jim Furyk as my partner. I leaned on him a little bit for?I let him make a few decisions that normally I might try to make. And it's a first time for Chris and we'll have a great time. We have been friends a long time. I love the way he plays and if nothing else I'm looking forward to watching him play tomorrow.

Q. Just some questions. Your thought, first Ryder Cup, playing the second match out and then getting to play with six time Ryder Cup veteran Davis?

CHAD CAMPBELL: Got a veteran as a partner. So that will be good. Just looking forward to it. Know we're going to have a tough match against Darren and Miguel. So we'll just go out and play well.

Q. Your thoughts on the course setting now and playing against Darren and Miguel. What's going to be key tomorrow do you think?

CHAD CAMPBELL: I think the key all week is going to be just making putts on the greens. Leaving yourself uphill putts on the greens so you can be somewhat aggressive. I think that's going to be, to play a big role in the outcome.

Q. Your thoughts on playing tomorrow with Jim and playing against Sergio and Lee.

DAVID TOMS: First of all, playing with Jim is something that I've wanted to do in team competition for awhile now and never had the opportunity. So I look forward to that. We're very compatible, have similar games. I think we'll be a good team. As far as our opponents go, that's a lot of their, the heart of their team, Sergio and Lee Westwood, they have both had good years, good players and have a lot of experience. So it should be a tough match, but I feel like we'll do well.

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