Forsbrand Warns Against U.S. Backlash
Anders Forsbrand, Europe's 2004 Ryder Cup Vice Captain and a key member of Bernhard Langer's backroom staff, believes Europe are in for a fight at The K Club. Forsbrand, who won six times on The European Tour International Schedule is now working as a coach for the Austrian Golf Federation.
28 July 2006
Anders Forsbrand, Europe's 2004 Ryder Cup Vice Captain, has warned that there will be no repeat of the European record-breaking 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 margin of victory over the USA in this September's Ryder Cup at The K Club, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
The Swede, who deputised for Bernhard Langer at Oakland Hills two years ago, feels that Ian Woosnam's Team will feel the backlash from an American side still feeling the effects of what became a humiliating defeat for the home team in Detriot, and that this year's American Captain, Tom Lehman, will have the same effect on his charges that Langer had on the European Team two years ago.
"It certainly won't be a nine point victory again, that's for sure," said Forsbrand. "There is no way that will happen again because Tom Lehman and his guys will not let it happen. They are still hurting from Oakland Hills because it was the biggest defeat they had suffered to Europe and it happened on their home turf.
"If that had happened to our guys you can imagine the reaction, so you have to expect a similar response from the American Team in Ireland.
"I think Lehman will be a great Captain as well. He is a very clever man and I think he will have a lot of similarities to Bernhard in the way that he thinks about strategy and the scale of his planning. I don't think there will be much that he won't have anticipated."
Forsbrand, who won six times on The European Tour International Schedule and is now working as a coach for the Austrian Golf Federation, considers it an honour to have worked with Langer at such close quarters two seasons ago, and hopes that Woosnam can deliver a third successive Ryder Cup for Europe in two months time.
"Working with Bernhard, and getting to see him as Captain at such close quarters was a real honour," he continued. "I mean, he was just awesome and he got just about everything right.
"It was quite a performance from the players as well -- they were so good that week and, as everyone knows, played like a real team. Everyone was pulling for each other and that will be Europe's big advantage again at The K Club.
"I hope Woosie can do it -- if he does Ireland will be having the biggest party it's ever seen!"
Whatever happens in September, Forsbrand will miss the party.
"I don't think that I should be there," he confirmed. "I mean, I wouldn't really know how to act if I was near the players who were in the 2004 team. It just feels right that I should stay at home and watch it on the TV. I'll certainly be cheering the European Team on though. We can win it again for sure, but there will only be a point or two in it at the most."
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