Europe and U.S. teams arrive in Ireland
Ireland gets ready for its greatest sporting contest as captains Ian Woosnam and Tom Lehman lead their respective teams to The K Club to prepare for The 2006 Ryder Cup. It is the first time the storied biennial event will be held in the Emerald Isle.
Michael Gibbons, Press Officer
18 September 2006
The most momentous sporting week in Ireland's history is officially under way, as the respective Teams from Europe and the USA arrived at Dublin airport to signal the start of The 2006 Ryder Cup.
Despite a three-hour delay to their flight from Washington, D.C., Team USA touched down at 11:35 on Monday morning to be welcomed by European Captain Ian Woosnam, his Vice-Captains Peter Baker and Des Smyth.
Team Europe landed on schedule at 14:15, with Woosnam boarding the Official Charter with the Sam Ryder Trophy in hand to lead the 12 men that he will captain at The K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, as they seek to win The Ryder Cup for the third time in succession.
The sense of occasion and the anticipation of one of sport's greatest contests were impossible to ignore as the Teams made their way to The K Club to begin the build up to Friday's first matches.
Woosnam officially welcomed Team USA at a press conference at Dublin Airport. Addressing Lehman and his squad, the Welshman said: "Welcome to Ireland. It starts here Tom, another week of great golf, and above all, another week of fun. Let's enjoy the contest, the craic and the fantastic Irish hospitality.
"To you, Tom, and to your Team, the best of luck over the next week, but then again, we will be trying our darnedest to keep this Ryder Cup here."
Lehman responded: "Woosie, thank you. One of my favourite things about Ireland is when you walk off the plane or get out of the car people say 'you're very welcome.' And I guess to me, that epitomises how welcome we feel here and we certainly appreciate that. So behalf of my team, my Team caddies and our Official Party, thank you for opening your arms to us and for the welcome that you have given us this week.
"I, too, think that it's going to be a phenomenal week. It's historical, significant and both Teams have an awful lot to play for. I know that you guys have the Cup and it will be extremely hard trying to get it back, as it should be. I know that the spirit of competition will be tough, it will be fierce, and it will be full of respect. We look forward to the competition and we look forward to playing hard. Good luck to you guys, too."
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