Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Story Image KILDARE, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Luke Donald of Europe signs autographs for fans during the second official practice day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 20, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Woosnam Happy with Players form after Practice Round

With the forecast easing slightly as the morning progressed, The European Ryder Cup Team took to the course at 11.15am for nine holes of foursomes at The K Club to do battle against the elements during their second practice session.

Rod Williams, Press Officer
20 September 2006

With the forecast easing slightly as the morning progressed, The European Ryder Cup Team took to the course at 11.15am for nine holes of foursomes at The K Club to do battle against the elements during their second practice session.

“One of the main reasons we came out is you’ve got 40,000 people here who paid a lot of money and want to see the golfers,” said European Team Captain Ian Woosnam. “I thought it was important to come out to the practise ground, even if we hit some balls and signed some autographs and maybe just play a few holes. All the lads were going to play nine holes in foursomes and see what it was like.”

Once the gates opened at 10am following the earlier closure on safety grounds as the course was buffeted by winds up to 40 mph, the crowds once again flocked in in droves.

“The Irish fans are unbelievable and they won’t be out of here in any sort of weather,” said Europe’s Captain. “It’s 79 years that Ireland has waited for The Ryder Cup to come to these isles, and I’m pleased. They will be terrific fans all over the week and hopefully we can star off the right way.”

Only Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood retained their partnership from Tuesday with some tried and trusted partnerships heading out to battle against the elements. Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald, who won both their foursomes matches together in 2004, out in the first group with José Maria Olazábal and debutant Robert Karlsson.

Paul Casey and David Howell, whose fourball win two years ago proved pivotal to the match, played alongside Clarke and Westwood while the last group saw Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie paired as they were for the first three sessions at Oakland Hills and playing alongside Paul McGinley and Henrik Stenson.

“We wanted to play foursomes and are playing foursomes in a little bit different way today,” added Woosnam.

“Both players are driving and then playing each other’s ball. So when it comes down to the foursomes, at least they get a feel for which tee they would like to play-off, which iron shot they would like to take into the par 3s and they can discuss that together. I think it is important we get a feel for the foursomes and the course and how it is playing in these conditions.”

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