Lehman is expecting the final day to be a real thriller
Though down by four points after two days, U.S. Captain Tom Lehman said he knows his players have the ability to rally back to victory. And, he added, he expects his charges to play inspired golf in the Sunday singles.
September 23, 2006
STRAFFAN, Ireland (PA) -- U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman defiantly vowed that "my team does not feel this is over by any stretch of the imagination" on Saturday night.
Trailing 10-6 with 12 singles left at the K Club, Lehman was reminded of seven years ago, when then-U.S. Captain Ben Crenshaw said he "had a feeling" when his side faced the same deficit and then came storming back to win.
"I know that our team as a chance," said Lehman when Crenshaw's quote was put to him. "I know we have the ability to get the job done. I have a feeling that our team is going to play incredibly inspired golf, are going to make our wives and our country proud and are going to give it their best."
"The Americans have always been strong in singles," said European Captain Ian Woosnam after the draw for the Sunday singles had come out. "Hopefully we're not going to make the same mistake as 1999.
"I've never believed in fate," Woosnam added. "You believe in your own talent and I believe in these guys' talent and I believe that talent is going to come out and get us those 14 1/2 points. I think it'll be the highlight of my career if we win.
"I would have stood here very happy with 9 1/2 points. I have got 10. We came here as a team, we are still playing as a team and that's how we intend to play tomorrow," Woosnam said. "We have 12 strong players here and they are all willing to play with anybody."
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