Ross Fisher talks to the media ahead of his Ryder Cup debut (Getty Images)
Fisher out to enjoy special week
Ross Fisher is determined to enjoy every minute of his Ryder Cup debut at The Celtic Manor Resort this week.
Fisher is among six rookies in Colin Montgomerie’s Team for the three-day match against the United States, which starts on Friday morning.
And he admits his selection is the realisation of a boyhood dream to tee it up in golf’s biggest team event.
“It was very special as a youngster getting Ryder Cup videos and stuff for Christmas,” he recalled.
“Obviously, having the relationship at Wentworth and seeing Bernard Gallacher up there was pretty special.
“He actually brought the trophy into the pro-shop at Wentworth for a couple of weeks in 1995, when they won it in the States. That was pretty special.
“As juniors, to have watched Ryder Cups is one thing, but to see it there in the flesh and have a chance to have your picture taken with it, gave me goosebumps.
“You practise hard and hope that one day this will come. Obviously for me, it’s here – it’s a dream come true.
“This is a very special week. I’m part of a lead group of golfers in Europe, and I feel very proud to be in the Team room.
“If I go out there this week and don’t enjoy it, I'm obviously doing something wrong and shouldn’t be playing golf.
“Because if you’re not going to enjoy this, there is something wrong with you. It’s a very special event to be a part of.”
Prolonged heavy rain during the second day of practice yesterday failed to dampen Fisher's enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
“A lot of the Americans don't really play too much golf in the rain,” he added.
“Obviously in the States, when it rains there are usually thunderstorms, so you come off the course; whereas we get to play in pretty bad conditions quite a lot throughout the year, so I think it could potentially favour the Europeans.
“It’s obviously going to be a very long golf course, especially around the greens. I don’t think the American guys have seen rough quite like it around the greens.
“And when it gets wet, it’s pretty tough to control your ball and get it close to the pin.
"Fingers crossed for Celtic Manor, the spectators and everyone that the weather is decent. They’re going to put on a great week this week, and the stage is set. We just want to get going now.”