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Captain's Blog: Cold day, hot start

U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III was delighted with his team's start on Friday, which led to an early 5-3 lead over Europe.

Captain's Blog: Cold day, hot start

In his latest blog entry, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III talks about finally getting to the golf and how his team rebounded from a slow start to take an early 5-3 lead over Europe.

By Davis Love III
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain

MEDINAH, Ill. -- This morning was just so exciting. The atmosphere was amazing.

I know our guys were really pumped to go out there and so were the wives.

It was cold, but it was loud, which was great. My nephew was out there sitting in the dark, in the stands tweeting saying, "I'm sitting in the stands in the dark and they're full." It was just really cool and our guys had a lot of fun with it. G-Mac and Tiger and a couple others hit some funny looking drives on the first hole. You could tell they were all a little nervous, but it was just a great scene. It was everything we thought Chicago would bring to the Ryder Cup.

The only thing is, we came out kind of flat. If we could have kept that first tee noise going a little longer, it would have been a little easier to play, but we had a great start in the afternoon off the first tee with Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson. Bubba was whoopin' up and had them keep it going while he hit his tee shot. He smashed his drive and then just kept the momentum going for us, that kept the crowd into it and it went all the way back even to Tiger and Strick, who hung in there until the last hole.

I'm just so excited. After two years of planning, now we're into the golf and it's clicking.

Guys are talking about golf. They're getting ready to play. They're more in their element. Our assistants -- we're all in a rhythm now of what we need to be doing. By the time we figure out the carts, the radios, the cart paths and everything else out, they're going to take them all away from us because this will all be over.

It was a good first day. I think, really, the cold weather and a little but of a flat start hurt us. But, other than that -- other then the first 6-8 holes -- we had a really, really good day. They hung in there after a bad start, pulled it together and got ahead.