Ryder Cup Logo Ryder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
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Quotes From: U.S. Friday Fourball Players

September 21, 2006


Q. Are you ready to play?

TIGER WOODS: We're excited, both of us. We have got two of Europe's best on the first day, so it will be a fun match and hopefully we'll be able to get it started and get the momentum on our side going out early.

Q. Pleased with your pairing?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, we've played a bunch, Paddy and Colin and I; that's nothing new.


Q. Thoughts on playing with Tiger tomorrow.

JIM FURYK: Well, obviously, Colin has actually been out in a lot of first matches in the last few Ryder Cups, so interesting pair ups, and both obviously Padraig and Colin are good players and I respect both of them. We'll have to go out there and play well.

Q. Obviously pairing with Tiger, a guy you know pretty well, you've played with him?

JIM FURYK: Yeah, I enjoy playing with Tiger. It was no secret we were going to get paired together and hopefully we can continue some of the momentum from last year.


DAVID TOMS: I'm pretty excited about it. Brett is an exciting type of player and I need to play some steady golf and let him play his style, his kind of go for broke style and hope it works well for us. I think it will be a good pairing for us.

As far as who we play, Sergio and José are a big part of their victories in the past and are great players. We're going to have to play good golf to beat them, but rightfully so. I look forward to the challenge.


J.J. HENRY: I'm really excited. Stewart and I are good friends, and on top of it I think we're both playing really well. Obviously Stewart's last couple of events he's really been on form as well as I and we've both had a couple of really good practise days. Our games are very similar, we're good ball strikers, we hit a lot of greens, and if we make some putts, hopefully we'll be tough to beat.

I'm just really looking forward to playing. We've been out here, we've had a great week so far, now it's time to go have some fun and play golf.

Q. Are you familiar at all with who you're playing, Casey and Karlsson?

J.J. HENRY: Actually I played with Robert last week in Boston, first time I played with him. Really just a pleasure to be around. Obviously playing really well himself, and of course Paul is playing really well. Last week he won the World Match Play. It will just be a lot of fun. Again, it's all about the competition and it should be a great challenge.


Q. Talk about playing with David.

BRETT WETTERICH: For me I can't have a better partner. David's a down to earth guy and he's always going to be in play for me. I'm going to go out and play my game and try to make a lot of birdies, and hopefully he's going to do his part and I'm just going to help him out.

Q. You face a pretty good group, some good experience there.

BRETT WETTERICH: Two tough competitors. We're going to have to go out there and play some solid golf and that's all there is to it.

Q. When you get a challenge like that opening day, that's what you're looking for, get it out of the way?

BRETT WETTERICH: Any match, no matter who it is, you go out, play your game and go out and do what you have to do.


Q. Playing with Phil and the success you've enjoyed and the camaraderie, can you speak to that first?

CHRIS DiMARCO: Yeah, we gelled phenomenally at the Presidents Cup and we played a lot of practise rounds together in the last year. I know that when we came out here the last month ago we played a lot together, and then every day this week we played together. You know, I really feel comfortable with Phil. I know he feels comfortable with me. So it's a nice partnership.

Q. You're facing a very veteran group; they were comfortable as well together in past Ryder Cups.

CHRIS DiMARCO: Yeah, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood are obviously two of their best players. And obviously Darren being Irish, he's going to have a lot of support from the crowd.

You know, it's going to be fun. Both those guys I respect very much, and actually both those guys are friends of mine. It's going to be a fun match and hopefully we can pull through.

Q. It's like going into an opponent's court, or an opponent's gym and you have to fight through that, the emotion.

CHRIS DiMARCO: It's going to be loud, no doubt about it. I'm expecting that. I'm not expecting too many cheers, but I have seen a lot of Americans over here, so we're going to have our cheers, too.


Q. What are your thoughts on the first round?

STEWART CINK: Well, I'm really happy to be playing with J.J. We've been anticipating it since we came together over here on our practise trip. We get along well, really well, and have a lot in common and games are complementary to each other, very similar.

Q. What are your thoughts on playing another rookie with Paul Casey and Robert Karlsson?

STEWART CINK: I like playing with the younger players, I do. I've been out there a few more times than J.J. has. It's always fun to be able to lead. That's a part of golf that we really don't ever get to experience except for in these deals.

Q. How do you think you're going to be the leader?

STEWART CINK: Not through anything like golf strategy, but he's going to be nervous. I'm going to be nervous, too. It's a nerve wracking experience. We'll be nervous. But I think I can help J.J. calm himself down a little bit, and just I'll remind him of a few things along the way of what got him here.

He's playing great. J.J. is playing about as good as anybody on our team right now. I'm sure there's going to be a lot of good golf played.


Q. How excited are you to be going out tomorrow?

PHIL MICKELSON: Well, I'm excited to play with Chris DiMarco. We played well together and really enjoyed being paired together. We have a very difficult match tomorrow, not just because Lee and Darren are such incredibly talented players, but because of the emotions that will be involved in the match, as well.

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