Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler clearly enjoyed his week in Wales despite the loss to Europe, his half point against Edoardo Molinari coming after he won the final three holes.
“Like Phil said, with us in the position that we were,
being three back, the US, like you said, has been known to be strong
in singles. We knew we had a shot, and to have a chance to win, in
Europe, which has not been done in a while, is what we came here to do.
“We all felt we could win, and I knew especially today I would have to
work hard, especially getting in the position I was in.
“I felt the point that turned around in my match or got me pumped up
again was, I saw Tiger make a putt on 13 from about 50 feet and that
kind of gave me a little extra life. I went on to win the hole with a
par, and that kept me moving, those last four where I made a little run.
“I just want to say, it’s been an awesome week for me. At 21,
playing Walker Cup last year, and to come and play Ryder Cup this year,
it’s been pretty cool to be on a team with all of these guys.
all very close. We have gotten to know each other on a personal level,
and getting to know each other’s games a little bit better.
“I want to thank Corey for giving me the opportunity to be here, and
the four assistant captains. It’s been a great week.”
“It was great to see, especially Rickie today turn that match around, birdieing the last four, was awfully incredible and very impressive.
“And get to know them on a personal level, too. We play against each other 51 weeks of the year and battle it out and come here this week. It’s great to get to know these guys on a more personal level. We came close.
“I played well today, and it was nice to turn my match around like I did today. I was two down early after the first two and ended up being two down through five.
“I’ve been close to playing that way for a little bit now, but I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year. I have three more events.”
“Well, Rickie played well this week. As a captain’s pick, I thought he would. That’s why I picked him. He’s a great kid. He’s going to be out here a long time. He’s going to play in a lot of Ryder Cups in the future.
“I think the way he played today and the character he showed in hanging in there in his match and coming back and birdieing the last four holes, I believe it was, to tie that match, was an incredible performance, and it’s something that he’ll remember his whole life and he’ll be able to mature and grow as a player, just as every other player on this team will grow and mature from playing in a Ryder Cup.”
“The atmosphere is awesome. To hear that kind of excitement for golf really is spectacular for us. We don’t get a chance to play in front of crowds that boisterous and spirited.
“Mainly though they were cheering for the Europeans, the fans here are really respectful for all good shots and they have a lot of respect for all of us, everyone on this table. So it was really about to hear the crowd be into it, despite the weather, and their team won, but they were behind everybody in a way. It was really cool to see that just for the game of golf.”
“Hats off to the fans here. hey are obviously cheering their team on, but I felt like we were given new respect and it’s a homefield advantage, and it should be, but I think they did it in the proper way.
“I think the 12 men up here and our captain, our assistants, this event’s always meant it’s always been my favourite event. Rarely have I ever been as happy after winning; I’ve never cried after losing other than at the Ryder Cup
“We know what it means to us. Whatever you all thought in the past, whatever you’ve all written in the past, it’s your observations, the way you feel. But that judgment really, I mean, we know what it means. I’m glad maybe finally you’ve all figured it out. And I’m sorry it’s in this way.”