Monday, September 27
Captain Pavin Addresses Media and Heckling Chant (Clip)
THE U.S. RYDER CUP team arrived at the Cardiff Airport in Wales on Monday. Captain Corey Pavin, as seen in the above clip, made some brief comments to a lukewarm crowd that included members of the media.
“The boys and I are getting to know each other,” Pavin said, “see who we are and what we can be. So far I like what I’ve seen.”
The U.S. Ryder Cup captain then presented his squad. A band played in the background.
Soon after things took an uncomfortable turn. An unidentified male voice began to chant “We want Jimmy.” It caught on, spreading throughout the crowd. Jimmy? No one on the American team understood what it meant, unless it was a call for FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk to step to the microphone.
The fiery Pavin was not pleased. “I would hope you would support who we are, not who we are not. These individuals have made a choice to work, a choice to sacrifice, to put themselves on the line ... that kind of commitment and effort deserves and demands your respect.”
The captain’s stern response was followed by an awkward silence.
It’s uncertain how the episode will affect the team, but some expect Pavin to use it to further motivate his squad, already considered heavy underdogs.
Captain Pavin’s Picks: ‘My Team Is on the Floor’ (Clip)
−The Armchair Golfer
(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)