Saturday, October 2
Captain Pavin’s Inspiring Locker Room Speech (Clip)
AFTER A SATURDAY SESSION of foursomes matches that gave the U.S. Ryder Cup team a 6-4 advantage over the European squad, the Americans stumbled badly at the start of Session 3 and were down in all six matches when play was halted due to darkness.
The team needed a serious lift, and Captain Pavin gave it to them, delivering a motivational speech that had them so fired up they were running for the locker-room door.
“There’s a tradition in tournament play,” Pavin began, “to not talk about the next step until you’ve climbed the one in front of you.”
“Forget about the crowds ... their fancy rain suits, and remember what got you here. Focus on the fundamentals that we’ve gone over time and time again.
“And most important, don’t get caught up thinking about winning or losing the Cup. If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the match. In my book, we’re going to be winners.”
Then Zach started clapping, slowly. Then Stewart. And Bubba and Rickie. And suddenly the whole team and the assistant captains were all clapping, louder and faster.
“Alright,” Pavin shouted. “Let’s go! Let’s go! Let me hear it!”
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−The Armchair Golfer
(This is an ARMCHAIR GOLF spoof.)