Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Eminem, WhatsApp jokes helping Rahm prepare for first Ryder Cup

Eminem, WhatsApp jokes helping Rahm prepare for first Ryder Cup

Speaking at Le Golf National about his record in the biennial contest between Europe and the United States, Woods admitted: "It's certainly not something that I have really enjoyed and I've really liked seeing". "There's a thorn in their side".

"I remember being a part of some of the Presidents Cup teams that Jack (Nicklaus) had captained and he said it's plain and simple: Who wins the 18th hole?", Woods said.

The USA's last two successes over Europe came in 2008 and 2016 when Woods was absent through injury, although he did serve as a vice-captain for the latter triumph.

"I can't wait to get the Ryder Cup started, to be honest, and I can't explain what that first tee is going to be like", he told reporters on Wednesday. There's not like a big "25" sitting in there anywhere. In the famous blowout at Oakland Hills in 2004 Bernhard Langer's Europe won eight and a half points of the 11 matches that went to the 18th hole - if four those games had gone the way of Hal Sutton's team and they'd edged the halved game, the U.S. would have won. "That's the battle we fight this week". Rahm and Fleetwood, however, should be fixtures in the team for years, and are players Bjorn could lean on heavily this week. "You can be friends week-in, week-out and be good friends week-in, week out, but when it comes to the Ryder Cup, there's something extra special there, and it means so much to want to win and have to win".

"This is about what you do as a team and it's about trying to win this trophy back to Europe".

The flamboyant 42-year-old, known as "The Postman" for his ability to deliver Ryder Cup points, ended a six-year title drought by winning the Houston Open in April and has six top-10 finishes to his name in 2018.

Furyk said he expects chants and songs and good-natured heckling that are part of the emotional Cup scene but nothing over the top. "I think we use it as motivation tomorrow".

McIlroy explained that Woods' victory has provided Team US with some much-needed impetus ahead of the highly-prestigious affair, yet Team Europe must keep their eyes fixed on the entire American side, not just Woods if they are to come away as winners. They hang out together.

"I've always felt kind of a mutual respect". I know they will be boisterous. If one player wins a hole they go "1 up" and the player that loses the hole is "1 down". "Hopefully they thrive on that".

The 1955 Great Britain team fell to an 8-4 defeat to the United States in California
The 1955 Great Britain team fell to an 8-4 defeat to the United States in California

Robin Tiger Williams, 17, was born the year Woods completed his famous "Tiger Slam" when he held all four golf majors at the same time.

"It's obviously a nice buzz for our team", Furyk said. "You have to stand up and hit a golf shot".

Watson in 2012 at Medinah was the first player to encourage the massive crowd around the first tee to keep yelling as he was teeing off.

"My dad spoke to her uncle, and it was very sad when we found out, for many reasons: not only because she was way too young, but she was just too nice of a person, and the way it happened", he said.

"I haven't really looked online and read any articles about it yet".

Furyk said the upcoming three days of practice on the 7,183-yard layout will be vital to American hopes this week.

The Americans are leaving little to chance in France and have employed an analytics firm to provide real time analysis of how guys are performing. The course is considered a "thinking mans" golf course.

Three matches in the books, three red points on the board, and Tiger Woods was still on the golf course.

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He and Patrick Reed dropped a 3-and-1 decision to Tommy Fleetwood and British Open champion Francesco Molinari . McIlroy acknowledged he "didn't have my best stuff out there this morning, but Sergio was encouraging me".

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