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Ryder Cup 2010: US captain Pavin praises European fans

38th Ryder Cup
Venue: Celtic Manor, Newport Date: 1-3 October Starts: 0745 BST on Friday Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live & online, live text commentary online & daily highlights on BBC TWO. Live on Sky Sports 1

Corey Pavin
Pavin expects his rookies to cope well with the intense Ryder Cup atmosphere

US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin says he believes fans at Celtic Manor will respect his players even in the heat of battle against their European rivals.

"I don't see a situation happening out there where the people will applaud for bad shots or missed putts," he said.

"At the K Club [in Ireland] in 2006, there was a polite pause if an American missed a putt or hit a bad shot.

"There might be a comment here and there, but it's few and far between. The fans are respectful of both sides."

Pavin was part of the US team which triumphed in the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island, dubbed 'The War on the Shore', when partisan American galleries stoked the contest's ill-tempered atmosphere.


The Americans are seeking their first win on European soil since 1993, when Pavin, 50, was again part of the victorious US line-up.

The 1995 US Open winner said he is backing his five rookies - Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Jeff Overton - not be overawed by the challenge of ending that drought.

"I like these rookies," he said after the first official day of practice at Celtic Manor. "They are aggressive, positive players... and they are going to come out firing.

"I don't think they look at the history books in that regard. I want to have them look at it as a challenge and go out there and try to win for the first time [in Europe] in 17 years.

"I just want to make sure they are emotionally under control. I watched some of them today and they seemed quite fine out there, very relaxed."

Meanwhile, one of Pavin's most experienced players, Tiger Woods, was in defensive mode as he faced the media at Celtic Manor.

Woods predicts 'tricky' Ryder Cup conditions

The recently-divorced world number one, who needed a wild card pick to make the US team after a poor 2010 in the wake of his marital problems, refused to be drawn on any subjects other than golfing ones.

When asked if he was facing an "emotionally more difficult week" because of the prominent role of wives and partners at the Ryder Cup, Woods simply said: "I think it's a great week. We are all looking forward to it."

When pressed on whether the attitude of the other players' wives towards him had changed, he added: "We are here as a team. We're here to win the Ryder Cup."

Team-mate Jim Furyk was, however, in a more convival mood, fresh from winning $7.2m last weekend in the PGA Tour Championship finale.

The 40-year-old, playing in his seventh Ryder Cup, claimed his memorable climax to the season had boosted his confidence ahead of Friday's start in south Wales.

"I was looking forward to getting over here and spending time with my team-mates, and I think it's helped me relax a little bit as well, which is sometimes tough to do at a Ryder Cup," he said.

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