Lawrie: We silenced American boo-boys

Paul Lawrie yesterday revealed just how bad it was for Europe’s player to compete in front of the Chicago crowd at last week’s Ryder Cup.

“I didn’t get abused, but you get ‘top it, shank it, you’re a loser’, stuff like that, every shot you play,” said Lawrie on the eve of his Dunhill Links Championship first round at Carnoustie.

“Every single shot you hit last week, that’s what you get just before you go and hit it.

“That was the same the last time I played (in Boston in 1999) and I think a few of the players had a bit more than that.

” We spoke about it a lot at the team meetings at the start of the week. Jose (Maria Olazabal) was clear — ‘don’t even look at them, don’t take them on. Don’t make on as though it’s hurting us. Just hit your shot and walk on’.

“It’s pretty tough when someone is screaming and blowing in your ear that you’re a loser, but there’s not much you can do.

“It makes it all the more satisfying on Sunday night when you’re standing there with the Ryder Cup.

“I think they (the American team) said it’s the same when they come here.”

Lawrie kept a cool head beating Brandt Snedeker 5&3 in the singles on Sunday.

“The pressure was probably a little bit more this time,” said Snedeker. “Sunday morning was pretty intense, to be fair. But during the team meeting on Saturday night when we had the pairings in front of us Jose was going through them one by one and said he felt we could all play well enough to win.

“He firmly believed we could all win, never mind eight or 8½ points. He was absolutely brilliant the whole week. He was very hands-off when you were playing. He didn’t get involved in things unless you kind of asked him, but at every meeting he was very positive.

“A couple were pretty emotional when he was telling things that had happened and what the Ryder Cup meant to him. At one of them, I think it was Friday, pretty much every player was crying.

“Man, you could see it oozes out of him. He’s very emotional. It was nice for him to be winning captain. I think that’s what we were all trying to do — make sure he wasn’t a losing captain.”

Lawrie also admitted he has ambitions to captain Europe but he is focused on a playing role when the trophy is defended in his home country in 2014.

The Scot said: “First and foremost, I want to play on the team.

“I think the captain will be picked around February so by then I believe I will still be roughly where I am in the world rankings so I can’t see them picking me as captain, and to be honest I’d rather play and give myself a chance of getting on the team.”

Meanwhile Davis Love is wasting no time trying to put the disappointment and shock of Ryder Cup defeat behind him — a defeat which he admits has left his heart hurting.

United States captain Davis Love III is playing in Las Vegas in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the first event of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series.

“I wanted to get back to playing golf, no matter what happened Sunday,” the 48-year-old said.

“I had committed that I needed to get back to my own game and it would be good for me either way.

“My heart hurts for the players because they put so much into it and didn’t get the result they wanted.

“Sunday was not good and Monday was, I think, hard for a lot of our players. It was emotional saying goodbye to most of the guys.

“It was surreal. Phil and Amy (Mickelson) were last to leave the ninth floor — we sat there for a half an hour and I finally realised they just didn’t want to leave. I think we’re just sad it’s over. We’re stunned by the loss.”

The United States were odds-on to regain the trophy when they led 10-6 going into the 12 singles, but Dustin and Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner were their only winners as Europe staged a record-equalling comeback.

“Unfortunately what we knew was going to happen was if we got close they (his team) were going to put too much pressure on themselves,” Love said.

“One of the pressures was they didn’t want to let the captain down, like I didn’t want to let Tom Kite down or Ben Crenshaw or Lanny Wadkins.

“We might have played better Sunday tied rather than trying to protect the lead. It was an unfortunate situation. They fought hard and played great the first two days, then just had kind of an off day.”

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