Cory Pavin calls for pause for missed putts
Captain Corey Pavin will have no problem if home fans celebrate missed putts from his U.S. team at next year’s Ryder Cup—as long as they leave a polite gap before applauding.
Pavin is promising an understated style of captaincy at next October’s event and the American would ideally like a corresponding performance from the crowd.
“Obviously the fans (make it difficult),” Pavin told Reuters in an interview on Monday after playing nine holes of the Celtic Manor course that will host next year’s event.
“Eighty percent are going to be cheering for the home team and that’s tough.”
He added: “I think it’s OK to applaud after a proper pause, whatever that might be.
“It’s fine to have some applause to show your team’s just won a hole but you can’t be disrespectful to the U.S. players, and vice-versa.”
The slightly built American, U.S. Open champion in 1995, cut a quiet, understated figure in Monday’s match and that is a style crowds will get used to next year.
“I think I’m not going to be running around all over the place and patting players on the butt,” Pavin said after the light-hearted match pitting himself and Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel against rival skipper Colin Montgomerie and radio presenter Chris Evans had finished all-square in glorious weather.
“There might be a player who needs a word of encouragement here and there but all these guys are professionals, they know how to play and to compete and I expect them to come in here and be ready to go.
“They know how to deal with the pressure. I might say something here and there but for the most part I’ll be a quiet captain.”
Pavin was a playing member of the last U.S. team to win the Ryder Cup on European soil, back in 1993. He knows the quest to repeat that feat could prove to be frustrating on a personal level.
“As a player … I have control,” he said. “As a captain, I’m at the mercy of my players.”
October 13, 2009