Share this article

print logo


It took the Americans four years and the greatest comeback ever to win back the Ryder Cup, and they aren't about to let Europe spoil the thrill.

"We didn't cry when we lost two years in a row," Davis Love III said Wednesday.

David Duval said Mark James was nothing more than a "sore loser" if the European captain's suggestion of a Ryder Cup boycott in America was aimed at the U.S. team instead of the boorish behavior by the Boston gallery.

"I can understand a little bit of it, especially the reaction of what they viewed as some very poor fans, which I would agree with," Duval said on ESPN's "Up Close."

"But to direct some of the remarks they have toward the players, I think it is inexcusable," Duval said. "And I think it is a case of sore losers."

Love accused Europe of purposely playing slowly to rattle the Americans. He also said excessive partisanship that marked the matches last week at The Country Club was no different from what Love heard at Ryder Cups played on the other side of the Atlantic.

At The Belfry in 1993, Love said fans poked umbrellas through the ropes trying to trip people going from tee to green.

"And how long have they been calling our wives 'flight attendants' and 'bimbos'? They act like we're the only ones who do it," he said.

At the heart of Europe's bitter complaints is a fan who spit on James' wife. Others heckled Colin Montgomerie with such profanity that the Scotsman's father, a former secretary of Royal Troon, left the course after seven holes.

Also on Wednesday, Jerry Higginbotham, the American caddie for European Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia said he was attacked in a hotel bar after the tournament and had to go to a hospital with a head wound.

The Americans trailed 10-6 after two days, but won 8 1/2 points from the 12 singles matches Sunday to complete the greatest comeback in 72 years of the Ryder Cup.

"The European team is on the losing side of a historic comeback," Duval said. "That is probably not the most comfortable thing to be a part of."

"If it had been even the whole way and one of us eked it out at the end, then maybe they wouldn't be feeling so bad," Love said. "But they just got pounded into the ground on Sunday, and they're embarrassed by it -- as we were at Oak Hill."

The U.S. team led 9-7 at Oak Hill in 1995, but were outscored 7 1/2 -4 1/2 in singles and lost the cup. Europe celebrated on the 18th green, but only after the hole was over.

Love took issue with slow play by Europe.

In the match ahead of Leonard, Padraig Harrington walked from the fairway to the green to step off his shot and get a look at the pin position.

"You never heard Mark O'Meara complain that Padraig took 10 minutes to hit his second shot on 17," Love said. "I'll bet you $1 million that their strategy was to play slow, because they knew it would frustrate us. They played as slow as they possibly could all week and we never complained about it."

There are no comments - be the first to comment