THOMAS BJORN: You know, one thing that was very important for me today was to see four guys go out there and produce exactly what we needed; Monty, Bernhard, Padraig and Darren just went out there and did exactly what we talked about last night, get blue numbers up there. And as good as a team is, you need experience and you need strength to go out and produce the goods, and that's what these guys did. And that's -- they were heroes before they came in here, but they were certainly fantastic today. They were magnificent in the way they led from the top. And I think that was the key to everybody else out there, to just play their game, because we knew we were going to get some points up early and then we had a chance of winning this.
We talked a lot about the rookies here tonight. Heroes are made in the Ryder Cup. Paul McGinley, Phillip Price, big heroes today. For Phillip to go out and beat the world's No. 2 and do it in style was just magnificent. And to hole a putt like Paul did on the last, it's just outstanding. He's been great all week. He got in yesterday and got a little bit more experience yesterday when Sam felt like it was time to rest me, when I was hitting it left, right and all over the place. But I think the key to today was really our top guys that went out this morning and just put the blue numbers up there. They were magnificent. And Monty was, as he always is, fantastic this week. And thank God he doesn't hole that many putts every week (laughter.)
GORDON SIMPSON: Sam, I think you also have something else to say?
SAM TORRANCE: The team has been great. I'd like to say that Curtis is a great friend of mine, and they were immensely gracious in defeat. And hopefully we can be just as gracious in victory. Thank you.
Q. I'm from Norway, and I have to say that this victory has to be more uniting for Europe than the Euro ever will be. And I really must say I congratulate Europe. Since we are not a star on the flag, I have to also say this is not a part of Norway's victory. But still, General Torrance, you led the field today with Field Marshal Montgomerie. This also has to be a red week for Scottish golf.
SAM TORRANCE: It's a great week for European golf. We're a European team. Obviously Colin led us off this morning, and he was magnificent, as he always is, but we're all European here.
Q. My question is for Colin. My question for you, is could you compare, contrast your experiences in '99 to here. For those of us in America it appears that you really took this on as a mission, you had a great Cup. Would you comment about that whole scenario?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Regarding '99 and the differences?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: '99, yeah, it feels a little better, actually, this. (Laughter.) Funny, but it does. It's lovely to have that support. And it's also good that as my wife said to me, it's important that the American team realize actually how popular I am here in Britain. (Laughter.) I think that sums up your question.
SAM TORRANCE: "We love you Monty, oh, yes, we do." (Singing.)
Q. Phillip, you had to wait around quite a long time for your match, and you were also up against Phil Mickelson.
PHILLIP PRICE: I played with him yesterday. I played -- I felt like a played well for 12 holes, and I didn't think he was comfortable. I played particularly well -- I felt like I played really well in practice. I needed to stop. I needed to -- I was just going to be as tough as I could be today and things went for me, I putted well. The guys said, "You have nothing to lose." Just as we were going into the match -- it didn't turn out this way, but I had a sense that -- while -- my putt was so important, and I was clinging on really hard. And to make the putt on 16 was -- well, I didn't think I had it in me, but it was awfully nice to find out that I did. And I think for me to make a contribution to the team, as I said earlier, that maybe the press had said that I was out of form, which was pretty true. It was making me feel like probably I would be better off not playing, but I wanted to be a member of the Ryder Cup years ago, and however I was going to play, I was going to be here, giving it my best. And to be able to win a putt in the singles when it mattered meant more to me that anything you can imagine. I feel like I made a contribution when it was possible that I wouldn't before the week came along. So I'm pretty proud of myself.
Q. This question actually is to a couple of players, Jesper and Colin. Can you talk a little bit about if today felt a bit of a reverse from Brookline, in terms of the way the momentum went early. Obviously Brookline there were a lot of red numbers up early on the board. And what effect that had.
JESPER PARNEVIK: Like I said earlier, Saturday night at Brookline, when the draw came up me and Monty looked at each other, exactly at the same time, and we looked into each other's eyes and said, where are we going to get the points tomorrow? But it was like 180 degrees opposite this time around. We felt very good about the draw. We could not have picked a draw that was better for us than we got today. And Sam is probably a lot smarter than he looks. That was an unbelievable draw. Everybody on the team was unbelievably happy when they saw the draw.
Q. Could I ask Sergio to sum up the spirit of this Ryder Cup in terms of rapport with the crowds, rapport with your fellow competitors from the other team. Talk about the spirit of this Ryder Cup and the rapport with the fans out on the course and the U.S. opponents, as well.
SERGIO GARCIA: It was unbelievable. I don't think I got as excited as I did in '99 because it was my first one and I like to keep some energy for today and hopefully win an important point for Europe. But the atmosphere was absolutely incredible out there. And the cheers you were getting when you were getting to the greens and to the tees, it was amazing. It was like if you made the putt before you hit it or hit a great drive before you even hit it. It was an unbelievable experience for me. And I'm so pleased to be here. I'll probably have to thank Sam for picking me two years ago and last year, he's the guy who was responsible for me being here. I can't remember who I played with. (Laughter.) No, but Lee was great this week. To come through after what he's been going through and play --.
LEE WESTWOOD: Playing with you is twice as bad as what I've been going through. I can tell you that. (Laughter.)
SAM TORRANCE: At least twice as rewarding.
SERGIO GARCIA: Every time I was out on the hole, he was there. And that shows a lot from a guy like Lee. And it makes you relax a lot.
Q. Lee, the friendship and yet respect you've got with your American teammates.
LEE WESTWOOD: I think the captains summed it up in the speeches. The crowds this week were incredible, they didn't cheer when they missed a putt. This is by far the nicest Ryder Cup that I've played in. Myself and Scott today were laughing and joking with each other and in the previous rounds with Davis and Tiger and Sergio and myself were laughing and joking, until the last couple of holes.
GORDON SIMPSON: Bernhard would like to say something before we wind up.
BERNHARD LANGER: Before we do, I'd like to propose two toasts. The first one is to all of you and the huge support you give us over the years, and you're a great part of making the Ryder Cup to what it is. I'd like for the team to stand up and have a toast to the press. (Applause.)
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: You were our 14th man.
BERNHARD LANGER: And the second, but certainly not the last toast is to our wonderful captain, Sam Torrance. (Applause.)
SAM TORRANCE: Actually he took the words out of the my mouth. I'd like to thank you guys, you've treated us magnificently this week. There's been no controversy to talk about, but still you didn't look for it. Thanks very much.
GORDON SIMPSON: Thank you, everyone, and we look forward to Oakland Hills in two years time.
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