Q. Can you talk about Mickelson and Toms, how they've done together. Were you expecting them to be, if not your best team, certainly as good as anybody you put out this week. And they're also the only team you put out together all four times?
CURTIS STRANGE: I expected them to be my best team from the get-go. And there was no hesitation ever before I got on the airplane to go to Ireland about them not going out all four rounds. Personalities mesh well, games. I'll leave here this week -- I've never played a lot with David, only a couple of times, so you never really know how somebody plays until you play with them. After watching him now for about five days, there's no question in my mind why he is where he is in the world of golf. And Phil Mickelson is Phil Mickelson, so I knew that was going to be a good team.
Q. Am I allowed one more about the singles order?
CURTIS STRANGE: Sure.
Q. Are you aware what happened in the Solheim Cup only a week ago to Europe, that they led with a day to go. They had one player with a hundred percent record and put her out last. And she ended up being in a dead rubber?
CURTIS STRANGE: No, I'm not.
Q. Are you slightly aware -- are you keeping your fingers crossed that the same doesn't happen to you tomorrow?
CURTIS STRANGE: Say what you said again. You lost me there.
Q. In other words, Europe's best player in the Solheim Cup last week was put out last in the singles. And it didn't matter, the match?
CURTIS STRANGE: That's what I was talking about earlier is -- I don't think like that. As a captain I can't allow my team or me to think like that. Sure there's always the possibility. There's endless possibilities. There's endless possibilities and hunches, but you do what you think is right, in front of, hey, this wasn't all me, this is with 12 opinions, here, 13 opinions, counting me. And I just want to do two things. I want to do what's right, and I also want to do where everybody is comfortable in the scheme of things, first through 12. But you're right, it could happen.
Q. From an Irish point of view, we have a great interest in the Calc and Harrington match. Could you talk about the qualities of both players from what you know of Calc and what you've seen of Harrington?
CURTIS STRANGE: Padraig has certainly become a world-class player in the last year and a half, two years. Calc is going to have to drive it in the fairway. Calc is going to have to make some birdies, because I don't think Harrington is going to put it out of play. I think he's going to put it on a lot of greens and make birdies. Calc knows he has a job ahead of him.
Q. I don't want to bring up '95, but the last time we were in a similar position was '95 and obviously you know what it was like in the team room the night before. You know what it was like during the day. And you know what it was like that night. How much did that affect how you, putting these pairings together, because you thought when you put these pairings together, you had said if you were even or maybe a little up, this is what you were going to do. How much will you impart of that experience tonight to your players?
CURTIS STRANGE: I have no idea how the pairings were in '95, I don't remember. I don't remember that. And all I can tell them is be ready. My experience in '95 is like any other experience of losing: You win some, you lose some. But my words to them tonight is, which are going to be very, very, very few -- because they're all tired -- is hey, guys, you have to be ready. And they know that. They know that. But hearing it again hopefully they'll think about it again. But this is no given. Why is it that we think we're so good in singles? They're damn good, too. So that's my word to them.
Q. When you filled out your singles line-up card, did you do it with the idea that Sam was going to put his power first?
CURTIS STRANGE: We try to guess, yeah. We thought that -- actually we thought that Sam would do -- put a lot of strength up front to get the people involved and get some blue on the board. But we certainly thought he would hold back and put -- we actually guessed that Monty would go last. And we thought Garcia might go 11, just guessing. It could be any number of their four or five top players. But we were guessing Monty would go last or second to the last and Garcia would go around there, too, thinking that if they could keep it -- if it was close, you'd have to have somebody at the end, like I have Tiger. But what they have done is -- not the opposite, but put all their strength up front, trying to get the people right into it and hopefully all that momentum, if they would somehow win the first five matches or so, momentum as we know is incredible in the Ryder Cup matches, enthusiasm, and maybe carry over to the rest of the guys.
Q. Now that you've seen the pairings, do you like them?
CURTIS STRANGE: You know, I'm not sure what to think. I've never seen somebody front-load like this. So I don't know how -- I don't know what to think. I know exactly what Sam has tried to do. I know what we try to do. We'll have to wait and see. Ask me tomorrow at about 1:00 when these four or five get through eight or nine holes. I'm confident, obviously. But you just never know.
Q. Do you think today with all the mood swings, the great golf and the crowd, this is why we're all here?
CURTIS STRANGE: Absolutely. I don't want to get corny on you, but it's exactly right. I can't imagine the television audience back in America today with these golf shots. I just got a nice fax from Judy Rankin, she was on the edge of her seat all day long. And again, I don't see a lot, so I don't know -- it's easier to watch on television. And I'm sure all the fans throughout Europe are thinking the same thing. So I would like to watch it. And we also like to watch it because it's great golf and it's close. You're seeing -- I have to tell you, I'm so proud of all 24 guys. They all get along so well. We've heard that before, but there have been -- they have been nothing but complete gentlemen. The fans have been nothing short of fantastic. And it's been a great, great week.
Q. Tiger seems to be a man who always learns by watching. I'm wondering what would you like to have him learn from watching and hanging out with you this week?
CURTIS STRANGE: You have to ask him. I can't speculate on that kind of stuff. I tried to do the job that I thought was best. And because you're dealing with 12 world-class players, golfers, and they don't need a whole lot of motivation. They don't need a whole lot of speeches. They don't need a whole lot of me. But direction -- I think, as I said earlier in the week, everybody -- every team needs direction. Every team needs somebody who is in charge, and that's all I can tell you. I can't -- you ask me a question that's tough for me to answer. You'd have to ask those 12 guys back there in the room. They seem to have gotten along with me. They might be talking about me behind my back, you know. But it's been wonderful. I doubt that. It's been wonderful, the whole thing. And again you'd have to ask them.
Q. You've had a goal of making Tiger maybe more a part of the team than he's ever been?
CURTIS STRANGE: I disagree, completely.
Q. That's what I'm asking.
CURTIS STRANGE: No, he's been part of the team. I haven't been part of his teams, but I have never heard one negative word uttered about Tiger Woods being part of the team. And he goes about his business. As I said earlier this week, he's a quiet leader. He sits back and let's the veterans on the team speak. And this is the way, when I was brought up, it should have been done. The veterans do the talking, the rookies -- not rookies, but younger guys don't. And then they move into that leadership role. But that's the way he's been, and people -- it's been wonderful, it really has. When you have guys, leaders on the team like Azinger or Sutton, he still has plenty to learn from them. Just because he plays so very well doesn't mean he can't learn from somebody who has been around for years.
Q. Speaking of Veterans, your thinking in sending Scott Hoch out first?
CURTIS STRANGE: He likes to play fast. He played well. We had to put a couple of guys -- I want to put two or three good players -- not two or three, they're all good players -- but he had played so well all day today, especially this afternoon, get him out there, get him going.
GORDON SIMPSON: Thank you very much. Good luck tomorrow.
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