September 25, 2002
SUTTON COLDFIELD, ENGLAND
GORDON SIMPSON: Last, but by no means least, No. 12 of the 12
European players, Niclas Fasth. The week is nearly over, Niclas, how has
this week gone for you so far?
NICLAS FASTH: Really good. I played very good out there today. And
we had a good time. We have been having a good time all week. And as
things have drawn closer, the team has sort of come together more and more
the last month or so.
GORDON SIMPSON: Can you sense the feeling of excitement now
that you see so many crowds out for the practice day?
NICLAS FASTH: Yeah, it was always going to be something out of the
ordinary, and certainly it is. And this sport you're getting is fantastic. It will be
great once the matches start to have the crowds on your side.
GORDON SIMPSON: You're coming into this in good form after the
round on Sunday.
NICLAS FASTH: Yes, I've been playing steady all year. I had a good
week last week, and it will raise the confidence a bit.
Q. What kind of advice have you gotten from any of the veteran
players about being a rookie in the Ryder Cup?
NICLAS FASTH: Well, you get some small advice here and there, but it's
really difficult to tell anybody else how it is out there. And they all pretty much
know that. So -- but the best advice you're getting, and you'll ever get is just to
be yourself, go out and play, and that will be good enough in one way or
another. That's easy. I don't know magic, secrets or anything about it. In the
end it's still golf, you still go out and play. And match play is somewhat
different. But you can do nothing special but go out and play your game. And
it will certainly be a lot more intense and hopefully or even very likely they will
get the best out of you.
Q. Padraig said he felt his first Ryder Cup three years ago, was
probably going to be easier because there are more expectations on him
now. Do you feel any expectations on you at the moment, or are you pretty
NICLAS FASTH: I'm pretty relaxed, but I'm sure there are expectations.
That's always going to be the case on a team event; that's one of the
differences. When you're only playing for yourself -- to be fair, we're all
hardest on ourselves, nobody else is going to expect more of you than you
are, yourself. And that's going to be true this time, as well. But if you're only
playing for yourself, it's more fair because -- nobody else really has a say. But
the expectations will be big on the team and there will be expectations of me,
Q. Do you feel that the year's delay in the event, has worked for your
benefit? Do you feel you're a better player now than you would have been 12
NICLAS FASTH: Yeah, I've developed a lot as a player for this year. And
it's been so much steadier. If anything, I haven't won an event yet this year,
and which has been disappointing, since I've played well. But still I've
developed as a player, and it's obviously good for the confidence. The last
period I've even gotten the putting going, which is great. And that was sort of
the missing part. I feel really good about my game right now and I'm certainly
more confident than a year ago, yeah.
Q. Do you suffer from nerves and if so, how do you cope with that?
NICLAS FASTH: I don't. But you can certainly feel tension. And there are
ways to handle that, to control your tension. It's classic, easy techniques, that
will be used in a lot of sports or even other places. But to have the means of
self control will be very valuable this week, I'm sure.
Q. Do you have the breathing techniques you do?
NICLAS FASTH: Yeah, and others.
Q. Can you elaborate a little on some of the others?
NICLAS FASTH: You clench your first and you let it go, and you will
contrast, and you can use that contrast to feel relaxed in your whole body.
One very, very common technique, along with different breathing techniques.
It's just very basic stuff.
GORDON SIMPSON: Enjoy the experience. Thank you very much.
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