Q. Curtis, the Europeans have four rookies that were unbeaten. You won two matches today both from rookies, is kind of the rookie jinx or whatever, is that kind of a myth now?
CURTIS STRANGE: I don't know of any rookie jinx, I've never been a believer in a so-called rookie on the Ryder Cup team is a true rookie. He's a world-class player, qualified for the team. I never have. I felt that when it was my first team. Let's go play. You need to qualify for the team, you've won tournaments, you've won enough points for the team. I think a lot of it has to do with such -- David Toms can speak, and Stewart, and Scott Verplank on what they felt this week and how exciting it was for them and what they felt. I can't explain that. But I think they were so fired up it's kind of neat to see. You talk to him.
DAVID TOMS: As far as one of the rookies might have done well? To me, first of all, like Curtis said, I don't feel like a rookie. I've gotten really close to everybody on the team this week. You don't feel like an outsider all of a sudden on their team. You feel like one, all 12 guys together. And then when you're paired in the first part of the week with somebody that has experience, like I was with Phil Mickelson, he kept me in there, even when I felt like I was maybe losing a little bit, he kept me in there and just kept pumping me up, and that carries over to the singles matches, that, hey, I've done this, I've done it all week, and I feel comfortable, and just go out and play your game.
Q. This question is for Scott Hoch. I wanted some comment with your match about Montgomerie, and what's it like playing with somebody that's playing that well.
SCOTT HOCH: I hear how well I'm playing, but you'd never know it from the record, would you? I played decent today. I hit a lot of good shots, didn't capitalize on all of them. And when I did miss a shot I had trouble getting up-and-down. But that wasn't the story. He was the story. I played against him three matches this week, and I don't think I've ever seen anybody putt as well as he has for three straight -- I'm sure he did it for all five matches, but for three matches I saw him play, that's as good as I've really seen anybody play, and especially putt. And my hat's off to him. I you told him when we got done, I said, I don't want any part of him over here, but come on back to the States and we might play another match (laughter.) But he's tough. He's got my number. But I was actually happy when it came up that I was going to play him first. And what we saw we were going to do. Most of the time I feel I'm a pretty good match player. And he kind of got me at the Valderrama, we had some unfinished business. But thanks to him I came out with a halve there. And he dusted me off and my partners off this week. So I was ready for him, I thought. And it looks like he was more ready for me than I was for him (laughter.) I think he was like 7-under for 14 holes.
Q. This is for Phil and Hal. Could you talk about how the golf course set up impacted the final result this week?
PHIL MICKELSON: How it impacted what?
Q. How it impacted the final outcome.
PHIL MICKELSON: I thought that because everybody had to play the course, that it wouldn't have an effect either way, and I still feel that. I felt it was a very fair test. The greens were in great shape. Actually they were in great shape for two days. They were really difficult to putt on in the later matches today after there had been a bunch of people walking on them. The poa annua gets a little bumpier, all the matches at the end were tough to putt. The fairways were immaculate. The rough was fair, and you could oftentimes get it out of there. I thought it was a set-up that -- in a major championship or regular TOUR event it might favor some style of play, but in this format of match play I don't think that it makes a difference because everybody has to play it in a head-to-head competition format, and I didn't think it made a difference.
HAL SUTTON: Every golf course favors a certain style of player, and this week it was imperative that you stay out of the rough and you hit your putts hard (laughter.) That is all I can say.
GORDON SIMPSON: Gentlemen, you've contributed greatly to an exciting week and we'll look forward to Oakland Hills in two years time. Thanks for being here this week.
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