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PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Reaction to Europe’s victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on Sunday:
“Let me put it this way, it’s going to go on a part that only Grace will see.” - European captain Thomas Bjorn, who promised to get a tattoo if his team won. His girlfriend is Grace Barber.
“This is the best team room I’ve ever been in. It was calm, determined, focused, fun.” - Bjorn.
“Thomas didn’t fill our week with pointless team meetings.” Justin Rose.
“This team was relentless in its pursuit of excellence.” Rose.
“He wasn’t a bad pick, was he?” Bjorn, who selected Sergio Garcia as a wildcard pick after the Spaniard failed to make the team automatically.
“You could see on Monday when we got together it wasn’t ending up any other way.” - Francesco Molinari on how the European team gelled from the start of the week.
“I’ve been carried by the other guys the other two times I was on the winning side. It was about time to help them. I’m glad I showed up prepared and did the job.” - Molinari after winning all five of his matches.
“Why don’t you ask Francesco how are 17 and 18 playing?” - a joking Garcia. Only one of Molinari’s matches made it to the 17th hole, and none as far as the 18th.
“We’ve all had this WhatsApp group going for awhile, which has sort of been just one big love-in,” - Rory McIlroy.
“We even managed to get Rory on WhatsApp.” Garcia, revealing his team mate was new to that means of communication.
“Thomas was a better captain, and their team out-played us. And there’s nothing else more you can say. They deserved to win.” - Losing captain Jim Furyk.
“We’re going to get second-guessed and we’re going to get questioned. I realise as a leader of this team and as a captain, the brunt of it is going to be on my plate and I accepted that when I took this role.” - Furyk.
“To have a Ryder Cup end that way, for me personally, it doesn’t feel very good because I didn’t help my team mates earn any points.” - Tiger Woods after losing all four of his matches.
“I’m motivated to play well these next two years to get back at Whistling Straits and to show what I can do in these events, because this week was not my best.” - Phil Mickelson, after losing both his matches, on his determination to make the 2020 U.S. team.
“Seve brought the passion but I have to say back in that era there was a little bit of hate.” - former European stalwart Nick Faldo, on how the sense of injustice felt by the late Seve Ballesteros towards American golf helped galvanise the European team in the 1980s and 1990s and pave the way for the success of recent years.
“This loss this week was not about a lack of chemistry. It was about a lack of accuracy on behalf of the United States.” - Analyst Brandel Chamblee, blaming the American defeat on inaccurate driving.
Compiled by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, Editing by Ed Osmond