Love seeks birdie fest
US skipper believes Medinah will play into hands of his team
Last Updated: 20/09/12 10:21am
Davis Love III: Convinced his big-hitting side will enjoy the set-up of Medinah
American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has revealed that Medinah will be set up very much to his players' liking with birdies at the forefront of his thinking.
With the biennial match now just over a week away, Love has been keeping a close eye on preparations at the Chicago lay-out and has ordered tournament organisers to keep the greens fast and the rough short.
The American skipper is convinced those conditions will suit his big-hitting, attacking team and also help to get the raucous home crowd involved.
'It's going to look like a major championship because Medinah is a big old golf course, with big trees and obviously big tents,'' said Love. ''It's going to look like a major, but it's going to play probably easier than a major.
"You don't want to see players chipping out and putting for par at the Ryder Cup. You want to see birdies, you want to see excitement. "
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"That benefits our team. We're a long-hitting, freewheeling, fun-to-watch team. And I think it's going to be fun to watch. We've set it up the way we think fans will like it.
''People probably don't believe that, but we set it up so that it's fun to watch. You don't want to see players chipping out and putting for par at the Ryder Cup. You want to see birdies, you want to see excitement. TV is going to like it. We had four players up there in the last week, and they loved it.'
The 48-year-old also revealed he intends to try and manage his players' workload very carefully.
Love claimed that he will look to ensure every member of his team is rested at some point during the three-day event.
''What we normally do is play once a day,'' he added. ''With the intensity and pressure of the Ryder Cup, you go in for your first one begging for five (matches), and you go into your third or fourth one begging for four or three.
"What I'm seeing from a lot of our guys is, 'Play me in the right situations. Let me go out and rest and support the team at least once.''