Thursday, July 30, 2009
Corey Pavin just finished his 6 under 66, highlighted by a string of birdies on the back nine. And after he talked about his first round at the Buick Open, the conversation turned to the Ryder Cup.
Pavin, captain of the next U.S. Ryder Cup team, is preparing for the 2010 matches, which are set for Oct. 1-3 at Celtic Manor Golf Club in Newport, Wales. When one reporter in the interview room asked him if he was enjoying the preparation, it was pretty obvious that "enjoying" the experience probably wasn't the right word to use.
He called it his job. He said he just wanted to do things that reflected positively on his team. And he said it wasn't something he usually did.
And when asked what he was focusing on in the near future, he talked about gifts for the players, hotel room measurements in Wales and room decorations. Pavin said he wanted to complete those logistical questions this year, so he could focus on his team next year.
I have mixed feelings. I was excited when Paul Azinger, winning Ryder Cup captain in 2008, led his team to victory over the Europeans. On the final day of the tournament, I was on my way to play golf at the Homestead in Virginia. I pulled over at a roadside motel to watch the final showdown that had the rookies tally a 4-1-1 record on Sunday. Azinger was excited, too.
But here, Pavin was reserved and almost nonchalant about the next Ryder Cup. OK, maybe he's concentrating on the Buick Open. I mean, he is in contention - just three behind the leader. Or maybe he's just playing things close to the vest.
I hope that's the case because I want another exciting victory for the U.S.
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