SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES – With Europe and the United States set to tee off in the 42nd edition of the Ryder Cup on Friday, AFP Sport picks out some of the best quotes from Le Golf National:
"It's going to be fun. It's going to be an awesome environment. There's a lot of nerves. It's excitement."
-- Tiger Woods is looking forward to making his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2012
"When I first saw that on the first tee, I looked up and felt like I kept looking up and up and up. It's going to be an unbelievable atmosphere."
-- Patrick Reed marvels at the imposing 6,900-capacity grandstand surrounding the first tee
"You're not going to go win it in the first session, but you need to put yourself in a position where you're not kind of behind the 8-ball and trying to play catch-up the rest of the way.
-- Rickie Fowler says the US cannot afford a slow start in Friday's opening fourballs
"I'm on my own, so there's been a few jokes about that. The guys said it's a tradition. Obviously I had to jump in there and take that beautiful picture. So I was a pretty happy man for a few minutes.
-- As the only player without a date, Thorbjorn Olesen instead posed for a photo with all the European team's spouses and partners at a gala dinner at the Palace of Versailles
"Thank goodness we're playing match play around this golf course this week. Wouldn't want to play stroke play around here."
-- Paul Casey underlines the unforgiving nature of the Albatros course, where accuracy and composure will be key
"I don't know what the strangest thing was, but I definitely had to go into the clubhouse to get coffees a few times, and more than a few times. And it was really, really difficult to get from the course into the clubhouse, especially in a European cart."
-- Thorbjorn Olesen, on serving as then vice-captain Thomas Bjorn's buggy driver at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine
"If there's anyone with other information I'll meet you behind the media centre later on and we'll iron these things out."
-- Henrik Stenson jokingly vows to settle any doubts as to whether the Swede's putt indeed clinched a European win at K Club in 2006
"It's still one of the coolest moments for our American team to look back and reflect on that win, the comeback, and it being at Medinah, it was a special thing for us Americans."
-- US rookie Tony Finau confuses the 1999 fightback at Brookline with Europe's 'Miracle of Medinah' in 2012
Agence France-Presse (AFP)