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Daly: Ryder Cup team should relax
30 Jul 2015 09:09
Two-time major winner John Daly believes American Ryder Cup teams need to have more fun to end their terrible recent record in the event.
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Europe's victory at Gleneagles last year was their eighth in the last ten contests and prompted Phil Mickelson to openly criticise captain Tom Watson, who was sat just a few feet away, in the team press conference after the five-point defeat.
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Daly, who never qualified for the Ryder Cup, or received a wild card, despite winning the 1991 US PGA Championship and 1995 Open at St Andrews, admits he is equally unlikely to be asked to captain the side.
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But speaking ahead of his first-round match in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Aberdeen, the 49-year-old "Wild Thing" revealed how he would approach the role which will be filled for a second time by Davis Love at Hazeltine next year.
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"Hopefully I would one day be a captain, it would be fun," said tournament invite Daly, who is up against Spain's Jorge Campillo at Murcar Links on Thursday.
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"I don't know if I fit the mould. I don't know if I fit what the PGA of America would want.
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"All I know is my team, if I was a captain, we'd have a blast. I'd make sure they had a blast. You don't want to wear a tie, don't wear a tie. Have fun. It's supposed to be fun.
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"I think we just get wrapped up in it. I think when you're favoured to win so many years like the Americans have been, I think we get uptight. Even the matches that we are getting killed in, we are favoured in.
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"I think we put too much pressure on ourselves. Just go out and play golf. It's great to play for your country, but it's still a gentleman's game at the end.
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"I don't know all the facts and everything that goes on behind the doors when the captain is talking and everything, but I sense it (and) it's my opinion that the European guys get along better. When I see it on TV, it just looks like our guys are not having a good time."
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Daly's career has been littered with controversial incidents, including walking off the course during the first round of the 2011 Australian Open after hitting all of his balls into the water.
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"I'm one of those guys you don't know what the hell I'm going to do," he added. "I'm either going to p*** you off or make you happy. But that's me. I can't deny it and that's just the way I've always been."
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