AMERICAN RYDER CUP captain Davis Love III has urged course curators to cater Medinah for his side’s big hitters.
The Chicago lay-out will be trimmed for fast greens and short rough to ensure the biennial match-up with the European team allows for low scoring. Love is convinced the desired conditions will suit his attacking team and bring the partisan American crowd into play.
“It’s going to look like a major championship because Medinah is a big old golf course, with big trees and obviously big tents,” Love said. ”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.
“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.”
Love intends to manage all of his players’ workloads carefully to give them a chance to rest at some stage during the three-day event, which starts next week.
“What we normally do is play once a day,” he said. ”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’.”