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Europe's team members Martin Kaymer, left, Graeme McDowell, second right, Luke Donald, right, and McIlroy's caddy John-Paul Fitzgerald, at rear, wear curly wigs similar to Rory McIlroy's hair, second left front, as a lighthearted joke during a practice round at the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales

Europe's team members Martin Kaymer, left, Graeme McDowell, second right, Luke Donald, right, and McIlroy's caddy John-Paul Fitzgerald, at rear, wear curly wigs similar to Rory McIlroy's hair, second left front, as a lighthearted joke during a practice round at the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales

Jon Super

Europe's Rory McIlroy wearing a curly wig hits a tee shot during a practice round at the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Europe's Rory McIlroy wearing a curly wig hits a tee shot during a practice round at the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

Jon Super

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie (left) and Rory McIlory pose for a picture with the Ryder Cup during a photocall at Celtic Manor, Newport

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie (left) and Rory McIlory pose for a picture with the Ryder Cup during a photocall at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

USA's Tiger Woods during practice at Celtic Manor, Newport

USA's Tiger Woods during practice at Celtic Manor, Newport

Lynne Cameron

USA's Jim Furyk during practice at Celtic Manor, Newport

USA's Jim Furyk during practice at Celtic Manor, Newport

Lynne Cameron

Gareth Edwards celebrates his putt on the 18th green at the end of a celebrity match at Celtic Manor, Newport

Gareth Edwards celebrates his putt on the 18th green at the end of a celebrity match at Celtic Manor, Newport

David Davies

Europe Team Captain Colin Montgomerie poses with Padraig Harrington (R) and  the trophy during the European Team Photocall prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Europe Team Captain Colin Montgomerie poses with Padraig Harrington (R) and the trophy during the European Team Photocall prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Darren Clarke poses with his partner Alison Campbell prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Darren Clarke poses with his partner Alison Campbell prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Undated handout photo of two of the birds that have been trained to fly mini banners in support for Team Europe over the Celtic Manor course

Undated handout photo of two of the birds that have been trained to fly mini banners in support for Team Europe over the Celtic Manor course

Ken Lennox

Undated handout photo of one of the birds that have been trained to fly mini banners in support for Team Europe over the Celtic Manor course

Undated handout photo of one of the birds that have been trained to fly mini banners in support for Team Europe over the Celtic Manor course

Ken Lennox

Soldiers bring the Ryder Cup on stage at the Welcome to Wales concert at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff ahead of the Ryder Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 29, 2010. The long-anticipated golf event tees off on Friday

Soldiers bring the Ryder Cup on stage at the Welcome to Wales concert at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff ahead of the Ryder Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 29, 2010. The long-anticipated golf event tees off on Friday

Ben Birchall

Actress Catherine Zeta Jones arrives on stage at the Welcome to Wales concert at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff ahead of the Ryder Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 29, 2010. The long-anticipated golf event tees off on Friday

Actress Catherine Zeta Jones arrives on stage at the Welcome to Wales concert at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff ahead of the Ryder Cup. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 29, 2010. The long-anticipated golf event tees off on Friday

Ben Birchall

The Prince of Wales greets the wives and girlfriends of the American Ryder Cup team at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

The Prince of Wales greets the wives and girlfriends of the American Ryder Cup team at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

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The Prince of Wales poses for a group photograph with the European and American Ryder Cup teams, accompanied by their wives and girlfriends at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

The Prince of Wales poses for a group photograph with the European and American Ryder Cup teams, accompanied by their wives and girlfriends at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

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The Prince of Wales greets the wives and girlfriends of the American Ryder Cup team at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

The Prince of Wales greets the wives and girlfriends of the American Ryder Cup team at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

Heathcliff O'Malley/Daily Telegr

The wives and girlfriends of the American Ryder Cup teams at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

The wives and girlfriends of the American Ryder Cup teams at the Welcome to Wales 2010 Ryder Cup dinner at Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, south Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

Heathcliff O'Malley/Daily Telegr

The Prince of Wales (centre) poses for pictures after meeting Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie (right) and US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (left) during a visit to Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

The Prince of Wales (centre) poses for pictures after meeting Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie (right) and US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (left) during a visit to Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, ahead of the Ryder Cup

Adrian Dennis

A flock of eagles and hawks have been trained to fly mini banners of support for Team Europe over the Celtic Manor (Newport) course

A flock of eagles and hawks have been trained to fly mini banners of support for Team Europe over the Celtic Manor (Newport) course

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CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 29:  The wives and partners of the United States Ryder Cup team L-R: Melissa Lehman (Tom Lehman), Amy Mickelson (Phil Mickelson), Tabitha Furyk (Jim Furyk), Robin Love (Davis Love III), Kandi Mahan (Hunter Mahan), Sybil Kuchar (Matt Kuchar), Christina Zimmer (Jeff Overton), Lisa Cink (Stewart Cink), Lisa Pavin (Corey Pavin), Kim Johnson (Zach Johnson), Alexandra Browne (Rickie Fowler), Angie Watson (Bubba Watson), Amanda Caulder (Dustin Johnson), Michelle Mell (Paul Goydos)  pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 29: The wives and partners of the United States Ryder Cup team L-R: Melissa Lehman (Tom Lehman), Amy Mickelson (Phil Mickelson), Tabitha Furyk (Jim Furyk), Robin Love (Davis Love III), Kandi Mahan (Hunter Mahan), Sybil Kuchar (Matt Kuchar), Christina Zimmer (Jeff Overton), Lisa Cink (Stewart Cink), Lisa Pavin (Corey Pavin), Kim Johnson (Zach Johnson), Alexandra Browne (Rickie Fowler), Angie Watson (Bubba Watson), Amanda Caulder (Dustin Johnson), Michelle Mell (Paul Goydos) pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Andrew Redington

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales shakes hands with Phil Mickelson of the United States Ryder Cup team during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales shakes hands with Phil Mickelson of the United States Ryder Cup team during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Andrew Redington

The European Ryder Cup Team pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

The European Ryder Cup Team pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

David Cannon

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales talks to some of the wives and partners of the European Team during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales talks to some of the wives and partners of the European Team during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Andrew Redington

The wives and partners of the United States Ryder Cup team pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

The wives and partners of the United States Ryder Cup team pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

Andrew Redington

The European and United States Ryder Cup teams and their wives and partners pose for an official photograph with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales before the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

The European and United States Ryder Cup teams and their wives and partners pose for an official photograph with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales before the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

David Cannon

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team pose for a photograph during the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 29, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Thomas Bjorn poses with his wife Pernilla prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Thomas Bjorn poses with his wife Pernilla prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Paul McGinley poses with his wife Alison prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team vice-captain Paul McGinley poses with his wife Alison prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Ross Fisher of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Jo prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Fisher of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Jo prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Ian Poulter of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Katie prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ian Poulter of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Katie prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Edoardo Molinari (left-center) of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Anna Roscio alongside his brother Francesco Molinari and his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Edoardo Molinari (left-center) of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Anna Roscio alongside his brother Francesco Molinari and his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Francesco Molinari of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Francesco Molinari of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Valentina prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Rory McIlroy of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Holly Sweeney prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Holly Sweeney prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Peter Hanson of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Sanna prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Peter Hanson of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Sanna prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Edoardo Molinari of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Anna Roscio prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Edoardo Molinari of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his partner Anna Roscio prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Vice Captain Sergio Garcia, (C) poses with the wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Vice Captain Sergio Garcia, (C) poses with the wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Lee Westwood of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Laurae prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Lee Westwood of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Laurae prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Luke Donald of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Diane prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Luke Donald of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Diane prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

European Ryder Cup team captain Colin Montgomerie poses with his wige Gaynor prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

European Ryder Cup team captain Colin Montgomerie poses with his wige Gaynor prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Luke Donald of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Diane and their daughter Elle prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Luke Donald of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Diane and their daughter Elle prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Martin Kaymer of the European Ryder Cup team poses with partner Allison Micheletti prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Rory McIlroy (L) and Graeme McDowell of the European Ryder Cup team pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy (L) and Graeme McDowell of the European Ryder Cup team pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Miguel Angel Jimenez of the European Ryder Cup poses with partner Marian Jimenez prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Miguel Angel Jimenez of the European Ryder Cup poses with partner Marian Jimenez prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Rory McIlroy of Europe tees off as he wears a wig during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy of Europe tees off as he wears a wig during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales practices putting during an official visit prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales practices putting during an official visit prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andrew Redington

(L-R) Sam Torrance, Sir Ian Botham, Ian Woosnam and Gareth Edwards pose during a Past Captains round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

(L-R) Sam Torrance, Sir Ian Botham, Ian Woosnam and Gareth Edwards pose during a Past Captains round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

(L-R) Vice Captain Jeff Sluman, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler of the USA walk to a green during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

(L-R) Vice Captain Jeff Sluman, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler of the USA walk to a green during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Jamie Squire

Rory McIlroy of Europe smiles as his team mates wear wigs during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy of Europe smiles as his team mates wear wigs during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Rory McIlroy of Europe smiles as he wears a wig during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy of Europe smiles as he wears a wig during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Rory McIlroy of Europe laughs as he wears a wig during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy of Europe laughs as he wears a wig during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Ross Kinnaird

Graeme McDowell of Europe looks on during the European Team Photocall prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Graeme McDowell of Europe looks on during the European Team Photocall prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Sam Greenwood

Bubba Watson of the USA hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 28, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Bubba Watson of the USA hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 28, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Andy Lyons

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

The wives and partners of the European Ryder Cup team members pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Rory McIlroy (L) and Graeme McDowell of the European Ryder Cup team pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Rory McIlroy (L) and Graeme McDowell of the European Ryder Cup team pose prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

David Cannon

Padraig Harrington of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Caroline prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

Padraig Harrington of the European Ryder Cup team poses with his wife Caroline prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup Dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 29, 2010 in Newport, Wales

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Europe's team members Martin Kaymer, left, Graeme McDowell, second right, Luke Donald, right, and McIlroy's caddy John-Paul Fitzgerald, at rear, wear curly wigs similar to Rory McIlroy's hair, second left front, as a lighthearted joke during a practice round at the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales

The US Ryder Cup team were treated to an inspirational speech by a fighter pilot yesterday while Colin Montgomerie called on Seve Ballesteros and Gareth Edwards.

And so the lines continued to be drawn for a Ryder Cup which will now inevitably be compared to the notorious tussle at Kiawah Island in 1991.

Of course, the Welsh crowd will never descend into the patriotic rabble which threatened golf's genteel reputation on the South Carolina coast two decades ago (if nothing else, the wet and grey conditions will surely dampen down any raucousness). No, the memories have been pricked by Pavin's military overtures.

Considering he was one of the principal combatants in the notorious ‘War On The Shore’ all those years ago, it really has been a staggering move by the US captain.

Major Dan Rooney talked to Pavin and his side on Tuesday night for “about 15 to 20 minutes” about his experiences as a decorated veteran of three tours in Iraq.

“I want these guys to be accountable to each other and look after each other's backs,” he said. “Basically that's what happens in the military. He just shared a few stories about that and how it related to ... what's happened.”

Pavin denied it would have been more diplomatic to avoid military allusions during his captaincy, particularly as he was widely criticised for wearing a camouflage cap complete with Desert Storm insignia.

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In fact, he even tried to justify his own part in the disgraceful scenes which saw the crowd go way beyond what is deemed acceptable in golf as they rallied around their boys dressed up like the troops fighting in the Gulf.

“That's what it was about at Kiawah, it was about supporting the troops in Desert Storm,” said the 50-year-old.

“Not only the US troops but the troops from Great Britain and around the world. What the military does is amazing. To put your life on the line for what you believe, and for the freedoms of other people, is the ultimate sacrifice. It's very worthwhile to recognise that.”

No doubt it is, but what's it got to do with sport? That is a concern which plainly continues to baffle Pavin. Montgomerie has no such trouble understanding it, but was not about to be led down the path of castigating his opposite number for insensitivity with all the conflicts going on around the globe.

Still, the Scot could not avoid being depicted as the protagonist for employing sportsmen to inspire his players, as well as the odd motivational video.

As well as the great Wales scrum-half Edwards, Ian Woosnam and Sam Torrance were invited to the team-room — but the inevitable star of the show was Ballesteros.

He may be at home in north Spain as he continues his recovery from brain cancer, but his presence was very much felt in South Wales.

“We managed to phone Santander and the whole team spoke to Seve for about 10 minutes,” said Montgomerie. “It was very motivational, very passionate, but also very sad to hear him, hear the way he is.

“But still, the passion is very strong in Seve and it was a real inspiration. He gave a passionate speech to the team 13 years ago.”

It rained in Valderrama that year, too, although they managed to complete the match on Sunday.

The growing fear here is of a Monday finish and the first four-day Ryder Cup, after a miserable practice day which was curtailed by heavy rain.

The Americans braved the conditions early on, while the home team postponed going out for two hours.

When they did there was the extraordinary sight of the players wearing wigs on the first tee. Montgomerie later explained the reasons behind the fancy dress and it is one Pavin may well be pleased with as he tries to identify the weak links in the opposite ranks.

“I think Rory [McIlroy] was quite upset with the comments that were made in the papers about this Tiger situation, which is getting a little bit out of hand, tabloid-wise,” said Montgomerie, referring to the reports of Woods being annoyed with the young Ulsterman for saying he would “love to face Tiger” in his present form.

“So we decided to find seven wigs, which the players and caddies that were playing with him wore.

“They decided that we'll get Rory on the first tee and make him feel like a part of the team again.”

Montgomerie and Pavin ruled out engineering the Woods-McIlroy clash that the majority here would love to see.

The Europe captain's reasons for doing so were obvious — “I want to avoid that situation,” the Scot said — but Pavin's were less so.

“I don't think it's in the spirit of what the Ryder Cup is all about,” he said.

Rather strange logic when put alongside his images of war.


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