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October 1st, 2012
09:23 PM ET

Graeme McDowell on Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal: "We just wanted to win it for him, and for the memory of Ballesteros"

On the heels of an epic Ryder Cup comeback, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes three members of the victorious European team to reflect upon their win.

"We took a lot out of turning those games around, turning them into a victory. 10-4 to 10-6 felt like just such a massive boost," says Ian Poulter, who made five straight birdies in the Saturday afternoon four-ball set as Europe picked up two critical points and cut into the American team's lead heading into Sunday's singles matches. "Saturday night in the team room was an enormous change. I've never seen anything like it."

Playing under the impassioned leadership of Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal, the Europeans drew inspiration from their captain's countryman, the late Seve Ballesteros:

"Jose was an amazing captain all week. We had the silhouette of Seve, on our golf bags. We wore the sihouette of Seve on our left sleeve's yesterday, on our golf shirts," explains Graeme McDowell, who's seen Europe win the Ryder Cup seven times in the last nine editions. "We really felt like Jose's emotion, and his passion, really came through. And we really, really just wanted to win it for him, and obviously, for the memory of Severiano Ballesteros."

Playing on foreign soil in Medinah, Illinois, the Europeans needed to negotiate not only an intimidating deficit that once stood at six points, but also a very vocal American crowd:

"The U.S. team had great support, and it was a really sort of fiery and feisty atmosphere for us to play golf in, and I loved it," says Justin Rose, who birdied the final two holes on Sunday to come from one down to beat Phil Mickelson in their singles match. "Our goal was just to try and hush the crowd, and I think for the American team, that silence could be deafening, and I kept trying to use that phrase, during the week. Because when the place went quiet, that must have been really unnerving for them."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening as the Europeans admit that it was actually a wager between Piers Morgan and Bill Clinton that spurred them on to victory.
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  1. Griff.

    "Win it for him??"
    "Most just want to score, and hope for the same, in the next game!"

    October 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Barbara

    Piers if you still want to root for the Europeans go back to England but don't go on American TV and be so obnoxious about their win. As far as I'm concerned all the European players should move out of the U. S. Why should they live here and play for another country!!!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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