FHM (and Ian Woosnam) take on America at golf
Tips from Woosie
How does your mentality change when playing match play?
You take more chances and risks. You need to win that hole so it’s all or nothing, you play more aggressive golf.
Are there any tricks used to win the mental battle with your opponent?
We’ve all got to be gentlemen of the game but some players like Ian Poulter are great match play golfers because they have a never-say-die attitude. Seve [Ballesteros] had the same mentality as I did… very good match players make lots of birdies and depending on what sort of course you’re playing, it’s important to be consistent like Luke Donald.
How much difference does being the ‘home’ team make?
Golf is golf, wherever it’s played in the world. It’s just the same as playing football - you don’t try to think about it - but most of the pressure from playing at home comes from the expectation of the fans. It can either jeer you up, or it can work against you if you’re not playing well.
Do you feel added pressure because your team-mates are relying on you?
Like any team sport, when you play you’re so determined to do well for your team mates, and that of course puts pressure on you. It’s so important to just play for yourself and concentrate on your own game because you can put yourself under too much pressure. You can only go out and do the best that you possibly can… You can’t force it.
What’s the rivalry with the Americans like? Do you mix with them immediately before/after the Ryder Cup?
The Americans want it (victory) so much. They have a great tradition in the competition, especially having won the Cup so many times and so easily in the past. Naturally, they want to keep that alive. However some years back there came a point when European players wanted to prove their worth and that’s when things started to change.
Golf is a gentleman’s game but the rivalry is strong and spirited. While the tournament is being played, each team keeps to themselves and focuses on the game. Then, after it’s finished, we all have a drink together and there’s no hard feelings, win or lose.
This man scares Americans
What gave Europe the edge at the Ryder Cup last year?
Over a number of years, we’ve changed our mentality. Europe comes together and plays as a team. We’re closer together than the Americans. We play a lot of match play in practice rounds, whereas in the US they have a culture of stroke play – even if they’re playing a four ball. That’s why they’re very good at stroke play, but it gives us a slight advantage in match play. Europe was able to come together and play as a team which was essential.
What’s been your greatest Ryder Cup moment?
I’ve been fortunate enough play in eight Ryder Cups, but my personal greatest moment was obviously as captain of the winning team in 2006. Winning at The Belfry in ’85 was phenomenal as it was Europe’s first victory in some 46 years. That was unbelievable.
And your most disappointing?
Despite playing a part in several winning sides I never won a singles match in the Ryder Cup. I’ve won three World Match Play Championships (and became the first player to capture the title in three different decades) so I’ve proved there’s nothing wrong with my Match Play record. But it goes back to the pressure of playing in the Ryder Cup and trying so hard to win every point for the team which means you can lose focus.
Any tips for playing the 2010 course at Celtic Manor?
Hit it long! Celtic Manor is a very difficult and long course. It’s imperative to get the ball into the right position on the green to leave yourself with a chance of a birdie. You have to do everything right because if you don’t that course will bury you!
It also helps to play in the dry, unlike the guys in 2010!
What’s more important: winning a major or winning the Ryder Cup?
Golf is inherently an individual sport so I think most professionals will say that success is measured on how well an individual player does.
Winning the Masters was the highlight of my career but that takes nothing away from The Ryder Cup as I’m proud to have flown the flag for Europe and been part of so many great teams.
Ian Woosnam will be playing in the 2011 Senior Open Championship at Walton Heath Golf Club on July 21-24. To buy tickets and watch the legends in action go to www.europeantourtickets.com
Also available from FHM
We have teamed up with 888games to offer you FHM Casino. New members will receive £12 totally free (no deposit needed) to try the site. There really is nothing to lose…join here
Girlfriends! Flirting! Sex!
If what you want is to meet your next girlfriend - or just a nice-looking lady to have some undercovers fun with - then look no further than FHM Single Girls.
More collections in Entertainment
The five biggest console releases of 2009
Brace your thumbs. It’s another killer year for gaming
Ten gadgets we (and the world) forgot
A goodbye was what these gadgets deserved long ago
Ten remakes that beat the originals
Not just better – much better
Ten movies not to be missed in 2009
Reschedule weddings. Cancel bar mitzvahs. Fuck funerals
The Specials! Franz! Dre! Your soundtrack to ‘09
We’ve weeded out the tripe so you don’t have to
The 20 best adverts of 2008
Every genuinely funny ad from the past 12 months
The London Astoria’s ten best gigs
They’ve shut it down, but they can’t destroy the good times
Ten cinematic Nazis who brim with pure evil
Tom Cruise not included. Because he's rubbish
The FHM Top 10 celebrity meltdowns
Those high-fliers have so far to fall
Remember these? The 25 ad jingles you NEVER forgot
See the ad, buy the product and sing the jingle forever...
The 10 scariest games of all time
Be afraid. Be very afraid
The 10 coolest movie speeches ever uttered
If only all these actors were in one mega-movie...
FHM’s festival preview: better than all the others
There are fields everywhere to get bollocksed in
Ten films that only make real sense after the pub
When you’ve had a skinful, only certain films will do
FHM’s 100 Greatest Games of All Time
We salute the best games ever made...
10 films that should've been good. But weren't
The ones which let us down in a big way
The 10 best movie heists of all time
Stealing: officially big and clever
Twelve golden TV sex moments
They shaped our young lives. And the contours of our pants
Double acts: FHM's top 10 famous duos
Double acts: we take a look back at the 10 best famous duos in film, television, and pretty much everything in pop...
The 10 best British TV shows of 2009
Sod The Wire, British TV is the real deal
FHM’s guide to your soundtrack of 2010
One year, 12 artists, an infinite number of good times
Ten of the best… comedians
Spurious claim alert: comedians are the new rock stars. Justification of spurious claim: in the absence of anyone in...
FHM checks out Wall Street
When most people notice a film is coming out their reaction is something like “That looks good, I definitely want to...
Classic lip smackers
There’s great food and then there’s the kind of food that makes you sad inside. When you are full, but your...
FHM (and Ian Woosnam) take on America at golf
At 3.23pm on Monday the 4th of October 2010, FHM was sitting in this very office, nervously watching the small flat...
FHM’s Top Ten iTunes Festival gigs
Even if you’re not lucky enough to bag tickets, you can stream most of the gigs live on iTunes. Or just read our irreverent...
How FHM became a Hollywood star (kind of)
It’s 4am, it’s pitch black, and a half-asleep FHM is squeezing his car between a Sherman tank and a palm tree. This...
See behind the scenes at FHM in ITV2 show The Exclusives
We're appearing on ace new ITV2 show, The Exclusives, where you can have a gander at what goes on in FHM towers...
FHM and Jägermeister hit the road
FHM are teaming up with legendary drinks people Jägermeister for the road trip of a lifetime and we need your...
How to win at life with the best of FHMManFood
Our American steak-searing, bacon-loving, chicken-stuffing food pro DJ BBQ gives you the meaty intel that will take...
22 comics that should be given the Sin City movie treatment
As exclusive character pictures of the next Sin City instalment are released, FHM looks at 22 other mindblowing comics...
What happened when FHM spent 48 hours with former EDL Leader Tommy Robinson
Controversial EDL Leader Tommy Robinson has today announced he's leaving the political group. Here's what happened...
Guns, brothels and football: If Snoop Dogg was president...
Snoop Dogg/Lion has changed his name again, to Snoopzilla. Here's what happened when we met the man to talk "painting...
The 10 scariest movies of all time as voted by an audience hooked up to heart monitors
The top 10 scariest movies of all time, as voted by the users of Play.com....
Jay Z's Run This Town and 10 other songs that aren't quite as original as they sound
Everyone's favourite Beyonce lovin' rap star, Jay Z, has sparked the wrath of a record label who reckon he's sampled...
“Playing Mandela was without a doubt the hardest work I’ve ever done": FHM speaks to Idris Elba
FHM met Mandela star and Britain's most important actor, Idris Elba...
The sexiest pop starlets to be nominated at this year's Brits
The Brits are nearly here again, meaning a solid round-up of homegrown talent getting drunk and showing why we're awesome...
10 actors who would be amazing in the next series of True Detective
As HBO's True Detective comes to an end stateside (and for the legions of people watching it on the internet) we look...
Relive the FA Cup Final with the top five greatest ever cup-winning goals
Five FA Cup goals that were better than Aaron Ramsey's screamer for Arsenal on Saturday...
OK Go’s new video will make your eyes feel drunk on awesome juice
OK Go have gone done another music video and, as expected, it’s smashed the internet to pieces like a (non-Miley-ridden)...