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Love: Cup pressure 'almost unfair'

ESPN staff
September 24, 2012

The Ryder Cup gets underway at Medinah Country Club on September 28. ESPN will have extensive coverage of the event - including interactive text commentary, reports and reaction - for all three days.

Davis Love III admits the pressure of the Ryder Cup is "almost unfair", but believes the competition brings out the best in the players.

Speaking at Medinah on Monday, when he officially welcomed the European team to the 39th edition of the tournament, Love compared playing in the event to the last nine holes of a major.

Love, who is hoping to ensure the Ryder Cup stays on American soil following a period of European dominance - Jose Maria Olazabal's team have won four of the last five Ryder Cups - said the intensity of the Ryder Cup was like no other golfing event.

"I have said all along it's a lot like the last nine holes when you have a chance to win a major championship except that it starts Friday morning," Love said. "It's a pride in playing for your country and being part of a team and that adds pressure.

"The difference is there is winning and losing in it. When you are playing in an individual game there is a little more of trying to accomplish a goal and playing a little bit of a different game. When you come here you it's trying to win this cup, it is trying to support your team-mates and play for your country and it's a different kind of pressure.

"We see the greatest shots ever and more shots holed and more incredible things in this and I think you have to have that kind of pressure for the excitement and competitiveness of this event. It is very intense, it is almost unfair to the players but these guys love the challenge of that and see how they can react under that kind of pressure."

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