• Ryder Cup

Lawrie: Medinah doesn't scare us

ESPN staff
September 26, 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.

Paul Lawrie is convinced that the Medinah course playing host to the Ryder Cup holds no fears for the European team.

US captain Davis Love III was in charge of the course set-up, gearing it in favour of the mammoth drives off the tee that are a mainstay of the hosts' games by cutting the rough around the course.

But Lawrie, playing in his second Ryder Cup, believes that will not count against the defending champions, who can turn to the likes of Nicolas Colsaerts, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy for examples of players who will relish the conditions.

"It's not a problem," Lawrie said. "We've got plenty of guys on our team that hit it a long way.

"If the idea is to set the course up to suit their long hitters, we've got plenty of long hitters in our team too."

Lawrie geared his year around making the Ryder Cup team and now wants to play his part in a winning team, having last played in the 1999 defeat at Brookline.

"It [being selected in Ryder Cup team] was my main goal for the year and it's nice to reach it," said Lawrie. "But, now that you're here, you want to make sure that you win.

"All the players want to win for Jose Olazabal so badly; he's such a great guy and pretty cool.

"I will play with anybody in the team," Lawrie added, with speculation linking him with Sergio Garcia. "I've not got a problem with anyone and I think my game suits anybody."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.