Tuesday 22 October 2019

Conor's sketches make big impression

Ryder Cup Diary

The Mullingar man prepared a 10-minute skit of his impressions of the 12-man European team and skipper Thomas Bjorn that hit all the right notes.
The Mullingar man prepared a 10-minute skit of his impressions of the 12-man European team and skipper Thomas Bjorn that hit all the right notes.

Brian Keogh

Irish funnyman Conor Moore was such a hit in the European team room that Tommy Fleetwood is probably still laughing at his Francesco Molinari.

The Mullingar man prepared a 10-minute skit of his impressions of the 12-man European team and skipper Thomas Bjorn that hit all the right notes.

"I got away lightly, really," Tommy Fleetwood said. "I've just got hair to talk about. I mean, Fran's was just hilarious. I think Fran's has made me giggle for about ten hours now.

"Just how deadpan he was; trying to make how excited he was with his deadpan tone. It was perfect, really. It was absolutely spot on. Fran's was definitely my favourite."

Molinari joked that the video has made him self-conscious. "I'm actually thinking of it all the time now answering questions," he said. "Trying to smile a bit more."

Bjorn, who was depicted with a bald cap and huge, bushy eyebrows, added: "I think that there might be one or two that found out a few truths about themselves about how people look at them, but they took that all in great spirits. I'm not sure Justin will be showing his gold medal too much the next few days."

Quote of the day

"Coming overseas, Captain America, I was supposed to be the villain, just like when Ian Poulter comes to the States, he's the villain. So you expect to hear the fans kind of go back and forth with you. If it's not happening, it probably means you're not playing very well, and they are just like, all right, we've got him in check."

- Patrick Reed is revelling in his role as the hero or villain, depending on your allegiance

Rookies wear it well

The Ryder Cup is special for the rookies but it takes putting on the team uniform for the first time to really bring it home.

"Yeah, it is surreal," Tyrrell Hatton said. "Getting in the hotel room, seeing all the clothing for the first time, trying it on; I get goosebumps in the mirror, kind of thing. It's very special."

Pal Tommy Fleetwood went even further describing putting his uniform on for the first time as "the proudest moment of my career."

Fleetwood's Pep talk

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola sent Tommy Fleetwood a motivational message ahead of the Ryder Cup.

A keen golfer, the Catalan coach was in Chicago for the Miracle at Medinah four years ago and played a game with the European No 1 this summer.

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