Six Europeans and five Americans will be making their Ryder Cup debuts at Celtic Manor this week.
Since they could be in action as early as Friday’s opening four-ball matches, they’ve been trying to take in as much practice as possible on the par-71 Twenty Ten course — and plenty of advice from more-experienced teammates on how to cope with Cup pressure.
“The Ryder Cup has a lot more pressure than a major,” U.S. captain Corey Pavin told Reuters during the buildup to the 38th tournament. “It’s not even a comparison. I always found it 100 times more stressful than any major championship.
“At my first Ryder Cup, I was basically shaking on the tee because I was so nervous, but I had to control those emotions and perform.”