Shane Lowry and Jon Rahm reveal that there have been TEARS in the European team room as captain Luke Donald pulls on the heart strings ahead of the Ryder Cup
- Luke Donald captains Europe in the 44th Ryder Cup which starts on Friday
- He has turned to personalised video montages to stir passions in his side
- Shane Lowry and Jon Rahm revealed there were tears in the dressing room
Shane Lowry revealed there have been tears in the European team room as Luke Donald has sought to yank on the heart strings ahead of Friday’s opening Ryder Cup session.
While some of the gimmickry of past editions has been dispensed with – there are none of the gold and blue fish favoured in 2014 – Donald has turned to personalised video montages in an effort to stir passions in his side.
Lowry said: ‘It’s an emotional week, and even some of the stuff that’s happened already this week would get you quite emotional.
‘I probably shouldn’t be saying this but a lot of stuff goes into this week, and there’s videos that are played in the team rooms in the evenings, motivational videos, that kind of hit home a little bit.
‘I’m not going to elaborate much further than that, but Luke and his team have done a great job already this week on Monday and Tuesday. I’m excited for what’s to come the rest of the week.’
Shane Lowry revealed there has been tears in the European dressing room ahead of the Ryder Cup
Luke Donald (left) has turned to personalised video montages in an effort to stir up passions in his side
World No 3 Jon Rahm added: ‘I don’t know how much of that they’re going to post – it’s kind of personal for us.
‘There are very few people in those rooms. We have some individual videos and some collective videos. There were very few players not shedding a few tears yesterday afternoon.
‘A lot of it was family related and the reason why all of us are here. I don’t want to say too much more than that. If you guys were to watch it, it would make you feel a lot of the same emotions we felt.’
Meanwhile, Rahm says he has been drawing advice this week from Sergio Garcia, who holds the Ryder Cup points record but has been exiled since joining LIV.
Rahm said: ‘I did talk to him and ask for advice. He did show me a lot of what to do at Whistling (in 2021) and obviously in Paris (2018), as well. I did have a little bit of a chat with him, and with Ian Poulter, as well. Just to hear them talk about what they thought and what they felt is obviously invaluable information.’
Jon Rahm said the montages were mainly family related and there were ‘very few players not shedding tears’
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