By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
MEDINAH, Ill. -- Davis Love III wants to win. That's a given. But he has repeatedly said he wants a friendly spirit to prevail in the Ryder Cup this week at Medinah.
So it wasn't surprising to learn on Tuesday that Love wanted to honor Seve Ballesteros, perhaps the greatest European Ryder Cupper ever, this week. The Spaniard died last year after battling brain cancer and this will be the first Ryder Cup since 1979 in which he hasn't played a role.
The Europeans unveiled golf bags with the silhouette of Ballesteros, who owns a 20-12-5 Ryder Cup record, celebrating his winning putt at the 1984 British Open at St. Andres. Love put that same iconic image on yardage books he gave to the members of the European Team and their caddies.
"Ours have a little saying in it in the top, but theirs has a silhouette of Seve in their yardage book," Love said.
In addition, the yardage books have half a Ryder Cup on them. So if the caddy matches his with his boss, the picture of the golden chalice is complete. The same goes if Love matches his with the one given to European captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
"That's what it's all about is we respect them and they respect us, and come Friday morning to Sunday night, we are going to have a lot of fun competing," Love said. "And then as José said, then it goes right back to being friends."
Of course, Love plans for those friends to be celebrating in the U.S. team room that night.
"I don't know who is going to win, but I know on Sunday night, we're all going to be in the same room, and our room's real big, and it will probably be our room, and we'll be having fun," he said. "We might have more ... table tennis tables than them, so they might have to come over. That's the way it was in Wales, they were all over in our room celebrating.
"Obviously we hope that we have more champagne than them this time. But it's all in friendship, so there's nothing, nothing but good about Seve being on their bag."