Ryder Cup Notebook
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) _ Steve Pate, recovering from injuries suffered in a car accident two days ago, hopes to play Saturday in the Ryder Cup.
″I thought I’d be able to play this afternoon,″ Pate said Friday. ″Obviously, I was wrong. I’m hoping to get out there tomorrow.″
Pate, on the Ryder Cup team for the first time, was replaced by three-time U.S. Open champ Hale Irwin, who paired with Lanny Wadkins to beat David Gilford and Colin Montgomerie 4 and 2 in foursomes play.
Pate said not playing is hard to take.
″It’s the first time I’ve been in the gallery watching a golf tournament in six years,″ he said. ″It’s killing me. It’s a lot easier to play.″
Pate said he hit about 100 balls at about two-thirds strength with his wedge on Friday and would hit on Saturday to see if he was ready to play.
Pate is being treated for bruises suffered in the Wedneday’s crash, PGA trainer Gary Bennerman said.
″The bruise has turned black and blue, and he’ll play hurt,″ Bannerman said. ″But I think he can go tomorrow.″
WAKE UP CALL:. WSSX disc jockey Michael D has a message for the European Ryder Cup team: Wake up 3/8
Michael D has done just that to several golfers or their wives since his ″Wake Up The Enemy″ campaign began Wednesday.
The disc jockey offered $100 for the direct telephone numbers to the 12-man European team. He said Friday he has ″a way to reach each golfer.″
But he only reached two - Ian Woosman and Paul Broadhurst. The disc jockey said Woosnam answered the call with a hello and a quick goodbye.
Broadhurst had a little more to say.
″He actually talked with us for about a minute,″ Michael D said. ″I told him I only wanted to wish him luck and may the best team win, and sorry it’s not him.″
Michael D’s campaign has been greeted with disdain in Britain, where he is being called ″Mad″ Michael D. The disc jockey said he has gotten calls from Britons upset by what they see as an alarming activity.
″They say I’m being very unsportsmanlike,″ he said. ″But I’m not trying to throw them off their games. Actually, I’m surprised they’re still in bed at that time.″
He said he’s gotten ″bad press″ from a number of British newspapers.
″Not that I’m concerned. I don’t mind being in the Sun and the Mirror and on the BBC,″ he said. ″To them, it’s just shocking. Apparently, the media has the country steamed up about it.″
Michael D got a taste of what he’s been delivering from the BBC, who woke him up to interview him.
″I thought that was funny,″ Michael D said.
The Europeans can rest easy, however. Michael D has made his last wake-up call. He doesn’t do the morning show Saturday and Sunday.
HERE COMES THE VEEP:. Vice President Dan Quayle, one of the nation’s best known golfer, is coming to town.
No, Quayle isn’t a late replacement for the injured Steve Pate. And Quayle won’t be in town long enough to play the Ocean Course.
Quayle and his wife, Marilyn, will take part in the closing ceremonies for the tournament - including the presentation of the trophy to the winning team.
WHAT A COMEBACK:. With nine holes on their scorecard, Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal found themselves 3-down in their morning opener. It was not a position the duo is used to. The pair is 6-1-1 together in Ryder Cup play.
″The first nine holes we played on our knees, but then we got them by knock out,″ Ballesteros said. ″It was really tough in the beginning. I never thought the match was lost, but we had to play very well on the back nine.″
That’s exactly what they did, coming up with three birdies and winning five holes to beat Paul Azinger and Chip Beck 2-and-1 for the Europeans’ only victory in the morning.
CHIP SHOTS:. In winning three of the first four morning foursomes, every U.S. team won the par-5 fifth hole. ... Patriotism is alive on this resort island. Several homes along the road leading to the Ocean Course have large American flags displayed, and one house has a banner that reads: Win USA.