Davis Love says Michael Jordan has key role for USA Ryder Cup team at Medinah
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 26/09/12 11:15am
American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love is welcoming stars from sports and showbiz to keep his team morale high during their attempts to topple Europe at Medinah.
Love has not, and says he will not, lock down his players in the team room, and has so far welcomed all sorts of celebrities who have popped in and lightened the mood.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan, who made his name in the area with the Chicago Bulls, has been hanging around the USA team at Medinah and will continue to do so throughout the match.
Jordan was an assistant to US captain Fred Couples in the 2009 Presidents Cup, and although he will have no formal role for Love the captain is keen to have him around.
Love says Jordan will be a big influence on Team USA, in the team room, locker room and around the course, with him being charged with keeping the players relaxed and enjoying themselves.
"Since around 1995 probably he's been to every Ryder Cup, he just loves it," Love said of Jordan. "I know there's a lot of people here that could say the same thing but there's very few guys ever called best athlete in the world that come and follow every Ryder Cup match.
"He was an assistant for Fred and I asked him what he wanted to do - did he want to come hang out. He's entertaining watching, he's going to come in the team room if he wants to come in or hang out in the locker room, he's a great motivation for some of these guys.
"He doesn't have an official role except he's one of our buddies and we like having him around."
The amount of stars hanging around the Ryder Cup will only help the USA, says Love, and he is keen to embrace it to help keep his guys loose.
"I just ran into Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, George Lopez, Tom Lehman; it's pretty fun if you come in over there in our player dining room or our locker room.
"We've got a bunch of guys - Michael Phelps is out there playing today. We have got a lot of people that have a lot of interest in The Ryder Cup, and that's pretty cool."
Movie star Bill Murray is an avid golfer and he is backing the home team to bring back the Ryder Cup - although he says it will be on the putting green that the match is one, not in the driving distances.
"I'm from this town so I've got to root for the locals, I just think the home team's going to win," said Murray.
"The course is long, they probably figured it would favour American hitters who hit it long but it's really going to be who makes the putts, everything else is a joke.
"We do hit it long but if you can putt these greens you're a happy man - I made some putts out there so I'm feeling pretty cocky right now, I feel like pushing someone - maybe not someone my size" But making putts out there will be everything."