Weir Blog: Saturday

In the third entry of his PGA Cup blog, Great Britain & Ireland Captain Russell Weir has high praise for the fight his players are showing, and says that both he and his players still believe they can rally.


John Wells earned a special mention from GB&I Captain Russell Weir for his gritty play on Saturday. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Editor's Note: Each day during the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., Great Britain & Ireland Captain Russell Weir will file an entry. The 59-year-old, who is in his 30th year as PGA Head Professional at Cowal Golf Club in Dunoon, Scotland, is making his debut as GB&I captain. Weir, however, is no stranger to the PGA Cup. He competed in eight as a player -- tied for most appearances in PGA Cup history. Here is his third blog.

By Russell Weir, Great Britain & Ireland Captain

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – As the sun got up to its peak, it was quite sapping on the guys. They gave it everything, but were a bit unlucky. I think the heat made them a bit tired. It’s quite a long and exhausting week. I just talked to them in the team room so that we could get our thoughts together and get ready for tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow they’ll be playing for themselves, for pride and for their country. It’s all there. My guys are not afraid and I believe in them. We can still do it.

Having played in eight matches and starting the singles down 10 ½ - 5 ½ Sunday, the key to singles is simple: You’ve got to win your singles. They’ve got to play well. They’ve got to hit fairways, hit greens and hole their putts. It’s as simple as that. Come prepared and ready for action.

This has been the experience of my life. I feel more pressure, actually, as the captain than I did when I played. You can’t really do anything about it. You can do certain things, but the playing side of that becomes automatic as a player. As captain, you’re just thinking a lot. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time now and it’s been great.

Gary Brown and John Wells won their foursomes match Saturday afternoon and they’re just pure Yorkshires. It was tremendous and I’m glad I witnessed that. They were 1 down with five holes to play and rallied to win the last three holes to win the match. Gary is a quietly spoken guy, but he’s got it on the inside. I’ve come across a few guys like that in my time and they all seem to come from the same area, so it’s great.

And I can’t say enough about David Shacklady and Simon Edwards. In two four-ball matches against Mark Sheftic and David Hutsell the first two days, they won one match and lost one. All told, they played 33 holes together and the four players combined for 24 birdies. These guys brought tears to my eyes today. They gave everything and they knew before they came out that they were going to be in a tough position. I’m just so delighted for them. They’ve given me everything.

As for the Sunday singles matches, we know we need points. We need points early to make it interesting. That’s how I’ve adopted my strategy. The spirit in the team room is tight. It’s fine. The guys know there’s still 10 points to play for and they’re all on their own ball.

We’re going to give it a go and see what happens.