It was no surprise that the mention of the late Seve Ballesteros would bring emotion to the voice of Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal, the Spaniard having formed such a successful partnership with his compatriot.
But US captain Davis Love also had reason to remember someone who would not be present at Medinah following the death earlier this month of Maria Floyd, the wife of former captain Ray Floyd.
Olazabal would not confirm that his team plan to wear the navy jumper, trousers and white shirt so associated with Ballesteros in Sunday’s singles, but he has already consulted Love on the issue.
“I talked to Davis about that and he was very understanding of it and I will say no more at the moment,” Olazabal said. “Seve is going to be there in our team in some way or form. We are going to miss him a lot. It’s the first time he is not going to be with us.”
An iconic image of the five-time major winner is on their golf bags at Medinah. The image recreates Ballesteros’ most famous pose, a clenched-fist salute.