Love III slams James

Davis Love III believes Mark James is out of order reliving memories that should be consigned to the history bin

Martin Park
Mon, 12 Jun 2000

Davis Love III fought back on behalf of the American Ryder Cup side and slated Mark James for writing a book for pure financial gain and rubbing salt in the wounds.

James, who publicly tore Tom Lehman apart in the book for being too jingoistic whipping the crowd into a frenzy may take note as the entire Cup team on both sides would rather forget the issue completely.

"He is bashing us non-stop" Said Love. "I think it's sad. He's cashing in on that moment. It's sad because it's the only way he can cash in.

"It's hard to sit over there and go, 'Well, let me explain to you what happened. The first match we got our butts kicked. The second match we got our butts kicked. The third match we got our butts kicked, and maybe our strategy wasn't that good.' You can't sit down and say that. So what do you do? You say well the fans were bad, and this and that." Love continued.

"Did Ben do a book?" (No, but he is going to! Ed.) Love said about Captain Ben Crenshaw. "I don't think it would come out like that if he did." (Apparently it won't, but we will see! Ed.)

Love is in full agreement that it was a bad mistake to go over the top. But he reminds everyone that he and the rest of the team apologised profusely for months after the battle of Brookline.

"Sure, we over-celebrated on the 17th, we made a mistake," Love said. "We apologised for it and they accepted our apology, publicly and personally. OK, we made a mistake. How bad are you going to get us for that?"

"What it all boils down to, if you go back and read the transcripts of the Saturday night press conference, everything was fine," Love said. "They were the happiest campers in the world.

"The course was great, the fans were great, everything was going their way and they didn't have one single complaint. But as soon as they got their butts kicked everything changed. Come Sunday night and they get their butts kicked and now it's a whole different story."

"We've never gone and made them apologise for celebrating in the middle of the Muirfield green (in 1987)," Love said. "At least we did it and they accepted it and we're all friends. Jose just sent me five cases of wine. But to have James do that, it just looks bad for him. It doesn't look bad for anybody else. It's just sour grapes."



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