Hanson better, raring to go
Swedish rookie Peter Hanson has declared himself fully fit for this week’s Ryder Cup duel Celtic Manor.
Swedish rookie Peter Hanson has declared himself fully fit for this week’s Ryder Cup duel against the United States at Celtic Manor.
Hanson pulled out of the Vivendi Cup in Paris last weekend after being laid low by a chest infection.
“I am feeling a lot better,” he said, before today’s final official practice round on the Twenty Ten course.
“I had a bad cold that went down close to the lungs and into there, so it was a good decision to rest.
“I came here on Monday still not feeling great, but I have to say that from Tuesday morning to now it feels good.”
Hanson, 32, is among six Ryder Cup debutants in Colin Montgomerie’s European team, but he is relishing playing his part in trying to regain the trophy lost in Louisville, Kentucky two years ago.
“I think everybody is going to be nervous. It’s hard as a rookie because you don’t really know what to expect, but we have all been in positions,” he said.
“Every time you get put in a new situation, I think you get that extra bit of nerve.
“I remember the first European Tour event I played on home soil in Sweden.
“I played as an amateur, and the feeling walking on to that first tee pretty close to where I live with packed grandstands all the way down, I think that feeling is going to be something similar to this.
“I can’t wait to stand on that first tee, I have to say.”
Hanson also revealed his readiness, if required this weekend, to take on world number one Tiger Woods.
“Playing Tiger Woods in a Ryder Cup match would be a dream,” he said. “He is the number one player in the world, so it would be great.
“I think in a case like mine, when you’re coming in maybe a little further back in our team, if I play Tiger I feel that I have everything to win.
“Nobody would expect me to win, but we all know that over 18-hole matchplay a lot of things can happen.”
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