"And trust me, if you look at all of the United Kingdom players that are in this team, they wore that (a yellow ribbon) today because this week that's what they represent".
"So the more questions we have answered well before the Ryder Cup, the more prepared we are and the more time we have to prepare our games the week of the Ryder Cup". If the contest is level after 18 holes, each team gets half a point.
Since last playing in the Ryder Cup, Reed has added a snazzy new line to his resume.
The Americans now lead the series 7-4, with six straight victories. The holders only require 14 points to retain the trophy. "He's got that passion that the Spanish are known for", said the four-time major champion.
"I think it's a combination of both, but I've got a lot of experience on my side with our vice-captains".
He is still wading through the hundreds of text messages following his stunning Tour Championship victory, but Tiger Woods concedes he has more pressing issues this week as he attempts to reverse USA's poor away record in the Ryder Cup.
"Looking back on my entire Ryder Cup career, that's not something that I have really enjoyed and I've really liked seeing", Woods said. Rarely do you see two really fiery guys paired together or two real stoned guys together.
Woods actually has fewer victories at the Ryder Cup than he does major championships. So the acoustics are going to be amplified three times if not more.
Hatton is relishing his first taste of Ryder Cup action and admits being in and around the European team is incredible.
"This is what we practise for and what we play for week-in, week-out", he said. It's thought the location will give the European team an advantage. The afternoon is foursomes: each two-man team plays one ball per hole with the players taking turns until each hole is complete.
"She was such a great prospect for the game of golf, but also a wonderful person".
The team consulted with Barquin Arozamena's mother before making the decision to honor her with ribbons.
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Among the motivational videos shown in Europe's team room on Monday was one sent to Fleetwood by Pep Guardiola, the manager of English champion Manchester City. They hang out together.
Both captains delivered the same message: Their teams are so strong that they had loads of options and tough choices on whom to sit.
"We're both busy in our respective jobs, but we talk a lot, and he's somebody that's great to know".
Nielsen Sports, a specialist in sports data, has found that interest in the event has surged over the past four years and that Britain is the market with the biggest proportion of Ryder Cup fans, with 20 percent of people claiming to be interested or very interested in the competition. The Americans lost all those Ryder Cups. Le Golf National has hosted the French Open on 26 occasions.
"There's no point in trying to be something that you're not", Molinari said.
The Englishman said: "Well, obviously I'm going to be passionate. I don't usually see that with this group".
More than reputation, European captain Thomas Bjorn looks at heart. The course is considered a "thinking mans" golf course.
"I don't know who said that", Watson, when it was suggested by a reporter that Le Golf National was a course for big hitters.
"I guess nothing's out of the realm". This time, however, the players have to switch off hitting the same ball until it rolls in the cup.
Patrick Reed relishes the role of Captain America.
"It would be something that I would remember and cherish for the rest of my life".
That nearly sounded like a bit of personality coming through. "You could tell it was significant for him".