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Weekley cracks wise at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE — If Boo Weekley has any free time this week, the Ryder Cup rookie could audition at a local comedy club.

Weekley has kept his teammates and the media entertained with his sense of humor.

"It never hurts to laugh," he said in his Southern drawl. "You should always laugh at least once or twice a day. I laughed halfway around the golf course today."

Weekley bemoaned the fact that he had to wear a tuxedo to a fancy Ryder Cup dinner Wednesday night.

"I'm going to feel like I'm all up in a straightjacket, I reckon," he said, noting that he hadn't worn a tux since he got married eight years ago.

As for how he's going to handle his nerves when he has to hit his first shot in Ryder Cup competition:

"You never know what can happen," he said. "I might shank it or top it. You don't ever know what's going to happen. It's golf."

U.S. teammate Ben Curtis said Weekley will "keep you loose and keep you having a good time, no matter the situation.

"You never know what he's going to say next. It's always something funny."

Practice bombs

J.B. Holmes was the center of attention on the driving range Wednesday morning.

He even got a rise out of European captain Nick Faldo, who watched as the former Kentucky star launched a few bombs that soared more than 300 yards and over the end of the range. One landed on the roof of the stage where the opening ceremonies will be held, and a couple others landed on the stage.

"Whoever built the podium put it in the wrong place," Faldo quipped. "The guy is impressively long, it's as simple as that.

"But fortunately there's more to it in this game."

U.S. captain Paul Azinger said Holmes' distance and his familiarity with Valhalla has let him do some "amazing things" in practice.

"He's taking lines that nobody is even looking at ... He's just doing things that are superhuman at this point."

Daddy Campbell

Nobody had a more eventful run-up to the Ryder Cup than Chad Campbell.

A week after Paul Azinger made him a wild-card pick, Campbell and his wife Amy became parents for the first time. Dax Phillip Campbell weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

"It was all very exciting," Campbell said. "It was an unbelievable week and a half for me; a lot of good things happened."

Campbell said one of the highlights this week was meeting former college football coach Lou Holtz, who addressed the team Tuesday night.

"He's such a great speaker, and his voice is just so loud and so ... determined and motivating. There's not many other people better than him you can have talk to you.

Ian on the spot

When Nick Faldo picked Ian Poulter over Ryder Cup veterans Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie, the European press was highly critical.

But Poulter has gotten nothing but support from Clarke, Montgomerie and his teammates.

"Darren has taken it obviously personally, and he's very disappointed, but on the other hand, he's pleased for me to make the side," Poulter said.

"That's the type of guy Darren is. He's very respectful and a great guy."

Poulter said he bumped into Montgomerie at dinner a couple weeks ago.

"Monty walked past and said, 'Congratulations for making the side and all the best in Kentucky.'"

As for his teammates, Poulter said, "The guys have been great. Everybody on the team is united ... team morale is great."

Pairings ... or lunch list?

European captain Nick Faldo was caught on camera by Sky News of England with an important-looking piece of paper Wednesday, but he denied it was his plans for the Friday morning foursomes.

The paper had pairings written on it — Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood, then Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson, according to a report on Skysports.com.

Underneath were the initials of Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Paul Casey, then on the next line Oliver Wilson, Soren Hansen and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Henrik Stenson's name was missing.

When questioned if this gave an insight into his thinking for the opening foursomes, Faldo claimed that the paper "had sandwich requests for the guys, just making sure who wants the tuna, who wants the beef, who wants the ham."

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