Luke Donald prepared his team for one of the biggest challenges of their careers by doing everything in his power to prepare them. This challenge will be especially great for young golfers. The preparations included Luke Donald playing a video clip that made Rory McIlroy cry.
The video clip featured Harry Diamond, Rory McIlroy's caddy and longtime friend. The Northern Irishman could not hide his emotions.
"There were a lot of tears shed," -Rory McIlroy said, as quoted by BBC. "Harry did my one, just sort of bringing us through our journey.
From when we were kids, meeting at Holywood Golf Club when we were seven years old on the putting green to all the way through and playing amateur golf together, and now we're doing our third Ryder Cup together and everything that we've done in between that time.
It's incredible. We're all here and we're all trying to play for our team-mates and our captain and our vice-captains, but then to receive a message like that and to realise how many more people that you're representing by being here, it's really, really cool.
The other guys got messages that meant just as much to them."
Rory McIlroy on Ryder Cup captains and preparations
Luke Donald knew he had to make some moves to motivate his players. It is necessary that they enter this competition motivated like never before.
The best golfers in the world will go head-to-head, and only one team will win. This competition has a great history. Rory McIlroy remembered the former team captains, who had a slightly different approach than Donald. "It's sort of flipped.
Previous Ryder Cups we've sort of gone pretty light-hearted at the start of the week and then we get hit with an emotional bomb before we go play Friday. It's a little different this year. So it flipped a little bit and I think that was part of Luke's plan and strategy."-Rory concluded.