Europe’s Ryder Cup team warmed up for the pressure of facing the Americans by getting mocked by an impressionist.
Team captain Thomas Bjorn showed a ten-minute video in the team room where Conor Moore took off all 12 players ‚Äď and their skipper ‚Äď answering questions in fake press conferences.
This year’s Open champion Francesco Molinari claims he was already trying to smile more after being pilloried for his deadpan delivery.
Bjorn said: ‚ÄúIt is a week of high pressure, so you have got to have a bit of fun. That set a nice tone. You have got to laugh at yourself.
‚ÄúIt was a good atmosphere in the room yesterday. It might be one or two found a few truths about the way people look at them. I am not sure Justin will be showing his gold medal too much in the next few days!‚ÄĚ
Ian Poulter said of Moore: ‚ÄúHe took everyone off in the team, and it was extremely funny, I have to say. I can tell you it was probably ten minutes long, and it was hilarious. Just clips like that, which kind of help the team get together.
‚ÄúAlthough we‚Äôre taking the mickey out of one another, it‚Äôs quite a good way to start the week off.
Tommy Fleetwood added: ‚ÄúI got away lightly, really. I‚Äôve just got hair to talk about. It was great. He was really good.
‚ÄúThomas made it out how it was a serious video, and then we had this press conference of Conor doing all these impressions. It was a nice little laugh for ten minutes.
‚ÄúFran‚Äôs was just hilarious. I think Fran‚Äôs has made me giggle for about ten hours now. Just trying to make how excited he was with his deadpan tone. It was perfect, really. It was absolutely spot on. Fran‚Äôs was definitely my favourite.‚ÄĚ
The Italian admitted: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm actually thinking of it all the time now answering questions, trying to smile a bit more. ‘Am I giving a new Francesco now?’ Can‚Äôt you tell the difference?!‚ÄĚ
Bjorn added: ‚ÄúI was included ‚Äď there was a shower cap to show my bald head and some very large eyebrows. But they don‚Äôt need a video to take the mickey out of me.‚ÄĚ