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“I think it was only right to get Seve on the phone,” Montgomerie said. “Seve is our Ryder Cup and always will be. It’s always nice to not ever feel that Seve is forgotten by us or by European golf in any way, shape or form.”

Pavin said he feels the same way about America’s soldiers.

“What the military does is amazing, to put your life on the line for what you believe and for the freedoms of other people,” he said. “Obviously, it’s the ultimate sacrifice to do that. And I think it’s very worthwhile to recognize that.”