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NICE GESTURE: Davis Love III sure knows how to be a good host.

In addition to the traditional gifts that will be exchanged between the teams at Wednesday night’s dinner, the U.S. captain decided to give everyone involved in the Ryder Cup _ Americans and Europeans both _ a commemorative yardage book. Harvey Penick’s famous advice to “Take Dead Aim” is inscribed at the top of the Americans’ book, while the Europeans have the same silhouette of Seve Ballesteros that is on their golf bags.

All of the books have a drawing of half of the Ryder Cup, and the full cup is revealed when the book is held up to their counterpart’s.

“It’s going to be pretty cool,” Love said Tuesday. “If I take my book and put it with (European vice captain) Darren Clarke’s book, it matches up and makes a cup. That’s what it’s all about, we respect them and they respect us and, come Friday morning to Sunday night, we’re going to have a lot of fun competing.”

It’s a far cry from some other Ryder Cups, when the event was portrayed as a war or battle between Europe and the United States. Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal were dubbed the “Spanish Armada” for their ruthless dominance. The 1991 event at Kiawah Island is better known as the “War by the Shore,” and captain Corey Pavin came in for heavy criticism two years ago after he brought in a National Guard officer to speak to the U.S. team.

But there will be no warmongering from Love. Far from it. He never misses an opportunity to talk about his respect for the event or his friendship with Olazabal, his European counterpart.

“This is not a war. It’s a golf match,” Love said. “A golf match that’s grown a little bit since they started it, but it continues to be a friendly golf match.”

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