John Paul Newport talks to Azinger life coach, author and Ryder Cup golf cart co-pilot Dr. Ron Braund about the pod system concept that he's taking credit for.
"Jim Furyk has struggled as a team player to some extent, because he is such an individual," Dr. Braund said. "But here he had a role to play. He was a steady rudder and tremendously supportive of the other guys, particularly of Kenny Perry when he got down after hitting his drive into the hazard on the final hole in the first foursomes match. That may be one reason Jim performed so well." Mr. Furyk won 2½ points and clinched the Cup on Sunday with his singles win. Mr. Perry also rebounded to win 2½ points.
During the competition, Dr. Braund rode in the cart with Mr. Azinger and helped him keep on point with his "messaging" to players.
"Sometimes, the message was no message," Dr. Braund said. "Paul would just drive by, show a smiling face and ask if everything was OK. But that was based on what we'd worked out beforehand."