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Team USA stumps for fervent (but respectful) fan support

American captaDavis Love III asks thfans “not let it get over top. ... Respectful sportsmanship is going be key.” |

American captain Davis Love III asks that fans “not let it get over the top. ... Respectful sportsmanship is going to be the key.” | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: October 29, 2012 7:02AM

Good morning, Chicago. Team USA is hoping you’re ready to make some noise at Medinah.

“We’ve got to feel the presence of the crowd,’’ Phil Mickelson said. “We need the support. We need the energy they provide for us to play our best golf. The electricity people bring is going to help us play well. I don’t know if it’ll be enough. It’s a tough European team. But I think they’re going to help us play well.’’

Steve Stricker, the Wisconsin native and former Illini hero, also urged fans to bring their A-game lungs.

“We need that 13th man on our side,’’ Stricker said. “Chicago fans are the best, and we’re going to need that. It’s going to be a tough match.’’

All that Davis Love III asks is that Team USA fans support their team the right way.

“We just want it to be very fair and respectful for both sides, and not let it get over the top,’’ the American captain said. “Part of the fun of the Ryder Cup is the cheers. But if we just try to keep it fair, we’ll be very happy. Respectful sportsmanship is going to be key.’’

And if lubricated fans do cross the line?

“Hopefully, I won’t get heckled,’’ Rory McIlroy said. “But if I do, then you’ve got to stay calm and be focused . Obviously, the majority of the crowd are going to be pulling for the American team. [But] it’s been very respectful [in practice].’’

At the opening ceremonies Thursday, European captain Jose Maria Olazabal, also urged spectators to cheer responsibly.

“We have every intention of taking [the cup] back home with us,’’ Olazabal said. “[But] we will leave Medinah as friends.’’

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