There is unlikely to be a dry eye in the locker room when captain Jose Maria Olazabal addresses his European Ryder Cup team for the first time in Medinah next year.
The Ryder Cup, to be staged near Chicago in 2012, is close to the heart of the emotional Spaniard and for Graeme McDowell one of the highlights of last year's victory over the United States was a moment involving vice-captain Olazabal.
McDowell sank the winning point for Colin Montgomerie's European team in his singles clash with Hunter Mahan but it was the double U.S. Masters champion's demeanour at the start of the day that still resonates with him.
"The biggest moment for me was on the Monday morning before the singles matches with Jose Maria in the team locker room," said McDowell in the official 2010 Ryder Cup film.
"There was a great photo of him and Seve (Ballesteros) in there with him hopping up on Seve's shoulders to try and see a pin.
"He broke down in tears that morning thinking about Seve, about the Ryder Cup and the experiences they shared in it," added the U.S. Open champion.
There is no doubt Ballesteros's ongoing battle with his health after being diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour in 2008 and the great Ryder Cup memories the two Spanish friends share contributed to Olazabal's tears.
McDowell said last year's locker-room experience summed up to him the whole essence of the team event that was first staged in 1927.
"For me there is not another golf tournament on the planet that makes grown men cry like the Ryder Cup," said the 31-year-old Briton.
"That moment encapsulated everything about the Ryder Cup, how passionate and emotional it is for all the players involved."
Olazabal and Ballesteros formed the competition's best partnership, winning 11, halving two and losing two of the 15 matches they played together.
The 44-year-old Olazabal wears his heart on his sleeve and was also close to tears at the K Club in Ireland in 2006 when he featured in the European team as a player for the first time in seven years.
The popular Spaniard is respected and admired on both sides of the Atlantic, having triumphed 23 times on the European Tour and won six U.S. PGA Tour events.
Olazabal has been dogged by injury and ill-health, including losing two years to rheumatoid arthritis in his feet in the mid-1990s.
He has suffered with rheumatic pain in his back and shoulders for the past two years and featured in only three competitive European Tour events in 2010.
George O'Grady, the tour's chief executive, made it clear how highly he was regarded when he spoke in glowing terms of Olazabal at the season-ending Dubai World Championship in November.
"Just about every player on the tour, when I last talked to them, would love to see him as the captain," said O'Grady. "I haven't heard one person who wouldn't.
"I think if every player you are talking to sees him as an inspirational figure, then the people in a room on a given day have got to vote it.
"You know exactly what kind of man Jose Maria Olazabal is -- an honourable, incredible man," added O'Grady.