While Ralph Hasenhuttl will try his best to score three points against the Wolves on Sunday, he hopes another Austrian can get his own victory as well.
After facing Bruno Lage’s side at St Mary’s, saints The boss will support Ryder Cup rookie Bernd Wiesberger as he makes his European debut at the prestigious match event in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.
Hasenhuttl first met the 35-year-old world number 63 while playing at a Pro-Am event in Germany and even went to watch him compete at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth earlier this month.
And while he admits his own golf game is “average,” the Saints boss insists that spending time with one of the world’s best golfers helped him learn.
Asked by the Daily Echo about playing alongside Wiesberger, Hasenhuttl said: “It was very interesting to be honest. We met when I had a Pro-Am in Germany. I played with him and we had a good tour together.
“I think it was two weekends when I watched it at Wentworth.
“He’s a super relaxed guy – I was talking to him on the 17th tee and in the middle of all the people there I spoke to him in German-Austrian, they couldn’t understand what we were talking about!
“But he’s a super guy, a very cool guy. It’s great for him to be a part of this big tournament and I really enjoy Sunday because I think he will play there and hopefully get a point for Europe.
“This is such a big event, it’s great to watch. I like the Ryder Cup. I was in Paris when I canceled my contract in Leipzig and watched it live.
“To be honest it was a very enjoyable event for me, I met Thomas Tuchel there too! We were both there watching. It was nice to see a great event and I love watching it.”
Having started his managerial career in 2007, Hasenhuttl has become accustomed to dealing with pressure and decision making regularly.
Asked if he could learn from golfers working under pressure on his course, the Austrian boss said, “Yes, I think it’s definitely a challenging job psychologically. The power and pressure they have is incredible.
“When you have a one-meter shot and it’s all about it, you have to be absolutely balanced. Definitely a lot of things you can get – you dig it up.
“I play golf too and I know how well you can close there, because when you want to play you have to concentrate fully on this sport.
“I think that’s the interesting part of this game.”