Bourdy proud to fly the flag for France
France's Gregory Bourdy tees off at Muirfield golf course at Gullane in Scotland on July 19, 2013
The 31-year-old from Bordeaux is shaping up as only the third ever French representative to play at the Ryder Cup and first since Thomas Levet in 2004 and says it is an honour to play in the tournament which bears the name of the late Spanish legend.
"Its the first time I've played the Seve Trophy. Like Miguel (Angel Jimenez), it's a big honour to be in the team and I'm very proud to be in that team because it's in the name of Seve.
"He was an amazing player and I watched him many times when I was young on tv. I met him once and I will remember that moment for a long time.
"He was very different, even when he was at the end of his career. I saw him at the Spanish Open and I've never seen another player with the charisma like his, or his talent with the ball."
Bourdy teams up with Dutch rookie Joost Luiten in the penultimate match of five foursomes on Thursday's opening day at the Saint-Nom-La-Breteche golf club and also paid tribute to his European captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
"I'm proud to be here and to have a captain like Jose Maria is also a big honour for me because he's a friend of mine and he's helpful for me.
"He's a great champion, one of the best we have in Europe, he's a simple man and very kind with everybody," added Bourdy who has eight career wins to his name and four on the European Tour.
"He's also like Seve, a special one and I'm very proud to be in his team," he said.
When asked how he felt to be the only Frenchman in the team and any added pressure, the man who recently won the Wales Open in September brushed aside any doubts about his ability to perform.
"I'm not thinking about the pressure, I'm just happy and proud to be on the team and it's a pleasure to play at home.
"When you play for yourself (in individual tournaments), you are under control, your emotions are not the same at all.
"In team events, you can see when you watch on tv it is different. I watch the Ryder Cup and Seve Trophy and all the guys are much more emotional and participating with the crowd and the other guys so everything is different.
"It's so different and when you win, yeah, it's even better."
Belgian teammate Nicolas Colsaerts chipped in that there was something else to look forward to: "It's usually a very good party."