Indian golfers account for just under a quarter of the field in this week’s Avantha Masters. If you were looking for signs of where future Asian major winners might come from, then that stat should give you a clue.
Needing just 2½ points Sunday, Asia looked like a sure bet to claim the Royal Trophy. But reminiscent of the Ryder Cup, captain Colin Montgomerie's Europeans dominated singles match play to steal the victory.
Matteo Manassero and Ryo Ishikawa may live on different continents, but the teens already have formed a bond, on-and-off the course. The 17-year-old Italian and the 19-year-old Japanese met in September at the HSBC Champions.
I’ve been conducting a secret poll for the last year or so among the guys with whom I regularly play golf. My findings confirm what I’ve long suspected – there are too many tournaments on the European and PGA Tour circuits.
In a riveting finale, the 38th Ryder Cup came down to the last match. And when Graeme McDowell endured the crucible of competition known as golf’s greatest event and defeated Hunter Mahan, a familiar refrain rang through the valley: “Olé, Olé, Olé!”
After a seven-hour rain delay at Celtic Manor, the Americans made up for their early-morning woes to take the lead in the 38th Ryder Cup in Wales. But a schedule change may turn the tide for Team Europe. . .
The Europeans, featuring stars such as Martin Kaymer (left), have been portrayed as the heavy favorites in the 38th Ryder Cup, which begins Friday in Wales. But don’t be surprised if the match-play duel against the U.S. comes down to the very last putt.
Asia’s growth as a golf market has been documented often of late, with reports of rising golf course construction and increasing player participation.
Now, a new KPMG study provides yet another indicator that the continent’s interest in golf won’t subside anytime soon: Professional tournaments in Asia awarded 95 million euros in prize money in 2009 – surpassing the total sum disbursed by events in Europe.
The word from Lee Westwood’s camp is that he’s healthy and ready to go for next week’s Ryder Cup. He is said to have played well in the Sir Ian Botham and Darren Clarke Celebrity Invitational, a two-day team event in Scotland in the past week.
Captain Colin Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup players are certainly on a hot streak, claiming five wins in the last six weeks.
Padraig Harrington is at this week’s Vivendi Cup aiming to join teammates Martin Kaymer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Edoardo Molinari and Peter Hanson as recent winners – or at least get into form before next week’s Ryder Cup in Wales.
Six European Ryder Cup members are set, with three more to qualify Sunday. That will leave captain Colin Montgomerie to agonize over three wildcard picks. Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jiménez (left to right, and Nos. 7-9 on the European points list) are the frontrunners this week at Gleneagles for the last three automatic spots.
Sweden’s Peter Hanson threw a huge wrench into Colin Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup plans with victory in the Czech Open Championship. The 32-year-old moved into an automatic spot for the European Ryder Cup team.
Think this week’s €2 million Czech Open is all about who wins the €333,330 first-place prize? Think again. A little match called the Ryder Cup overshadows this tournament like a dark cloud hanging over a garden party.
Sunday at the U.S. PGA Championship was all about mistakes – who made them and who didn't. Martin Kaymer of Germany won the year's final major – and a Ryder Cup spot – through a playoff over American Bubba Watson. Dustin Johnson lost another major opportunity with a gut-wrenching penalty on 18.
While conditions were clear and calm Sunday, the previous rounds at the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe this week took a player who knew how to navigate harrowing conditions. Enter Lee-Ann Pace of Mossel Bay, South Africa.
All 40 Europeans in this week’s PGA Championship should feel fortunate. That’s the view of one former European Tour star who feels he didn’t get a fair crack on the major stage. These days the top Europeans think nothing of penciling in the PGA Championship on their schedules at the beginning of the season. It wasn’t always so.
Sophie Gustafson continued her winning streak in Ireland by claiming her fourth Ladies Irish Open title on Sunday at Killeen Castle. The Swede enhanced her prospects of returning to the course next September as part of Europe’s Solheim Cup team.