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Sep 26, 2014

Ryder Cup choir sends players on their way with a smile

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The Ryder Cup’s unique atmosphere is in safe hands so long as its self-titled “Guardians” choir continue to attend and their lusty singing and bespoke chanting brought smiles and applause from both teams on Friday.

Unlike the boorish, often alcohol-fuelled drone of the “Barmy Army” that is now the regular backdrop to any England cricket match, the “Guardians” are cut from a different cloth — literally.

Sep 26, 2014

Golf-Ryder Cup launched on a wave of colour and noise

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The 40th Ryder Cup began on Friday amid scenes that would have been unimaginable for those playing the first in 1927 as a packed amphitheatre produced a spine-tingling cauldron of noise and colour.

Thousands packed in and around the monster grandstand on the first tee as the morning fourballs swung into action to start three days of battle between the hosting Europeans and an American team seeking their first away victory since 1993.

Sep 26, 2014

Athletics-Happy 10th birthday parkrun, and my, haven’t you grown

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – A decade ago 13 friends set off on a 5km run in a park in south-west London. Next week all 13 will return, though this time accompanied by 1,000 others, with some 70,000 running worldwide to mark the 10th birthday of the parkrun movement.

This is not some long-planned special event to celebrate the Oct.4 anniversary, these numbers are normal — if 6.2 million completed runs can be considered normal — and growing by the week.

Sep 26, 2014

Volunteers and community spirit build momentum behind parkrun

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Keen to get a regular Saturday fix of 5km runs under the parkrun banner but finding himself some distance from his nearest event, Gary O’Leary went for the obvious solution — start one on his doorstep.

So, on Oct. 11, a week after parkrun celebrates its 10th anniversary, Panshanger parkrun, near Hertford, north of London, will become around the 290th UK adult event.

Sep 25, 2014

Ryder rookies in at deep end for fourball openers

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – American captain Tom Watson has rolled the dice for Friday’s opening salvos at the Ryder Cup by teaming rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed together and throwing Jimmy Walker into the fray for the morning fourballs.

European captain Paul McGinley gave Scottish rookie Stephen Gallacher an early taste of the atmosphere by putting him out with cheerleader-in-chief Ian Poulter – against Spieth and Reed, and said fellow debutants Jamie Donaldson and Victor Dubuisson would play in the afternoon foursomes.

Sep 25, 2014

Golf-Rookies thrown in early for Ryder Cup opener

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Europe’s Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson will take on Americans Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in the opening Ryder Cup fourball match on Friday as both captains revealed their initial strategy during a glossy opening ceremony.

Europe’s world number one Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia will meet Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson, who will set an American record of 10 Ryder Cup appearances, to close out the first session.

Sep 25, 2014

Media mismatch captures Ryder Cup’s glorious uncertainty

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – A curious piece of scheduling seemingly threw the two Ryder cup teams into sharp relief on Thursday as the last three players from each camp took their turn to face the media.

Just as captains like to backload their singles lineups for a surging Sunday finish, Europe’s final soundbite salvos were launched by Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer.

Sep 24, 2014

‘Mr Ryder Cup’ Poulter revved up to go again

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Ian Poulter has become the symbolic beating heart of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, the man the home players and fans will look to and player the Americans want to beat so badly it hurts.

And he is absolutely loving it all.

Rarely, if ever, has a player produced such sustained brilliance in the biennial tournament while at the same time struggling to make an impact on the regular tours as Poulter has in recent years.

Sep 24, 2014

Wounded soldiers’ visit reminds us it’s just a game, says Watson

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The U.S. team were widely criticized for aligning themselves with the military during the “War on the Shore” 1991 Ryder Cup but there was nothing jingoistic about current captain Tom Watson’s decision to bring two “Wounded Warriors” into his camp.

Sergeant First Class Josh Olson lost his right leg and Sergeant Noah Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee during service with the U.S. Army in Iraq but both have gone on to produce inspirational sporting performances.

Sep 24, 2014

McIlroy mesmerized by Ferguson pep-talk

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy is the world’s number one golfer, a four-times major winner, multi-millionaire and the focal point of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, but he was like a wide-eyed schoolboy in the presence of former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

The all-conquering Scot, who led United to 13 Premier League titles and a host of other trophies in his 26 years at Old Crawford, gave the team a pep-talk on Tuesday night and McIlroy, a United fan, said it was the highlight of his week so far.

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