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Sep 29, 2014

Golf – U.S. must rediscover spirit of 2008 to stop Ryder Cup rot

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good and why they don’t get on as well as their European counterparts.

That has been the scenario after eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups but, despite the myriad inquests, they seem no nearer understanding the reasons than 20 years ago when none of the current group were even involved.

Sep 29, 2014

U.S. must rediscover spirit of 2008 to stop Ryder Cup rot

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Every two years a small group of wonderfully talented, hugely successful American millionaire golfers have to line up like schoolboys to explain why they are no good and why they don’t get on as well as their European counterparts.

That has been the scenario after eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups but, despite the myriad inquests, they seem no nearer understanding the reasons than 20 years ago when none of the current group were even involved.

Sep 28, 2014

American team player ratings at the Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – How the American captain and players performed in the 40th Ryder Cup:

Tom Watson. Captain.

Twenty one years after his first appearance as captain Watson at times looked and sounded like an old man struggling to keep up with his grandchildren and that lack of connection with his team appeared apparent in many of his actions.

Sep 28, 2014

Mickelson slams Watson’s captaincy strategy

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson launched a scathing attack on Tom Watson after the United States went down to another Ryder Cup defeat on Sunday, saying his captain had not engaged with the players and should have stuck with the system that worked in 2008.

That victory under Paul Azinger was one of only two in the last 10 editions and those involved were particularly happy with his “pod” system, whereby players were split into groups of three or four who practiced and played together.

Sep 28, 2014

Ruthless Europe retain iron grip on Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Europe maintained their Ryder Cup stranglehold over the United States with a crushing five-point victory on Sunday as rookie Jamie Donaldson had the honour of securing the decisive point to make it eight wins in the last 10 matches.

Starting the day 10-6 up, Europe needed four points to retain the trophy they won after coming back from the same score two years ago and got there with plenty to spare, winning the singles battle 6-1/2 – 5-1/2 for an overall 16-1/2 – 11-1/2 victory.

Sep 28, 2014

Donaldson seals Ryder Cup glory for dominant Europe

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Rookie Jamie Donaldson struck the shot of a lifetime to secure a singles win over Keegan Bradley on Sunday and take Europe to victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup for the eighth time in 10 years.

The holders were assured of retaining the trophy when Donaldson moved four up with four to play but he then hit a stunning approach to within two feet on the 15th and Bradley, some distance away, duly conceded the putt, the match and the Ryder Cup.

Sep 27, 2014

Meticulous McGinley reveals plans behind Europe’s points

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Paul McGinley on Saturday gave a fascinating insight into the wide-ranging thought and planning he has put into building Europe’s players and partnerships into a team now on the verge of yet another Ryder Cup victory.

McGinley has plotted since the day he was named captain 18 months ago and so far it has paid off spectacularly as Europe built a 10-6 lead on the back of successive dominant displays in foursomes, the alternate-shot format that demands teamwork.

Sep 27, 2014

Golf-Weary Watson left reeling as his plans backfire

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 27 (Reuters) – If Tom Watson needed an early night after Friday’s Ryder Cup setback he is going to need medicinal fortification on Saturday after another foursomes drubbing that left his U.S. team 10-6 down.

Watson looked every day of his 65 years on Friday evening, struggling to sound enthusiastic after Europe’s record 3-1/2 – 1/2 foursomes win and, despite a brief morning rally, he was again left searching for answers when Europe repeated the emphatic scoreline 24 hours later.

Sep 27, 2014

Watson left groping for answers as plans backfire

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – If Tom Watson needed an early night after Friday’s Ryder Cup setback he is going to need medicinal fortification on Saturday after another foursomes drubbing that left his U.S. team 10-6 down and his captaincy decisions shredded from all sides.

Watson looked every day of his 65 years on Friday evening, struggling to sound enthusiastic after Europe’s record 3-1/2 – 1/2 foursomes win and, despite a brief morning rally, he was again left searching for answers when Europe repeated the emphatic scoreline 24 hours later.

Sep 27, 2014

Rose and Stenson win record-breaking classic

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson reeled off a record 10 successive birdies to win a fourball encounter against Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar that will go down as one of the greatest games in the competition’s 87-year history on Saturday.

The European duo, who were impressive in winning both their matches on Friday, reached a whole new level in perfect conditions on Saturday to win 3 & 2 on the 16th with another record 12-under par score.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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