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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 24 (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 Trafford, gave the team a pep-talk on Tuesday night and McIlroy, a United fan, said it was the highlight of his week so far.
GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Bubba Watson played down his newly-acquired “big dog” epithet on Tuesday and said he was ready to curb his exuberance if he felt it could help his American team deal with what is likely to be a red-hot Ryder Cup atmosphere this week.
Earlier on Tuesday United States captain Tom Watson said the big-hitting two-times Masters winner would probably be the man the Europeans would most like to beat, just as his team have their crosshairs firmly fixed on Ian Poulter.
GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Alex Ferguson was on Tuesday unmasked as the man Europe captain Paul McGinley has asked to address his team on the eve of the Ryder Cup but the former Manchester United manager will be leaving his hair dryer at home.
McGinley had said previously that he had a big name in the pipeline but the secret was let out when Ferguson was seen on the course on Tuesday morning.
LONDON (Reuters) – The Royal & Ancient golf club’s decision to allow women members after 260 years on Thursday has been widely welcomed within and beyond the game.
Here are a selection of reactions to the vote, which was passed with an 85 percent majority: