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Sep 23, 2014

McIlroy will love being top dog, says mind coach

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The U.S. team have made no secret of the fact they are gunning for Rory McIlroy at this week’s Ryder Cup but the world number one will lap up the challenge, according to his mind coach Dr Bob Rotella.

Visiting captain Tom Watson told reporters on Monday that it always boosts the confidence of a side “whenever you beat the stud on the opposing team”.

Sep 23, 2014

Dubuisson brings some ‘je ne sais quoi’ to Ryder Cup week

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Enigmatic French rookie Victor Dubuisson has already brought a sense of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to this week’s Ryder Cup countdown — and it applies as much to his European team mates as it does to everyone else.

Dubuisson was catapulted on to the world stage after eclipsing the likes of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose to land his first European Tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open in November.

Sep 23, 2014

McDowell hints at fourballs break-up with pal McIlroy

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has given a strong hint that his Ryder Cup fourballs partnership with world number one Rory McIlroy is a thing of the past.

There has been much media speculation suggesting the two Northern Irish friends are not as close as they were, mainly because of the court case surrounding McIlroy’s split from the Horizon management camp the pair once shared.

Sep 23, 2014

European team as strong as it’s ever been, says Westwood

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Former world number one Lee Westwood will be appearing in his ninth successive Ryder Cup contest this week and says the European team is as powerful as any of the other eight he has been involved with.

Europe have won seven of the last nine editions and, with four of the top six players in the world rankings included in this year’s side, it is little wonder they are regarded as the favorites to triumph again.

Sep 23, 2014

Seve is still a huge inspiration for Europe, says Bjorn

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Pictures and quotes of Seve Ballesteros are dotted around this week’s Ryder Cup venue and ensure he remains a galvanizing influence on Europe’s team three years after his death, said Thomas Bjorn.

Bjorn, back in the side this week after a 12-year absence, said the charismatic Spaniard was still as much of a driving force now as he was in eight Ryder Cups as a player between 1979-1995 and as a victorious captain on home soil in Valderrama in 1997.

Sep 22, 2014

Ryder Cup players must leave egos behind : Rotella

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The 24 players in this week’s Ryder Cup must leave their egos at the front gate and focus on the needs of their respective teams, according to one of golf’s top psychologists Dr Bob Rotella.

The 65-year-old American, who boasts world number one and European team leader Rory McIlroy as a client, believes the stigma attached to being part of a losing team is hard to bear.

Sep 22, 2014

Golf-Ryder Cup players must leave egos behind – Rotella

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The 24 players in this week’s Ryder Cup must leave their egos at the front gate and focus on the needs of their respective teams, according to one of golf’s top psychologists Dr Bob Rotella.

The 65-year-old American, who boasts world number one and European team leader Rory McIlroy as a client, believes the stigma attached to being part of a losing team is hard to bear.

Sep 22, 2014

Beware glint in Watson’s eye, McGinley warns Europe

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the strongest assembled by Europe but he will be mindful this week of the special influence rival captain Tom Watson can exert on his United States side.

Holders Europe are considered the favorites to win the 40th edition of the biennial team event especially as they boast four of the top six players in the world rankings and have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups.

Sep 22, 2014

Ryder Cup: Beware glint in Watson’s eye, warns Europe

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Paul McGinley rates his Ryder Cup team as one of the strongest assembled by Europe but he will be mindful this week of the special influence rival captain Tom Watson can extert on his United States side.

Holders Europe are considered the favourites to win the 40th edition of the biennial team event especially as they boast four of the top six players in the world rankings and have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups.

Sep 18, 2014

Jacklin urges McGinley to go with gut instincts

LONDON (Reuters) – Tony Jacklin, the most decorated European Ryder Cup captain of all time, has urged Paul McGinley to go with his gut instincts when the Irishman leads the holders into battle against the U.S. at Gleneagles later this month.

Jacklin was an inspirational general between 1983-89, winning two and tying one of his four matches in charge as Europe ended a 28-year American stranglehold on the biennial team event.

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      "I am a senior sub-editor on the Reuters Sports Desk who often works as the chief sub-editor. I also have responsibility for the European golf file and among the tournaments I have covered this year are the Ryder Cup and British Open."
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