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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.

Sep 18, 2014

Inspiration and momentum all important: Jacklin

LONDON (Reuters) – Match-play golf is nigh on impossible to predict and it is flashes of inspiration and key momentum shifts that often decide the destiny of the Ryder Cup, according to former captain Tony Jacklin.

The 70-year-old Englishman, Europe’s most successful skipper having registered two wins and one tie in his four matches in charge between 1983-89, says it is the unsung heroes who regularly come to the fore in the biennial clash between Europe and the United States.

Sep 18, 2014

Golf-Inspiration and momentum all important – Jacklin

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Match-play golf is nigh on impossible to predict and it is flashes of inspiration and key momentum shifts that often decide the destiny of the Ryder Cup, according to former captain Tony Jacklin.

The 70-year-old Englishman, Europe’s most successful skipper having registered two wins and one tie in his four matches in charge between 1983-89, says it is the unsung heroes who regularly come to the fore in the biennial clash between Europe and the United States.

Sep 12, 2014

Woosnam surprised by McGinley’s five-deputy move

LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Ian Woosnam is bemused by European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley’s decision to opt for five vice-captains instead of the usual four and believes it could betray a sign of weakness.

McGinley raised a few eyebrows last week when he drafted in 2012 captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Padraig Harrington and Miguel Angel Jimenez to join Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his deputies for the biennial team event at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28.

Sep 9, 2014

Europe’s team matches vintage ’87 crop : Torrance

LONDON (Reuters) – Ryder Cup hero Sam Torrance believes this year’s European team is as strong as the side featuring greats like Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer that won on U.S. soil for the first time in 1987.

Torrance, who holed the putt at The Belfry in 1985 that ended a 28-year American stranglehold on the trophy and also captained Europe to victory at the same venue in 2002, cannot wait to see the current crop of players in action at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28.

Sep 9, 2014

Golf-Europe’s team matches vintage ’87 crop – Torrance

LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Ryder Cup hero Sam Torrance believes this year’s European team is as strong as the side featuring greats like Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer that won on U.S. soil for the first time in 1987.

Torrance, who holed the putt at The Belfry in 1985 that ended a 28-year American stranglehold on the trophy and also captained Europe to victory at the same venue in 2002, cannot wait to see the current crop of players in action at Gleneagles from Sept. 26-28.

Sep 3, 2014

‘Lucky’ McGinley picks Westwood, Poulter, Gallacher

LONDON (Reuters) – Paul McGinley called himself “a very lucky man” after Europe’s Ryder Cup captain dipped into an overflowing selection box before opting for Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wildcard picks on Tuesday.

The trio join automatic qualifiers Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell in a 12-man team for the Sept. 26-28 matches against the United States.

Sep 2, 2014

Interview – Jacklin thrilled rookie Gallacher proved him wrong

LONDON (Reuters) – Former captain Tony Jacklin is delighted Ryder Cup rookie Stephen Gallacher made him eat his words by securing a place in Europe’s team for the showdown with the United States in Scotland this month.

Jacklin, Europe’s most successful skipper of all time having won two matches, tied one and lost one, told Reuters at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May that he thought the 39-year-old Scot was “a bit iffy sometimes” and “a bit tender-minded”.

Sep 2, 2014

Golf-Ryder Cup joy for veteran Westwood and rookie Gallacher

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Former world number one Lee Westwood breathed a huge sigh of relief after being handed a wildcard pick by Europe captain Paul McGinley for this month’s Ryder Cup against the United States.

The 41-year-old Englishman will be making his ninth consecutive appearance in the biennial team event and only three Europeans have played in more Ryder Cups – Nick Faldo (11), Bernhard Langer (10) and Christy O’Connor senior (10).

Sep 2, 2014

Golf: Jacklin thrilled rookie Gallacher proved him wrong

LONDON (Reuters) – Former captain Tony Jacklin is delighted Ryder Cup rookie Stephen Gallacher made him eat his words by securing a place in Europe’s team for the showdown with the United States in Scotland this month.

Jacklin, Europe’s most successful skipper of all time having won two matches, tied one and lost one, told Reuters at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May that he thought the 39-year-old Scot was “a bit iffy sometimes” and “a bit tender-minded”.

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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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