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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.

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.

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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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