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Sep 26, 2014

Rookies Reed, Spieth put U.S. on top at Ryder Cup

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – United States, inspired by a brilliant display from rookie duo Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth, led by 2-1/2 points to 1-1/2 after a topsy-turvy opening fourballs session in the 40th Ryder Cup on Friday.

Holders Europe, helped by a magical stroke from Sergio Garcia who holed out from a greenside bunker at the fourth, held the upper hand early on but the visitors fought back strongly as the gusting winds picked up speed.

Sep 26, 2014

Europe on top in early Ryder Cup skirmishes

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The European team, helped by a magical stroke from Sergio Garcia, held the upper hand early in the opening fourballs at the 40th Ryder Cup on Friday.

The holders led in two of the four matches and were all square in another, with the only sign on the leaderboard of United States red colours coming from rookie pair Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Sep 25, 2014

McIlroy/Garcia pairing looks formidable: Jacklin

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The U.S. will deserve to win the Ryder Cup if they can topple the formidable fourballs pairing of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia on Friday, according to Europe’s most decorated captain Tony Jacklin.

The 70-year-old Englishman believes the new Northern Irish-Spanish combination, which takes on American powerhouses Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the opening-day fourballs, can turn into one of the most powerful partnerships of all time.

Sep 25, 2014

Golf-McIlroy/Garcia pairing looks formidable – Jacklin

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. will deserve to win the Ryder Cup if they can topple the formidable fourballs pairing of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia on Friday, according to Europe’s most decorated captain Tony Jacklin.

The 70-year-old Englishman believes the new Northern Irish-Spanish combination, which takes on American powerhouses Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the opening-day fourballs, can turn into one of the most powerful partnerships of all time.

Sep 25, 2014

Aching Simpson desperate to avenge Medinah misery

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Webb Simpson is so desperate to avenge the U.S. Ryder Cup capitulation two years ago that he was pleading for a pick from Tom Watson at 4:30am on the day the captain named his selections.

The former U.S. Open champion said on Thursday that he felt he needed to plead his case for a wildcard because of the amount of options Watson had for the biennial match against holders Europe.

Sep 25, 2014

Kaymer says Langer helped him get used to life in jungle

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – A few sage words of advice from 2004 European captain Bernhard Langer helped Martin Kaymer get used to life in the Ryder Cup “jungle” after a jittery debut, the U.S. Open champion said on Thursday.

The young German told a news conference that he was taken aback when he first experienced the electric atmosphere and hurly-burly of the biennial match against the United States at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010.

Sep 25, 2014

Poulter the Ryder Cup demon is scary sight for his kids

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Ian Poulter has become the leader of the pack for Europe in recent years and says even his own kids are frightened when they see him transform into a fist-pumping, eye-popping Ryder Cup demon.

The proud Englishman now holds the torch once carried so memorably by Ryder Cup greats like Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie and his 80 percent winning record in the biennial team event is beyond compare.

Sep 24, 2014

Trick shots and wise-cracks as Ryder Cup teams delight crowds

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – It was almost the calm before the storm on Wednesday as the European and U.S. Ryder Cup teams joked and wise-cracked their way through a light-hearted practice session.

With two days to go before golf’s biggest grudge match gets underway with Friday morning’s opening fourball matches, a sizeable crowd was treated to dazzling sunshine at a picturesque PGA Centenary Course layout and some extraordinary trick shots.

Sep 24, 2014

Mickelson’s cheeky jibe at McIlroy and McDowell

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – A relaxed Phil Mickelson had his audience rolling in the aisles on Wednesday as he discussed a variety of Ryder Cup topics including an issue involving European team mates Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

The man described by captain Tom Watson as the U.S. team’s cheerleader, the five-times major winner could not resist a cheeky jibe at McIlroy who is in the middle of a legal row with former management group Horizon, a camp that McDowell still belongs to.

Sep 24, 2014

Deputy Smyth thrilled to be back in Ryder Cup fold

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – Des Smyth was shocked to be invited into the European Ryder Cup team room after an eight-year absence and now that he is back the Irishman wants to soak up every drop of excitement, he said on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old, who was last involved as a vice-captain under the triumphant Ian Woosnam at the K Club in Ireland in 2006, said he had to pinch himself when he was asked by skipper Paul McGinley to act as one of his five deputies this week.

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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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