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Paul Azinger's brilliant bunker shot at the Belfry in 2002 ultimately wasn't enough to help his team to victoryRyder Cup Best Shots Countdown: #8 Paul Azinger
Proceedings were tied at eight points apiece before the Sunday singles in the 2002 Ryder Cup at The Belfry.
Europe shot out of the blocks, winning four and a half points from the first six matches, meaning the USA were on very thin ice.
Niclas Fasth needed a point to secure victory, and was one up in his match against Paul Azinger, who was in the greenside bunker at 18.
Azinger played in the week’s first game with Tiger Woods in the fourballs and won it but then did not play again until the Sunday singles.
He needed to hit the perfect bunker shot to stay alive on the 18th hole against Fasth and he did just that.
He landed his ball in the fringe and watched on as it rolled into the cup, to keep American hopes alive.
Sadly for the Americans, it wouldn’t be enough.
That was one of five halves on Sunday as Europe won the singles 7.5 – 4.5, meaning they won 15.5 – 12.5.
Watch the shot (and the four celebratory high fives with his caddie) here…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 15 Paul Casey 2006

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 15 Paul Casey 2006
First up in our Ryder Cup countdown of…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 14 Sam Torrance 1985

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 14 Sam Torrance 1985
Sam Torrance's Ryder Cup winning putt in 1985…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 13 Howard Clark 1995

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 13 Howard Clark 1995
Next up in our countdown is Howard Clark's…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 12 Rory McIlroy 2016

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 12 Rory McIlroy 2016
In arguably the greatest ever Ryder Cup match,…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 11 Jamie Donaldson 2014

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 11 Jamie Donaldson 2014
Back in 2014, Jamie Donaldson sealed the Cup…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 10 Ian Poulter

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 10 Ian Poulter
We look back at Ian Poulter's stunning putt…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 9 Eamonn Darcy

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 9 Eamonn Darcy
Eamonn Darcy's nerveless putt to beat Ben Crenshaw…
For the latest Ryder Cup news, check the Golf Monthly website and follow our social media channels
This article Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: #8 Paul Azinger appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Check out the latest woods that Titleist has on offerWhich Titleist Woods Are Right For Me?
With Titleist, it’s a choice between the TS2 and TS3 fairway woods, and 818H1 and 818H2 hybrids, plus there’s the Titleist 718-MB iron to consider.
Here’s an overview of the current line-up of Titleist woods. Be sure to check out the links through to our reviews to find out more about the technology and how this may help your game.
Titleist Woods RangeTitleist TS2 Fairway 
Price: £299Key Technology:
27 per cent thinner steel crown allows for increased MOI
Taller ARC 3.0 behind face to increase launch and ball speed while keeping spin low
Features SureFit hosel to adjust loft and lie angle independentlyBUY NOW: Titleist TS2 Fairway from American Golf for £269Titleist TS3 Fairway
Price: £299Key Technology:
27 per cent thinner steel crown allows for increased MOI
Taller ARC 3.0 behind face to increase launch and ball speed while keeping spin low
TS3 smaller shape than TS2
Features adjustable SureFit CG and SureFit hosel, which adjusts loft and lie angle independentlyBUY NOW: Titleist TS3 Fairway from American Golf for £269Titleist 818H1 Hybrid  
Price: £255Key Technology:
SureFit Hosel provides 16 different loft and lie settings, plus shot-shaping accuracy of SureFit CG
10 per cent increase in MOI from predecessor offering greater forgiveness and stability
Active Recoil Channel 2.0 generates faster ball speeds through improved channel and flexing polymer insertTitleist 818H1 Hybrid ReviewVerdict: Whether you are regular hybrid user or someone who has tended to drift towards long irons, there is something for you within the new range of Titleist 818 hybrids. The two shapes are quite different but both are easy to hit, offer plenty of forgiveness and launch on a good trajectory. The moveable centre off gravity technology is also very useful if you have a bad shot you want to guard against. The good news is that the technology and design skill here has been aimed squarely at help golfers with one of the toughest areas of the game – approaching greens from distanceWill Suit: The slightly larger head will give a confidence boost at address for those who struggle in this departmentBUY NOW: Titleist 818H1 Hybrid from American Golf for £229Titleist 818H2 Hybrid  
Price: £255Key Technology:
SureFit Hosel provides 16 different loft and lie settings, plus shot-shaping accuracy of SureFit CG
10 per cent increase in MOI from predecessor offering greater forgiveness and stability
Active Recoil Channel 2.0 generates faster ball speeds through improved channel and flexing polymer insert
Smaller head than 818H1Titleist 818H2 Hybrid ReviewVerdict: Whether you are regular hybrid user or someone who has tended to drift towards long irons, there is something for you within the new range of Titleist 818 hybrids. The two shapes are quite different but both are easy to hit, offer plenty of forgiveness and launch on a good trajectory. The moveable centre off gravity technology is also very useful if you have a bad shot you want to guard against. The good news is that the technology and design skill here has been aimed squarely at help golfers with one of the toughest areas of the game – approaching greens from distanceWill Suit: Those who have traditionally leant towards long ironsBUY NOW: Titleist 818H2 Hybrid from American Golf for £229Titleist 718 T-MB Irons  
Price: £230 per club, £255 (graphite)Key Technology:
Hollow-back construction with thin, unsupported L-Face insert allows face to flex more at impact, increasing launch and speed for more distance
Average 93.9g tungsten highlighted by the brown sections on the sole, optimises launch and spin to produce higher shots that go far and land soft
High-MOI design increases off-centre ball speed and accuracy for forgiveness while delivering stability and feelTitleist 718 T-MB Irons ReviewVerdict: Initially developed as a high launching, player’s long iron, the hollow-body, multi-material design of T-MB produces a powerful combination of high launch and forgiveness with a playable trajectoryWill Suit: Confident ball strikersBUY NOW: Titleist 718 T-MB Irons from American Golf for £1610
Which Titleist woods will suit your game? We’ll bring you more on the latest range to help you make that decision.
This article Which Titleist Woods Are Right For Me? appeared first on Golf Monthly.

24 players tee it up in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, but how did they qualify?How To Qualify For The Ryder Cup
The 42nd Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National where the USA will be defending the trophy after beating Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine two years ago.
Both Team Europe and Team USA each have 12 players, but how did they qualify?How To Qualify For The Ryder Cup
Each side contains 12 players and for the the first time this year, each team was made up of eight automatic qualifiers and four wildcard picks.
How to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team
Firstly, to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team, you must be a member of the European Tour. That’s because the European Tour run the European side of things, whilst the PGA of America organise things across the pond.
You may remember that Paul Casey re-joined the European Tour for 2018 in a bid to qualify for the side, he was previously unavailable for the 2016 and 2014 matches due to the fact that he only carried a PGA Tour card.
The European automatic qualifiers are made up of four from the World Points list and four from the European Points list.
European Points are earned via the Race to Dubai, which offers points in all European Tour events as well as the four majors and four WGCs.Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood were the four qualifiers via the European Points.
The other four players in the team come from the World Points list, where points are earned from Official World Golf Ranking points which are on offer at all events including on the PGA Tour.
The four World Points qualifiers were Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen.
The remaining four places are reserved for wildcard picks from the Captain. Thomas Bjorn‘s four wildcards for 2018 were Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter.

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Ryder Cup TV Coverage 2018

Ryder Cup TV Coverage 2018
Sky Sports will be showing the Ryder Cup…

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2018 Ryder Cup First Tee To Be Biggest Ever

2018 Ryder Cup First Tee To Be Biggest Ever
The grandstand for this year's Ryder Cup in…

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Whose Ball Is Used In Foursomes At The Ryder Cup?

Whose Ball Is Used In Foursomes At The Ryder Cup?
A big issue when it comes to the…

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Ryder Cup Tee Times And Pairings 2018

Ryder Cup Tee Times And Pairings 2018
Check out who is playing with who and…
How to qualify for the USA Ryder Cup team
The USA Ryder Cup team qualification process is much simpler because all of their players play on the PGA Tour, as oppose to Europe where much of the team is competing on both sides of the Atlantic.
Here is how the USA points are earned:
Regular PGA Tour events – 1 point = $1,000
Majors – 2 points per $1,000 for the winner, 1.5 points per $1,000 for those who make the cut
The top USA qualifiers were (in order): Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.
Jim Furyk then chose Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau as his four wildcards.
The Ryder Cup takes place between Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September.
For the latest Ryder Cup news, check the Golf Monthly website and follow our social media channels
This article How To Qualify For The Ryder Cup appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Check out the latest irons that Ping has on offerWhich Ping Irons Are Right For Me?
Ping’s irons range is an extensive one, with every skill level catered for, from game improvers and beginners, to more experienced players, single figure handicappers and professionals.
Getting fit for Ping irons is an enjoyable experience and, once you have the set that’s right for your swing, the game will be even more enjoyable, too.
Here’s an overview of the current line-up. Be sure to click the links through to our reviews, which will help you make a decision on which Ping irons are right for your game.
Ping Irons RangePing i210 Irons  
Price: £126 (per club in steel, £136 in graphite)Key Technology:
Larger, softer elastomer insert in compact head activates for unprecedented feel
Machined face and grooves help provide impact consistency and distance precision
Hot, forgiving long irons and precise, controlled mid and short ironsPing i210 Irons ReviewVerdict: Provides improvements across the board over i200. We found it to be easier to hit well, which improved our distance and accuracy, while the feel and look has also improved. This iron is ideal for the better player who wants the extra forgiveness a cavity back iron provides over a muscleback, but still in a compact packageWill Suit: More competent ball strikersBUY NOW: Ping i210 Irons from American Golf for £759Ping i500 Irons
Price: £149 (per club in steel, £159 graphite)Key Technology:
Forged C300 maraging-steel face and hinged cavity create provide speed, power and distance
Face and grooves precision-milled for consistent ball speeds and reliable ball striking
HydroPearl Chrome 2.0 finish ensures impact consistency and distance controlPing i500 Irons ReviewVerdict: A beautiful looking iron from every angle that delivers the consistent speed and forgiveness club golfers are looking for. The look in the bag is what average golfers aspire to play, while the option of different specs as well as the comprehensive shaft range means nearly every ability of player can find a combination to suit their needsWill Suit: A wide range of abilitiesBUY NOW: Ping i500 Irons from American Golf for £929Ping G700 Irons  
Price: £149 per clubKey Technology:
Hollow-body construction provides metal-wood-like flexing and high COR to increase ball speed
C300 maraging steel increases ball speed and distance
Low and extreme heel-toe perimeter weighting ensures high inertia and tightens dispersion
Sole width, bounce and offset allow for better turf interaction to improve ball strikingPing G700 Irons ReviewVerdict: The Ping G700 has clearly been designed to help the average player and our testing shows that it provides ample forgiveness as well as a high ball flight with good, consistent distance. It is forgiving through the turf and also looks great in the bagWill Suit: Mid-to-high handicappers who struggle with inconsistent ball strikingBUY NOW: Ping G700 Irons from American Golf for £949Ping G400 Irons  
Price: £110 per clubKey Technology:
Face-flexing technology launches the ball faster and higher to give tour-level distance and stopping power
COR-Eye Technology and top rail undercut launch shots high and far
Hydropearl Chrome Finish reduces turf friction to improve launch and spinPing G400 Irons ReviewVerdict: In the G400 iron, Ping has created what feels like a faster, more forgiving iron that will stop quickly on the green but still give the mid-to-high handicapper the distance and accuracy they need while also looking great in the bagWill Suit: Mid to high handicappersBUY NOW: Ping G400 Irons from American Golf for £489.99Ping i200 Irons
Price: £120 (per club in steel, £130 in graphite)Key Technology:
30% thinner than predecessor, creating a faster hitting surface for more distance and tour-level gapping
Resultant weight savings redistributed to hosel and toe to elevate MOI for added forgiveness
Muscle-stabilizing bar and tuning port harmonize with the face. Elastomer insert activates at impact, damping vibration for soft feel
Contoured lead edge encourages smooth turf interactionPing i200 Irons ReviewVerdict: The i200 takes elements of the iBlade and adds some of its own performance-enhancing technology to make it a prospect with much wider appeal. Single-figure golfers up to mid or maybe even high teen handicaps could potentially enjoy the compact profile that aids playability, but without losing out on forgivenessWill Suit: A wide spectrum of abilitiesPing iBlade Irons  
Price: £799.99Key Technology:
Activated Elastomer behind face saves weight to aid forgiveness and dampen vibration
Heavier ‘near pure’ tungsten weights in toe raises the MOI for improved forgivenessWill Suit: Top level ball strikers looking to shape shots on demandBUY NOW: Ping iBlade Irons from American Golf for £799.99Ping G Le Combo Irons
Price: £679.99Key Technology:
COR-Eye Technology acts like a springboard and increases flexing in the face
Simultaneous gains in ball speed and shot height help ball carry fartherWill Suit: Lady golfers and/or those with slower than average swing speedsBUY NOW: Ping G Le Irons from American Golf for £679.99Ping G400 Crossover Irons  
Price: £200 per clubKey Technology:
Maraging C300 steel face promotes fast ball speeds, higher launch and more stopping power
Tungsten toe weight increases forgiveness
Bounce and camber reduced to thin sole for more consistent turf interaction and increased forgiveness
Premium Hydropearl Chrome finish reduces friction
Forward CG helps create less shot bend and improves spin consistency for straighter, more stable trajectoriesPing G400 Crossover Irons ReviewVerdict: A solid performer that looks and play like an iron but offers the ball speed, flight and forgiveness of a hybrid. In the different lofts available, golfers of all skill levels should be able to find a G400 Crossover that fits the gap in their bag nicely and helps them hit all the shots they needWill Suit: A wide range of golfers, such is its versatilityBUY NOW: Ping G400 Crossover Irons from American Golf for £189.99
Keep up to date with all the latest gear news online and via our social media channels.
This article Which Ping Irons Are Right For Me? appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Check out the latest shoes from FootJoy Which FootJoy Shoes Are Right For Me?
In order to help answer that question, we have reviewed some of the most popular FootJoy shoes on the market.
There has never been more choice, that’s for certain. A whole range of styles are available, so we’ve taken a look at the current line-up to help your decision making. Be sure you click the links to read the full FootJoy shoes reviews.
FootJoy Shoes RangeFootJoy Arc SL Shoe
 Price: £100Key Technology:Active Response Cushioning offers high levels of comfort
TPU performance spikeless outsole provides on and off-course versatility
SofCollar hugs foot, supports ankle and helps secure golfer throughout swing
Leather uppers come with one-year waterproof guaranteeFootJoy Arc SL Shoe ReviewVerdict: This is an athletic shoe that will appeal to golfers looking for a simple, modern design; one that doesn’t go overboard with its eye-catching features but has sporty elements that widen the appeal. If you’re after a spikeless offering that performs but also keeps your spend to a minimum, this is definitely one to tryWill Suit: Golfers seeking spikeless comfort and performance on a modest budgetBUY NOW: FootJoy Arc SL Shoes from American Golf for £99.99FootJoy Tour S Shoe
Price: £220 (BOA £230)Key Technology:Wider cleat positioning to maximise ground force for power and control
Dual-density fit bed, soft foam collar and EVA tongue aid comfort and stability
A carbon fibre piece in centre of outsole provides stability in a lighter way
Power Strap on upper helps keep feet in placeFootJoy Tour S Shoe ReviewVerdict: An impressive, all-round package that delivers golf-specific performance while being surprisingly comfortable as a walking shoe. There are softer, more comfortable shoes in FJ’s 2018 range, but none provide the total performance of Tour S. The attention to detail, premium materials and modern styling mean there is still good value in your £220 investmentWill Suit: Serious golfers looking for the full packageBUY NOW: FootJoy Tour S Shoes from American Golf for £199.99FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoe
Price: £175Key Technology:
New outsole design for more stability in heel
Broader heel platform allows wider spread of cleats for maximum grip
38 per cent more structured than D.N.A. 2.0FootJoy D.N.A. Helix ReviewVerdict: As pleasurable a walking shoe as it is a performance shoe when you swing, with the extra width of the cleats seemingly enabling you to use the ground more effectively. It’s not rigid by any means – there’s plenty of movement of the outsole where you need it – but the cleats just give you more confidence when really going after a shot, while also being green friendlyWill Suit: Golfers who want a light, cleated shoe but require more supportBUY NOW: FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoes from American Golf for £148.95FootJoy Pro/SL Shoe
 Price: £140 (BOA £155)Key Technology:Perimeter weighted outsole for stability and lightweight comfort
Laser Plus Last offers full rounded toe character
3-piece outsole combines two blends of Fine Tuned Foam (FTF) for cushioning and stability TPU molded sole for traction and versatilityFootJoy Pro/SL Shoe ReviewVerdict: Those who try a pair of the new Pro/SL shoes in the shop will unlikely want to opt for anything else. They’re comfy and they look great, no question, but out on the course this is matched by the all-round performance including a hint of stability that gives you a little more control of your movement during the swingWill Suit: Golfers looking for a spikeless model that provides simple comfort and stability without a hefty price tagBUY NOW: FootJoy Pro/SL Shoes from American Golf for £99.99
FootJoy Sport SL Women
Price: £110 (BOA £130)Key Technology:
EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) Fit-Beds provide lightweight cushioning underfoot
BreathEasy engineered mesh offers lightweight comfort and durability
Outsole pods ensure slip free round with turf gripping tractionBUY NOW: FootJoy Sport SL Women from American Golf for £70
FootJoy DryJoys For Women
Price: £130 (BOA £150)Key Technology:
Soft Duramax outsole provides flexability and comfort
Fiberglass composite support bridge provides mid-foot stability
Flex zone enhances flexibility and ensures maximum ground contact
Pulsar cleats feature provide turf grip and walking comfort with radiused legs for extra durabilityBUY NOW: FootJoy DryJoys For Women from American Golf for £65
FootJoy Leisure Women
Price: £95Key Technology:
Duramax outsole provides flexibility, comfort, turf gripping performance and durability
Breathable Sports Mesh Linings
BreathEasy engineered mesh offers lightweight comfort and durabilityBUY NOW: FootJoy Leisure Women from American Golf for £65
Keep up to date with all the latest gear news online and via our social media channels.
This article Which FootJoy Shoes Are Right For Me? appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Thomas Bjorn is captain of the 2018 Ryder Cup side but who will be Europe's captain in 2020? We take a look. Possible European 2020 Ryder Cup Captains
With Thomas Bjørn captaining the European Ryder Cup team in 2018 at Le Golf National, plans are already being made for the event taking place in 2020 at Whistling Straits. In this piece Matt Cradock takes a look at who could be the captain for the European team for the match in Wisconsin.Lee Westwood
The 45-year-old has played in every single Ryder Cup from 1997 to 2016, however a disappointing run of results meant his chances of playing in the 2018 event were always slim.
We will however see him as vice captain having been chosen by Thomas Bjørn and he will bring huge experience to the role.
Considering only Sir Nick Faldo has played more matches at the Ryder Cup, Westwood is a dead cert to be a future captain and only time will tell if that honour will be in 2020.
Westwood will be taking up a different role this year (Getty Images)Padraig Harrington
Ireland’s Padraig Harrington will be making his third appearance as vice captain at the 2018 Ryder Cup.
A previous player in six Ryder Cups, Harrington would bring a wealth of experience and his own distinctive character to the captains role. Given he is a three-time Major winner, Harrington is clearly one of the favourites for the top job in 2020.
Harrington conducing vice-captaincy duties (Getty Images)

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Where Is The Ryder Cup in 2020?

Where Is The Ryder Cup in 2020?
The 2020 Ryder Cup visits one of the…

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Where Is The Ryder Cup In 2022?

Where Is The Ryder Cup In 2022?
Where will the Ryder Cup be held once…

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Best Shots In Ryder Cup History

Best Shots In Ryder Cup History
Golf Monthly looks back at some of the…

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Ryder Cup TV Coverage 2018

Ryder Cup TV Coverage 2018
Sky Sports will be showing the Ryder Cup…
Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Jimenez has played in four Ryder Cups and has been a vice-captain in 2012 and 2014, two events where Europe emerged as winners.
However, given the calibre of some of the other candidates up for the role, the appointment of Jimenez would be surprising especially for the 2020 event.
Jimenez celebrates in 2014. (Getty Images)Luke Donald
Like Jimenez, Donald has also played in four Ryder Cups and compiled a brilliant record of 10 wins, four losses and one half.
At only 40-years old, he would be an incredibly young captain but his playing career has taken a downward turn thanks to constant back injuries.
Bearing this in mind it is probably more likely to see Donald in a captaincy role, rather than a playing one in 2020, however after seeing Tiger Woods’ return it shows it can be done.
Regardless, the Englishman will making his vice captain debut at this years Ryder Cup.
Donald has had an injury hit season (Getty Images)Paul Lawrie
Our final possible selection is Scot Paul Lawrie. A vice-captain for the 2016 event and a player in two Ryder Cups, the 1999 Open Champion could well be a surprise selection as the 2020 captain or possibly another event in the future.
Lawrie in 2016 (Getty Images)
With golfs biggest event just around the corner it is set to be one of the best and exciting Ryder Cups in history.
Don’t forget to follow Golf Monthly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest Ryder Cup news.
This article Possible European 2020 Ryder Cup Captains appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Jim Furyk may be the 2018 captain, but who will take up the role in 2020? We take a look at the candidates. Possible USA 2020 Ryder Cup Captains
The 2018 Ryder Cup is about to begin but we would not be surprised if plans were already being made to decide the captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup which will be held at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, USA. Below Matt Cradock takes a look at some of the candidates that could be awarded the role for the 2020 event.Fred Couples
Former world number one Couples is one of the favourites to take up the role.
He played in five Ryder Cups and has served as vice-captain at the 2012 edition too.
He also has Presidents Cup experience, captaining the side on three occasions from 2009 to 2013. He then served as a vice in 2015 and 2017 so it would not be surprising if he gets selected as the next Ryder Cup captain.
Couples in 2012 (Getty Images)Steve Stricker
A player at three Ryder Cups, Stricker has a less then ideal record as a player but he clearly has a lot of experience in team events which could lead to him being captain in 2020.
He’s been vice-captain at the past two Ryder Cups and has served as vice-captain at the 2015 Presidents Cup.
Finally he got the top job for the 2017 Presidents Cup which was a comprehensive victory for the United States by 19 points to 11.
He is definitely one of the favourites to take up the role in 2020.
Steve Stricker, captain of the 2017 Presidents Cup side (Getty Images)
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European Ryder Cup Team – Le Golf National 2018

European Ryder Cup Team – Le Golf National 2018
Thomas Bjorn now has the difficult decision of…

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USA Ryder Cup Team 2018 – Le Golf National

USA Ryder Cup Team 2018 – Le Golf National
Jim Furyk's USA Ryder Cup side is complete

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Ryder Cup Tee Times And Pairings 2018

Ryder Cup Tee Times And Pairings 2018
Check out who is playing with who and…

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Ryder Cup TV Coverage 2018

Ryder Cup TV Coverage 2018
Sky Sports will be showing the Ryder Cup…
David Duval
A player in two Ryder Cups in 1999 and 2002, Duval will be making his debut as a vice-captain alongside Jim Furyk.
A former world number one and Major winner, Duval was once at the top of the game and due to this achievements he deserves to be in the conversation as a possible future Ryder Cup captain.
For 2020 though, there are probably some stronger candidates.
Duval will be making his vice captain debut in Paris (Getty Images) Phil Mickelson
The left hander will make his twelfth appearance as a player at the Ryder Cup later this year. Despite a less than ideal record, (18-20-7) Mickelson is another American who will become captain at some point in the future, but 2020 may be too soon as he will probably try and qualify for the event to make his 13th appearance.
Mickelson is playing in a record 12th Ryder Cup (Getty Images)Tiger Woods
After being announced as a vice captain previously, Wood’s has made a huge comeback and earned himself a wildcard pick for this years event.
At the start of the year captain Furyk handed the 42-year-old a vice captain role thinking Wood’s wouldn’t have recovered well enough to play. How wrong he was.
After several top 10 finishes Tiger will be back in the Ryder Cup.
He can clearly still play but it is surely only a matter of time before Woods takes up the role of captain for the event.
For 2019 he has been announced as the President’s Cup captain but it may be a few more years before he takes up the top job at the Ryder Cup.
Vice captain Woods in 2016. (Getty Images)
With golfs biggest event just around the corner it is set to be one of the best and exciting Ryder Cups in history.
Don’t forget to follow Golf Monthly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest Ryder Cup news.
This article Possible USA 2020 Ryder Cup Captains appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Eamonn Darcy's nerveless putt to beat Ben Crenshaw helped Europe to their first ever Ryder Cup victory on US soilRyder Cup Best Shots Countdown: #9 Eamonn Darcy
Eamon Darcy hadn’t recorded a single Ryder Cup point in nine attempts before his singles match with Ben Crenshaw at Muirfield Village in 1987.
The match was all square after 17, despite Crenshaw breaking his putter on the sixth hole.
Crenshaw then putted with a 1 iron for the remaining 12 holes.
The American holed a five-footer on the last, forcing Darcy to hole a putt of a similar length to win his first ever point.
Team Europe celebrate after winning 15-13. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
Darcy duly knocked it in, helping Europe to a first victory on American soil.

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 15 Paul Casey 2006

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 15 Paul Casey 2006
First up in our Ryder Cup countdown of…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 14 Sam Torrance 1985

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 14 Sam Torrance 1985
Sam Torrance's Ryder Cup winning putt in 1985…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 13 Howard Clark 1995

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 13 Howard Clark 1995
Next up in our countdown is Howard Clark's…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 12 Rory McIlroy 2016

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 12 Rory McIlroy 2016
In arguably the greatest ever Ryder Cup match,…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 11 Jamie Donaldson 2014

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 11 Jamie Donaldson 2014
Back in 2014, Jamie Donaldson sealed the Cup…

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 10 Ian Poulter

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 10 Ian Poulter
We look back at Ian Poulter's stunning putt…
For the latest Ryder Cup news, check the Golf Monthly website and follow our social media channels
This article Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: #9 Eamonn Darcy appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Next year's FedEx Cup leader will begin the Tour Championship at 10 under par and the winner will receive $15mFedEx Cup Gets Huge Overhaul For 2019
The FedEx Cup has undergone huge changes for 2019 that has seen golf’s most lucrative trophy become even more lucrative – next year’s FedEx Cup champion will pick up a staggering $15m.
That is part of an increased FedEx Cup bonus pool that has risen $25m up to a total of $60m.
Related: Tour Championship Preview & TV Times
From next year, there will be just three FedEx Cup Playoff events – The Northern Trust, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship.
The Northern Trust will feature the top 125 in the rankings then the BMW Championship will have 70 and the Tour Championship will have 30.
They’ll be done by August and that is crucial for the Tour because it means that the season will be finished before the NFL begins.
Related: Tour Championship Betting Tips
The format remains largely the same until the Tour Championship which will be like no golf event ever seen.
That’s because the PGA Tour has introduced a new staggered system where the FedEx Cup leader will begin the tournament at 10 under par, 2nd place will start at -8, 3rd -7, 4th -6, 5th -5 all the way down to 30th who will begin at level par.
Here is how it will look…
1st: -10
2nd: -8
3rd: -7
4th: -6
5th: -5
6-10th: -4
11-15th: -3
16-20th: -2
21st-25th: -1
26-30th: E
The winner of the FedEx Cup will also win the Tour Championship and take home a $15m bonus for the FedEx Cup plus around $1.8m extra for the Tour Championship.
The PGA Tour is by far golf’s richest Tour and it just got richer.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says the changes have been made to make it more simple to understand for the fans.
“As soon as the Tour Championship begins, any fan – no matter if they’ve followed the PGA Tour all season or are just tuning in for the final event – can immediately understand what’s going on and what’s at stake for every single player in the field,” he said.
“And, of course, players will know exactly where they stand at all times while in play, which will ratchet up the drama, consequence and volatility of the competition down the stretch.
“Compared to the current system, the beauty here is in the simplicity.
“Fans are very familiar with golf leaderboards in relation to par, so they will have a clear understanding of the impact every shot makes during the final run for the FedExCup – ultimately leading to a singular champion without conflicting storylines.”

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The European Tour is getting towards the end of the season, check out who the GM Tipster has picked to do well with these Portugal Masters Golf Betting TipsPortugal Masters Golf Betting Tips
While most people are watching either the Tour Championship or looking forward to the Ryder Cup there is a good European Tour event this week in the form of the Portugal Masters being played at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.
Last year Lucas Bjerregaard won the event – he is 18/1 to defend his title – he won the event by a comfortable four shots.
Favourites this week are Ryder Cuppers Thorbjorn Olesen (16/1) and Sergio Garcia (18/1) – who will both be wanting to find good form before the battle at Le Golf National.
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Portugal Masters Golf Betting Tips Advised BetsEddie Pepperell 4 points each way at 24/1 with Sportnation.bet – 6th last week means he has four top 10s in his last six starts, was also 3rd here last year, green lights flashing everywhere.Nacho Elvira 2 points each way at 40/1 with Sportnation.bet – The Spaniard has finshed 9th the last two years at this event, he was also 4th just a couple of weeks ago at the European Masters – a horse for the course.Andrew Johnston 1 point each way at 70/1 with Sportnation.bet – Beef has been having an up and down year. Was 10th a few weeks back at the Nordea Masters and 2nd at the Hero Indian Open, so he has the game if he can just find the consistency.Thomas Aiken 1 point each way at 100/1 with Sportnation.bet – The South African is a long time supporter of this event appearing in 8 different playings. Has a best placed finish of 12th – was 2nd at the Nordea Masters recently, so in some decent nick, worth a punt at this price.
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The event has seen some of the greatest players ever compete in it, but who is the best Ryder Cup player ever?10 Best Ryder Cup Players
The Ryder Cup has had a long and illustrious history so far with some of the greatest players ever to grace the game locking horns all in the hope of winning the trophy. But who is the best ever Ryder Cup player? This very question is sure to divide opinion across Europe and America, but that hasn’t stopped us from giving it a go. In this piece we put forward our 10 best ever Ryder Cup players. Do you agree with our selections? Is there someone else that should have been included?Seve Ballesteros
In terms of playing record, we should probably list Seve with his Spanish compatriot Jose Maria Olazabal simply because they were nearly unbeatable when paired together. In total they played together 15 times and lost twice producing 12 points which is six more than the next most successful pairing.
But it was not just his record that made him a great player in the event. It was his passion, flair and at times, gamesmanship that differentiated him from others. During the 1980’s and 90’s he helped make the Ryder Cup what it is today, which is one of the biggest events in global sport.Ian Poulter
As of right now, Poulter has the best winning percentage of any player to have played a minimum of 15 matches. Poulter’s record is 12-4-2 which is a percentage of .722 and that would have been even better had it not been for 2014 where he had one loss and two halves.
Of course Poulter should best be remembered for his exploits in 2008 where he produced four points from five matches, and obviously 2012 where he brought Europe back from 10-5 down to win the Cup in whats known as the Miracle of Medinah.Nick Faldo
Faldo makes our list due to his longevity and he, along with Seve, helped make the event what it is today. He is the leading point scorer for Europe with 25 and has an overall record of 23-19-4. That is a total of 46 matches which is the most ever and he is currently tied for the most Ryder Cup appearances ever with 11. (Although Phil Mickelson is set to break that in the coming weeks as he plays in his 12th Ryder Cup at Le Golf National).
Faldo and Montgomerie in the 1995 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)Colin Montgomerie
Montgomerie is arguably the greatest Ryder Cup player Europe have ever produced. He never lost in the singles from eight matches, was a consistent rock in the European team that always produced a point when needed and also he frequently got under the skin of the other teams players and fans. His overall record was 20-9-7.Sergio Garcia
Garcia’s recent record may be a little to be desired, but like Seve before him, he brought unquestionable passion and fire to the event which brought out the best in his game. In singles he only has a record of 3-4-1 but when paired with someone else, he flourished; in foursomes his record is 9-3-3 and in four balls it is 7-4-3. He will make his ninth appearance in the event after getting selected as a wildcard pick by Thomas Bjorn for the 2018 Ryder Cup.Patrick Reed
He may only be playing his third event in 2018, but Reed is fast becoming an imperious opponent in the Ryder Cup after producing 3.5 points in 2014 and 2016. His 2016 singles match against Rory McIlroy in particular will go down as one of the greatest ever and Reed somehow managed to win the match 1up which gave the Americans the platform to close the Cup out. He may not be the best liked player on Tour, but when the Ryder Cup comes around, every American is glad that he is on their team.
Patrick Reed is fast becoming an imperious Ryder Cup player (Getty Images)Jack Nicklaus
Whilst Jack’s overall record is 16 wins, eight losses and three halves which is good, his more lasting legacy is his famous concession to Tony Jacklin in 1969. After holing a putt against Jacklin in the singles, the Englishman was left with a short putt for par. Nicklaus, instead of making Jacklin knock it in, famously gave him the putt and said; “I don’t think you would have missed it, but I wasn’t going to give you the chance, either.”
An incredible act of sportsmanship, the two sides tied and the ideals of that match have lived on in every contest since.

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Arnold Palmer
Looking strictly at the numbers, you could be forgiven for thinking that Arnold Palmer is probably the greatest player in the event ever. 22 wins, 8 losses and two halves is fairly comprehensive. However, we should acknowledge that the opponents he was playing were nowhere near up to his standard whereas the quality of the competition nowadays is significantly better across the board.
That isn’t taking anything away from Palmer though because after all you still have to beat the player in front of you, a task Palmer did regularly.Billy Casper
Points wise, Casper is the most successful American to play in the event winning 23.5 points and he was a crucial part of a dominant American team during the 1960s and 70’s. (Although he does have the same limitations as Palmer above).Lanny Wadkins
Wadkins just makes our list for a couple of reasons. He has a very good record with 20 wins, 11 losses and three halves, and also he bought passion, steel and determination to the American team on more than one occasion.
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We take a look at some of the unlikely stars of the great team event over the years.Christy O'Connor Jnr at the Belfry in 198917 Surprising Ryder Cup Heroes
Over the years some of the world’s greatest players have competed in the Ryder Cup, men who have claimed multiple Majors and countless tournament victories across the globe. But, such is the nature of the great trans-Atlantic competition that often it’s not the superstars who are to the fore. Looking back on almost 90 years of Ryder Cup matches, there have been a number of unlikely heroes in the Ryder Cup, players who have risen to the challenge and performed well beyond expectation, or held their nerve at the crucial moment. Below we take a look at 17 of these heroes.2016Thomas PietersParticipating in a team with superstars like Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose, not a lot was expected of Belgian Thomas Pieters, especially after he and Lee Westwood were utterly destroyed by Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar in the morning foursomes. But he quickly forgot about that set-back and, when paired with Rory McIlroy won their next three matches comprehensively. He also then won his singles match against J.B. Holmes to pick up four points from five matches.
Thomas Pieters celebrates with Rory McIlroy in 2016 (Getty Images)2014Jamie DonaldsonPlaying in his first Ryder Cup, Donaldson missed out on the first session on Friday but got paired with Lee Westwood for the remaining three sessions, in which they won two of them. Donaldson then, playing against Keegan Bradley in the singles, played sublime golf in what turned out to be the pivotal match. He beat Bradley 5&3 and secured the Cup for Europe with a brilliant wedge to within inches of the hole at the 15th at Gleneagles.
Jamie Donaldson in 2014 (Getty Images)2012Nicolas ColsaertsHis official record at the event wasn’t great given that he lost three of four matches, but his Friday afternoon four ball performance deserves a mention. Paired with Lee Westwood, he produced eight birdies and an eagle to secure a 1up victory against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in a match which was huge for European chances. It was the final match of the day, Europe at that stage were 5-2 down and the victory meant the men in blue avoided a clean sweep in the session.
Nicolas Colsaerts birdies the 17th (getty Images)2008Boo WeekleyAlthough the Floridian had enjoyed a good season prior to Valhalla, few would have picked him as likely key player for Paul Azinger going into the 2008 Ryder Cup. But, he played superbly, was unbeaten and thumped Oliver Wilson in the singles. He was also instrumental in inspiring his countrymen to secure their first Ryder Cup for almost a decade. (Who can forget him cowboy horse-riding his driver!)Boo Weekley giving it some at Valhalla in 20082002Paul McGinley
In a team featuring Garcia, Westwood, Montgomerie and Langer, McGinley wasn’t one of Europe’s big names. But when it came down to it on Sunday afternoon it was the diminutive Irishman who faced a putt on the final green to halve with Jim Furyk and win the Ryder Cup for Europe. He rolled it in and leapt into the air with arms aloft.Paul McGinley jumps for joy at The Belfry in 20021997Constantino Rocca
Although it was Monty who secured the winning half point for Seve’s men, the Italian was a revelation at Valderrama. Playing with Olly, he beat Love III and Mickelson in the fourballs and Love III and Couples in foursomes. He then beat Tiger Woods by 4&2 in the singles.Rocca and Olly1995David Gilford
Gilford had a torrid time in his debut Ryder Cup appearance in 1991. He’d lost heavily in foursomes matches with both Monty and Faldo and had been “the name in the envelope” when Steve Pate had been forced to pull out of the singles with injury. So he could have justifiably been feeling extra nerves at Oak Hill in 1995. But he stood up to the plate and secured 3 points from 4 including a crucial 1-up singles win against Brad Faxon.David Gilford and Brad Faxon 1995

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1995Philip Walton
Playing Jay Haas in the singles, second from last, the fate of the Ryder Cup fell to the Irishman – probably the least experienced member of the European team. But it came down to him – three up with three to play, he lost the 16th when Haas holed a bunker shot, he then lost the 17th, missing a three-foot par putt. On the last, he was visibly nervous but so was Haas. Walton limped it down the hole but did enough to cross the line and win the Cup for Europe.Bernard Gallacher celebrates with Philip Walton in 19951989Christy O’Connor Jnr
Having played only one match in the pairs, and lost, few gave O’Connor much of a chance against the talented American Fred Couples in the singles. But coming to the 18th all square, the Irishman had a chance to secure a crucial point. He found the fairway from the 18th tee, albeit a long way back, before Couples blasted his ball over 300 yards down the fairway. It looked good for the American but then Christy O’Connor produced one of the best shots in Cup history, a 2-iron from 230 yards that ended 3 feet from the hole. The shot destroyed Couples who semi-shanked his second and failed to get up-and-down.Christy O’Connor Jnr at the Belfry in 19891987Eamonn D’Arcy
The strange-swinging Irishman had a pretty desperate Ryder Cup record and lost his only pairs match leading up to the singles at Muirfield Village. But, playing Ben Crenshaw in the singles D’Arcy managed to secure a vital point that helped Europe win for the first time on U.S. soil.Eamonn D’Arcy with Tony Jacklin in 19871985Manuel Pinero
In the first defeat for the U.S since 1957, the Spaniard (who had never played in either the Masters or U.S. Open and had just one top-10 in Majors) was a rock for Europe. He won three of four matches with Seve in the pairs then went out first in the singles, beat Lanny Wadkins by 3&1 and laid the foundation for Europe’s first win.Manuel Pinero1975Brian Barnes
Although GB&I lost, the big Scot beat Jack Nicklaus twice in a day in the singles. A pretty impressive feat when you consider Nicklaus had won the Masters that year and the PGA Championship the month before.Brian Barnes1969Brian Huggett
Everyone remembers the concession, but few will recall the nail-biting match that preceded the Nicklaus/Jacklin game. Brian Huggett had to hole a six-foot putt on the 17th to stay level with Billy Casper, then he boxed a five-footer on the last to secure the crucial half. At the time, when he stood over the final putt, he believed it was to win the Ryder Cup.Brian Huggett1967Johnny Pott
In a team full of superstars, Johnny Pott was the last qualifier for the U.S. team. But he won four points from four matches and was a key factor in the American demolition job at the Champions Golf Club.1957Ken Bousfield
Secured winning point for GB and I in only GB victory between 1933 and 1985.Dai Rees and Ken Bousfield1949Clayton Heafner
The U.S was without Ben Hogan or Byron Nelson, but little-known Heafner stepped up to the plate teaming up with Jimmy Demaret to win in the foursomes, then seeing off Dick Burton in the singles to set up the US win.1933Syd Easterbrook
Played one of the great singles matches in Ryder Cup history against Denny Shute. It went to the last and the fate of the cup rested on their game – the score tied at 5.5 each with just their match to finish. Easterbrook holed a three-footer on the last to win his match and the Cup.Syd Easterbrook and Denny Shute
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The finale of the 2018 PGA Tour season happens at East Lake Golf Club check out who we think will do well with these Tour Championship Golf Betting TipsTour Championship Golf Betting Tips
The PGA Tour finale is here with the Tour Championship being played at East Lake Golf Club.
There are two trophies to be won at East Lake, with the Tour Championship and also the FedExCup itself.
Last season Xander Schauffele won the Tour Championship event with Justin Thomas claiming the FedExCup and the $10million prize fund.
This year Bryson DeChambeau leads the way going into final event, but any of the top 5 players can win the FedExCup if they win the event, while any of the top 30 can win, if results go their way.
This time last year the GM Tipster picked Xander Schauffele at 80/1 to win the Tour Championship. Check out his results this season at our Golf Betting Tips homepage.

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Tour Championship Golf Betting Tips Advised BetsJustin Rose 10 points to win at 8/1 with Sportnation.bet – The Englishman is very proud of his World Number One ranking and will not want to give it up lightly. He has been in exceptional form without getting the victory, I think this week that will change. He also has a couple of runner-up finishes at East Lake, and will be again hoping to change that around.Webb Simpson 4 points each way at 25/1 with Sportnation.bet – Continues to have a fantastic season, he is at a course where he has had two top 5s previously and was 6th a fortnight ago at the BMW Championship. Like his chances at these odds.Aaron Wise 2 points each way at 50/1 with Sportnation.bet – The man who cost me the biggest win of the year when he defeated Marc Leishman at the Byron Nelson. After a slight blip in his form since that victory he looks back on track to contending each week, and should like the East Lake set-up.
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A big issue when it comes to the Ryder Cup foursomes - which ball is used?Whose Ball Is Used In Foursomes At The Ryder Cup?
The 42nd Ryder Cup takes place at Le Golf National as Team Europe look to regain the trophy after losing it to USA last time out at Hazeltine.
One question on many fans’ lips during the match is always whose ball is used in foursomes?
It’s a big deal as players are so meticulous with their golf ball choice to the extent that it is always the first thing that goes in the bag.
For example, Rory McIlroy revealed that he chose TaylorMade because of the TP5x and Tiger Woods chose Bridgestone because he plays the spinniest golf ball on Tour.
So how would Tiger Woods play with someone that plays a less-spinny ball? And will Tiger Woods play foursomes with Bryson DeChambeau because they both play Bridgestones?
Well, just because players use the same manufacturer of golf ball doesn’t necessarily mean that they will work well together.
Players may prefer to be paired with someone using a different manufacturer’s golf ball in the Ryder Cup because although they are different manufacturers, the balls themselves may have similar characteristics.
This used to be a bigger issue pre-2006, because in 2006 foursomes partners were allowed to change to a different golf ball, and crucially a different compression, on each hole.
This means that in foursomes a player uses their partner’s ball off the tee on par-4s to ensure that their partner gets to hit their own ball into the green, because there is little difference seen in tee shots and more difference seen in how the ball flies on iron shots and reacts when it lands.

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For example, if Ian Poulter and Justin Rose were paired together in foursomes, Rose would hit Poulter’s Titleist Pro V1x off the tee to allow Poulter to hit it into the green and vice versa.
This means that Rose would then be putting and chipping with it, something that he will have practised prior to the Ryder Cup and in practice during the week, assuming that Thomas Bjorn would let the players know their foursomes partners in advance.
A big issue pre-2006 was at the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together in foursomes.
Woods, famous for playing a spinny ball, and Mickelson, who plays a less-spinny model, had to figure out a way of getting the best results from a not-ideal situation.
The pair couldn’t switch between balls on each hole so went with Tiger’s Nike ball because Woods couldn’t use Mickelson’s.
That meant Mickelson had to ‘learn’ it just two days before the event… It didn’t go well.
“I grabbed a couple dozen of his balls, I went off to the side, and tried to learn his golf ball in a four- or five-hour session on one of the other holes, trying to find out how far the ball goes,” Mickelson said.
“It forced me to stop my preparation for the tournament, to stop chipping and putting and sharpening my game in an effort to crash-course learn a whole different golf ball that we were going to be playing.
“And in the history of my career, I have never ball-tested two days prior to a major. I’ve never done it. Had we known a month in advance, we might have been able to make it work. I think we probably would have made it work. But we didn’t know until two days prior.”
They lost 1 down to Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood. That was the last match they played together.
Another issue surrounding golf balls in foursomes at the Ryder Cup came in 2010 at Celtic Manor, when Rickie Fowler dropped a Titleist Pro V1x on the 4th hole whilst playing with Jim Furyk after the pair found trouble.
Jim Furyk consoles Rickie Fowler after he cost them the hole for dropping a Titleist ball when the pair began the hole using a Srixon
The problem was that the team began the hole playing Furyk’s Srixon Z Star-X.
They lost the hole and ultimately halved the match with Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer.
USA went on to lose the trophy by a single point.
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In this piece we take a look at the five greatest Ryder Cup comebacks. Top 5 Greatest Ryder Cup Comebacks
In the history of the Ryder Cup there have been nine final day comebacks out of 41 total events, either to draw or win the match. For sheer drama and excitement on a golf course, the Ryder Cup is unlike any other event so in this piece we have taken a look at the five greatest comebacks in the event.
Of course we start with one of the most incredible sporting events in recent memory, the Miracle at Medinah.2012 – Medinah Country Club
In what should be described as the greatest comeback ever in the Ryder Cup, the 2012 Miracle at Medinah was pure sporting theatre throughout. At one point, the US, playing on home soil, were up by 10 points to 4 with two four ball matches still out on the course. Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald managed to sneak a 1up victory against Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker which cut it to 10-5. The final match of the day was crucial for European hopes at a comeback and Ian Poulter proceeded to birdie the final five holes to pull off a vital 1up victory against Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.
Heading into the singles with new life, Europe somehow managed to win the first five matches with Justin Rose‘s win being particularly improbable. He beat Phil Mickelson 1up with two incredible putts on 17 and 18.
Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer also won their matches and Francesco Molinari halved his to ensure Europe won the Cup once again. They had won the singles matches by 8.5 points to 3.5. An incredible comeback made more significant with the passing of Seve Ballesteros a year previously.
1999 – The Country Club, Brookline
Sadly this Ryder Cup will always be remembered for the actions on the 17th green and the shocking behaviour of the American fans, but both of those factors should not detract from what was an incredible comeback by the American team.
Down 10-6 going into the singles, the Americans came out firing winning the first six matches. Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie stemmed the flow briefly but the pivotal matches turned out to be between Jose Maria Olazabal and Justin Leonard, and Colin Montgomerie against Payne Stewart.
Monty eventually snuck a 1up victory in his match but it proved to be too late with Justin Leonard holing a monster putt on the 17th to secure the half point the Americans needed to secure the Cup. We all remember what happened next.
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1995 – Oak Hill Country Club
Another European comeback on American soil, the deficit this time was 9-7 heading into the singles.
The Americans got a point on the board early too with Tom Lehman smashing Seve Ballesteros 4&3 so the task got even greater pretty quickly. But then the Europeans came storming back winning 6.5 points from the next eight matches and Phillip Walton picked up a 1up victory against Jay Haas to seal the trophy.
When it was all said and done, the Europeans had comeback to win the match by 14.5 points to 13.5 and the era of European dominance of the event would begin.
1993 – The Belfry
Two years earlier than Oak Hill, the Americans were pretty much trailing throughout the entire tournament. After day one, they were down 4.5-3.5. The Europeans extended the lead in the Saturday morning foursomes, winning the session 3-1 but the Americans did the same in the afternoon four balls to create an 8.5-7.5 deficit moving to Sunday.
Sam Torrance had to withdraw due to injury which meant his match with Lanny Wadkins was halved from the get-go.
The Americans would win 7.5 points from the 12 matches to win by 15 points to 13.
1957 – Lindrick Golf Club
During this era of the event, the Americans utterly dominated the Ryder Cup. Before 1957, America had won nine of the past 11 matches and this dominance would continue after 1957 too. But the match at Lindrick Golf Club was the exception despite the clear superiority of the American team. For example seven of the eight Americans had won, or would later, win Majors, whereas the Europeans had no Major winners.
Back then only 12 matches were played and after the opening foursomes matches, it looked like it would be another rout after the US won three of the four games.
But the Europeans would win 6.5 matches out of 8 singles games to pull off a miraculous and totally unexpected victory.
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The USA may be favourites, but in this piece we take a look at why team Europe will take home the coveted trophy. 5 Reasons Why Europe Will Win The Ryder Cup
The 2018 Ryder Cup is just around the corner and this year the event is pipped to be one of the greatest ever with both sides fielding incredibly strong teams.
The United States are the favourites with the bookies, but in this piece we take a look at five reasons why Europe will win the trophy back after the defeat at Hazeltine in 2016.1) The Course – Le Golf National
Put simply, more Europeans have played the course, understand its nuances and know what it takes to produce good scores, whereas barely anyone from the American team has actually played it in competition. Justin Thomas played in this year’s Open de France and Jim Furyk did bring some Americans over before The Open. Team Europe, featuring some players who have competed at Le Golf National for the past decade plus, definitely have the advantage here..
Additionally, Europe get to set the course up in any way they see fit. In 2016 the Americans famously cut a lot of the rough away which therefore allowed them to use their superior length off the tee without getting into trouble. The Europeans in 2018 will in all likelihood make the rough longer and make hitting the fairway of paramount importance.Rory McIlroy criticised the 2016 event for its setup but went on; “But that’s all home advantage. You can do that; that’s what Ryder Cups are all about. Any little advantage you can get when you’re the home team, you have to try to take in that position.”Thomas Bjorn and Europe are sure to use the same sort of tactics once again.
2) Open de France Winners
Linking with the above point, Europe has several players that clearly like Le Golf National and can put in low scores around it. Every year the Open de France takes place there and the last two winners, Alex Noren and Tommy Fleetwood, are playing in their first Ryder Cups.
Then you have Francesco Molinari and Thorbjorn Olesen who have had several runners-up finishes between them at the tournament.
Jon Rahm also contended this year and Rory McIlroy has shown he can play there with a tied 3rd back in 2016.
Long story short, several Europeans enjoy the course and can score well there.
Alex Noren with his 2018 Open de France trophy (Getty Images)3) Outstanding Rookies
There are always questions looming over rookies. Sometimes they excel, sometimes they shrink under the pressure. The Americans have more experience in their team and they only have three rookies in Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau and Justin Thomas.
Europe on the other hand have five, but whilst some are concerned about this, we think they could flourish.Jon Rahm is currently seventh in the world, has won five times on either side of the Atlantic, and with the experience of Sergio Garcia by his side, he is sure to show his passion and fire on the course.
10-time European Tour winner Alex Noren is brilliant, especially around Le Golf National. He won the 2018 Open de France, came 10th in 2017 and 8th in 2016.Tommy Fleetwood has proven he can score anywhere at any time, highlighted by his 63 on Sunday at Shinnecock to finish second at the US Open.Tyrrell Hatton is as fiery as they come and won’t get intimidated one bit. Finally Thorbjorn Olesen is sure to be taken under the wing of fellow Dane and captain Thomas Bjorn.

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5 Reasons Why The USA Will Win The Ryder Cup

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4) Europe Win At Home
Home advantage is always huge in every contest. The crowd is like an extra player on the team and this year Europe have that advantage.
To add to that, Europe in recent memory have not lost when hosting the event since 1993 at The Belfry. That is a run of five Ryder Cups and it will take a monumental effort from the United States to end that run.5) Underdog Status
The US are the favourites, understandably so. But this plays into European hands because they tend to thrive as underdogs. For many Ryder Cups, the USA have had the better players and were expected to win, and yet didn’t because European players used that as motivation.
The same can be said for this year. Three of the top four players in the world are American, and on top of that you have stars like Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson, although all three are out of form. Add to the mix a resurgent Tiger Woods, and players in hot form like Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau and you have one incredibly strong team on paper.
However, the Europeans are also strong and will raise their games no doubt because many expect a thorough American win.
Who do you think is going to win in Paris?
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The 2017 FedEx Cup culminates this week with the Tour Championship at East Lake. Bryson DeChambeau leads the rankings but any of those in the top five on the standings will claim the Cup if they win this event.Justin Thomas and Xander SchauffeleTour Championship Preview, TV Times
Xander Schauffele is defending the Tour Championship and Justin Thomas is defending the FedEx Cup, going into the season-ending event on the PGA Tour this week at East Lake in Georgia.
At fifth place on the standings, Thomas could win the FedEx Cup for a second straight year if he wins at East Lake. Currently 18th on the standings, Schauffele needs to win and for plenty of other players to falter.
The five men who will win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus that goes along with it with victory in the Tour Championship are: Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
Having won the first two FedEx Cup playoff events, Bryson DeChambeau holds a big lead in the standings. But this is his first appearance in The Tour Championship and there are no guarantees. If one of the others in the top-five win, they will claim the FedEx Cup and, if DeChambeau falters, others could step up to the top spot.
In theory, all 30 players in the field at East Lake have a chance to win the FedEx Cup but, for 30th ranked Patton Kizzire to take the top prize, the leading players would have to suffer a terrible week. There are all sorts of possible scenarios though and everyone in the field has a lot to play for.
World Number 1 Justin Rose will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing a playoff to Keegan Bradley in the BMW Championship. He has recorded five straight top-10s at East Lake so will feel confident this week.
Tiger WoodsTiger Woods returns to the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. He won at East Lake in 2007 and has four further second place finishes. Phil Mickelson will make his 20th Tour Championship start.
In total – 11 players on the U.S. Ryder Cup team and six on the European Team will start at East Lake.
The Tour Championship began life as the Nabisco Championship in 1987 when Tom Watson was the winner. It became the Tour Championship in 1991 and has since been won by some greats of the game, including Paul Azinger, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Last year, Xander Schauffele took the win.
East Lake Golf Club is one of the oldest in the USA and was the home club of legendary amateur Bobby Jones. The course has hosted the Tour Championship on 15 previous occasions and was the venue for the 1963 Ryder Cup.
Bobby Jones
In 2008, the course at East Lake was closed for a few months with a view towards recreating the layout’s original, firm and fast playing characteristics. The overhaul was a success. It’s a challenging track although low scoring is not uncommon. The winning score has been around the 10-under-par mark since the changes were made. Last year the winning total was 12-under.
The weather forecast is good with dry, warm conditions expectedVenue: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, GeorgiaDate: Sep 20-23Course stats: par 70, 7,385 yardsPurse: $9,000,000Defending champion: Xander Schauffele (-12)How to watch The Tour ChampionshipTV Coverage:
Thursday 20 – Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 6.30pm
Friday 21 – Sky Sports Golf from 6.30pm
Saturday 22 – Sky Sports Golf from 5.30pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 8pm
Sunday 23 – Sky Sports Golf from 5.30pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 7pmNot a Sky Sports customer and want to watch The Tour Championship?
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Players to watch:
The top five – DeChambeau, Rose, Finau, Johnson and Thomas will be pushing for the win and the $10 million first prize, but who might sneak up and take the win at East Lake?
Billy Horschel – He won at East Lake in 2014 and took the FedEx Cup title to boot. He’s been on great form with tied third place finishes in both the Northern Trust and the BMW Championship.
Rory McIlroy – Another former winner of both Tour Championship and FedEx Cup (2016), Rory has been showing signs of returning to his best. He finished two back of the playoff in the BMW Championship.
Xander Schauffele – The defending champion has something to prove after he was overlooked by Jim Furyk for the final Ryder Cup wildcard pick. He was tied third in the BMW Championship.Key holes: 9th. A 235-yard par 3 with deep bunkers left and right of a two-tiered green. When the wind’s against, many will need a fairway wood to get up here. A par is a tough ask.
18th. A lengthy par-5 that can be stretched to 600 yards, this finishing hole will offer the power hitters the chance of reaching in two. It’s a testing second though with bunkers guarding the front part of the green.Skills required: Handling the pressure. With such vast sums of money on the line, the tension tends to be pretty high down the stretch in this event. The man who can put that pressure to one side will stand on top at the end this week.
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We look back at Ian Poulter's stunning putt which turned out to be the catalyst for the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup historyRyder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 10 Ian Poulter
The 2018 Ryder Cup is nearly upon us so to celebrate we have put together a countdown of the 15 greatest shots ever to be hit during the event.
With just 10 days to go until the match, we look at Ian Poulter‘s clutch putt on the 18th green on Saturday evening at Medinah in 2012, the catalyst for the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history.
Related: Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No 11 Jamie Donaldson
In probably his finest moment as a professional golfer, Ian Poulter single-handedly dragged Europe back into the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Paired with Rory McIlroy and facing Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner, Poulter birdied the final five holes to win the match 1up and give Europe hope.
10-4 down with just two matches left, Europe (and Poulter) managed to claw their way back into a 10-6 deficit which felt like a 10-6 draw heading into the final day’s singles matches.
Poulter, known now as Europe’s Postman, was simply unbeatable coming down the stretch with his five straight closing birdies.
His 15-foot putt on the last was the culmination of his heroics that day.

That time @IanJamesPoulter went crazy at Medinah…#MondayMemories pic.twitter.com/v5Kj10EEvl
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) July 31, 2017
Europe would comeback from 10-6 down to win the cup the next day, beating the USA 8.5 to 3.5 in the singles for a 14.5 to 13.5 victory.

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 15 Paul Casey 2006

Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 15 Paul Casey 2006
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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 14 Sam Torrance 1985

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Ryder Cup Best Shots Countdown: No. 13 Howard Clark 1995

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It was Europe’s second successive Ryder Cup win and their fifth in six matches.
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Sergio Garcia and Thorbjorn Olesen are in the field for the Portugal Masters over the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura with one week to go until the Ryder Cup.Dom Pedro Victoria Course hosts Portugal MastersPortugal Masters Leaderboard, Preview, TV Times
Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard defends the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura against a strong field, including a number of Major champions and Ryder Cup players.
2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia will tee it up as he looks to find top form with one week to go until he plays in his ninth Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris. Also on Thomas Bjorn’s Ryder Cup side, Thorbjorn Olesen will aim to fine-tune his game in Portugal.
Major champions in the field for the Portugal Masters include Padraig Harrington, a winner of this event in 2016, and 2016 Masters winner Danny Willett.
Defending champion Lucas Bjerregaard is joined in the field by other former Portugal Masters winners – Shane Lowry, Alex Levy and Andy Sullivan.
Steve Webster won in 2007
This year will be the 12th instalment of the Portugal Masters. First contested in 2007, the inaugural tournament was won by England’s Steve Webster. Since then, Alvaro Quiros, Lee Westwood, Richard Green, Tom Lewis, Shane Lowry, David Lynn, Alexander Levy, Andy Sullivan and Padraig Harrington have been champions.
In last year’s Portugal Masters Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark carded a closing round of 65 to win by four shots from Scotland’s Marc Warren.
Bjerregaard is looking forward to returning to the site of his maiden European Tour victory.
Lucas Bjerregaard defends Portugal Masters
“The Portugal Masters is certainly a special event for me now and I can’t wait to defend my title,” he said. “The final round last year is up there amongst my best rounds. Some of the shots I hit under pressure were the best I had hit in a long time.”
The Dom Pedro Victoria in Vilamoura is one of Dom Pedro’s impressive portfolio of courses on the Algarve. Opened for play in 2004, it was designed by the great Arnold Palmer. It’s an American-style track with generous fairways and large, rolling greens. In 2005 the course hosted the World Cup, won by Wales.
The weather looks set fair for the week.Venue: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, PortugalDate: Sep 20-23Course stats: par 71, 7,146 yardsPurse: €2,000,000Defending champion: Lucas Bjerregaard (-20)How to watch the Portugal MastersTV Coverage:
Thursday 20 – Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 11.30am
Friday 21 – Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from 11.30am
Saturday 22 – Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm
Sunday 23 – Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pmNot a Sky Sports customer and want to watch the Portugal Masters?
BUY NOW: Now TV Sky Sports Pass – £7.99 for a day, £12.99 for a week or £33.99 for a monthPlayers to watch:
Lucas Bjerregaard – The defending champ has to be given a strong chance of winning again in Vilamoura. He was second in the European Masters and that followed top-10s in the Czech Republic and Denmark.
Hideto Tanihara – A player whose game is clearly in good shape. He was tied sixth in Switzerland and then tied third in the KLM Open.
Chris Wood – Runner-up in the KLM Open, Wood has three runner-up finishes this season. He would love to get a win under his belt.Key Hole: 18th. At 463 yards this is a fabulous finishing hole. Water waits all the way up the left side from the tee and it continues to play a part in the approach. Anything coming up short or straying left will end up wet. A par here is a tough ask, particularly if you have a one-shot lead on Sunday afternoon.
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Lefty has worked with his current instructor Andrew Getson for the past three yearsWho Is Phil Mickelson’s Coach?Phil Mickelson makes his 12th-straight Ryder Cup appearance this year and will be the oldest player on the USA side at the age of 48.
Lefty has won 43 PGA Tour titles to date including five major championships and his swing has more than stood the test of time.
Lefty’s free-flowing action is instantly recognisable – but who currently coaches him?Who Is Phil Mickelson’s Coach?
Mickelson is currently coached by Australian Andrew Getson and the pair have worked together since late 2015 after he and Butch Harmon split.
In a statement after splitting with Butch, Mickelson said, “I’ve learned a great deal from him in our eight years together.
“It’s just that at the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective.”
Prior to becoming a coach, Getson played professionally for 10 years on the Asian, Australasian and Nationwide (now Web.com) Tours.
Getson is now the instructor at the Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale Arizona, the venue that Mickelson was affiliated with after graduating from the University of Arizona in 1992.
Mickelson and Getson at the 2016 Ryder Cup. (Photo by Scott Halleran/PGA of America via Getty Images)
The pair have worked together for three years and initially worked on getting Mickelson’s takeaway and backswing more on plane and upright, instead of bringing the club too much on the inside.
This helped him become less handsy, shorter in the backswing a touch and subsequently straighter off the tee, slightly.
Getson works on the basics, with his website tagline ‘Learn How To Simplify Your Golf Swing’.
He is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and rarely travels with Mickelson to tournaments, but is instead there to offer a helping hand for whenever Phil visits.
Mickelson almost won the 2016 Open Championship but was ultimately beaten by Henrik Stenson, but he did get his first win under Getson at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship.

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Lefty previously worked with legendary coach Butch Harmon between 2007 and 2015.
Mickelson won 14 times under Harmon’s stewardship including two majors – the 2010 Masters and 2013 Open.
Mickelson and Harmon at the 2011 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
In late 2015, Mickelson flew to Las Vegas to meet Butch for breakfast, where he would tell him that he no longer required his services.
The pair had a phenomenal partnership and still remain friends.
Harmon formerly coached the likes of Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Ernie Els, and now works with Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Gary Woodland and Nick Watney.
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Ivor Robson was the starter in 2014 at Gleneagles, but who will adopt the role in 2018? We take a look. Who Is The Ryder Cup Starter?
The Ryder Cup may only come around once every two years but in one respect it is like every other tournament played in the world of golf, that is the presence of a starter. The starter sits by the first tee announcing each group, pairing or player that is about to hit off and begin their rounds.
In the case of the Ryder Cup, they will announce the pairings, who they represent, and will in all probability play a role in calming the crowd to allow the players to hit.
Held in Paris at Le Golf National for the first time, we take a look at who is going to be the starter for the 2018 event.
Who Is The Ryder Cup Starter?
The starter at the Ryder Cup is likely to be the official starter of the European Tour which was a role held by Ivor Robson for decades before his retirement in 2015. He has since been replaced by Alastair Scott for Rolex events.
Ivor Robson at the 2014 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)
Scott has been involved in a variety of sports for the majority of his life now. Starting out as a cameraman for the BBC, Scott has worked his way through the ranks for over 40 years to become an Executive Producer and Director for the Open Championship along with several other events. He has been involved with Wimbledon for over 25 years now and has gone to nearly every Olympic Games since 1980.
“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been offered this position by the European Tour and Rolex,” said Scott. “Down the years, Ivor’s voice became synonymous with the game of golf and his inimitable delivery is certainly missed among players as well as golf fans.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed following in his footsteps this year and I look forward to continuing my role on the first tee at some of golf’s greatest events in future. After a long career behind the camera in sport, it has truly been a privilege to meet so many talented young individuals at some of the world’s most impressive golfing venues.”

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European Ryder Cup Team – Le Golf National 2018

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USA Ryder Cup Team 2018 – Le Golf National

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Ryder Cup TV Coverage 2018

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Whether Scott will be at the Ryder Cup on the first tee remains to be seen, but no doubt given the sheer size of the stand around it, there is going to be a colossal atmosphere which is sure to raise the adrenalin of each and every player.
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