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Coach of the Year?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

coach of the year

Colin Montgomerie was presented with the BBC Coach of the Year award for his work with the Ryder Cup Team. Without wishing to denigrate his magnificent achievement in Captaining the winning team, this was a bit of a populist blooper by the BBC. The Ryder Cup Captain’s role has absolutely nothing to do with coaching. Giving this award to Monty undermines the terrific work being done by golf coaches like Pete Cowen. In 2010, Cowen schooled Westwood to the world number one spot, McDowell to the US Open and coached the top three finishers at the Open Championship. That’s real coaching.

Pavin & Montgomerie on Celtic Manor

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Ryder Cup captains Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie give their thoughts on the Celtic Manor course, having played it…

Video via ITN (Youtube)

Montgomerie & Pavin to play exhibition match

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie will play an exhibition match on Monday October 12th at The Celtic Manor Resort, as part of a celebration marking the Year to Go’ before the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales. The two captains will play 10 holes on The Twenty Ten Course the venue for the Ryder Cup 2010 and the first course built specifically to host the Ryder Cup. The match will precede a press conference and gala dinner.

The 2010 Ryder Cup will be conducted Oct. 1-3

Giving a little back…

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The Ryder Cup European Development Trust is working with national PGAs and governing bodies to encourage people to play and enjoy golf.

The Trust was set up when the PGAs of Europe became partners in Ryder Cup Europe as a way to channel part of the profits from Ryder Cup Europe into European golf development.

The Trust is funding golf development activities at European Tour events this season to give spectators a taste of the game using inflatable golf nets, as well as providing free ten minute lessons from local PGA professionals. The aim is to help existing golfers enjoy their game more and to entice others to ‘give golf a go’ in a fun, unintimidating environment.

The activities also give the national PGAs and governing bodies an opportunity to showcase themselves in their own country and demonstrate to the public the importance of high level coaching to the development and enjoyment of their golf. More than 500 free golf lessons are given at each participating event.

Ian Randell, Chief Executive of the PGAs of Europe, said:

“The knowledge of the PGA professionals is a vital ingredient in all golf development programmes across the world. We are delighted to partner with national governing bodies and The European Tour for this development project.”

Register Now for 2010 Tickets

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Registration closes on July 31 – so get a move on!

The registration for the Ryder Cup Ticket lottery for Ryder Cup 2010 at Celtic Manor in Wales is now open!

To Register visit the PGA’s Official Ticketing Site Here

The registration is open until July 31st and the lottery takes place in August.

The full details and terms and conditions are here – Basically you can apply for a maximum of 4 tickets per application and each person may only submit one application (or face disqualification from the draw).

The tickets will cost you £430 for the full series of matches (ground entry) or £950 for pavilion access for the series.

News Roundup

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Sandy Lyle says he feels let down by the European Tour after missing out on the captaincy for the next Ryder Cup.
Fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie has been selected to lead Europe at Celtic Manor in 2010, but Lyle does not understand why he has been overlooked. In one of the strongest interviews that he’s given to the BBC he was quoted as saying:

“I was let down by the European Tour” “It’s frustrating”
“I’m still mystified why they haven’t pin-pointed any sort of qualities I’m lacking. I’d like to know.”

International scrum to host 2018 Ryder Cup

Six nations are set to compete to host the Ryder cup in 2018
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden are to bid to stage to the 2018 Ryder Cup, the European Tour confirmed.
The deadline for confirmation of the bids is April 20, 2010 and the winning bid will be announced in 2011.

Woosenam publicly rules out any role in Ryder Cup 2010
Iam Woosenam, who led the Ryder Cup team to victory in 2006 has ruled out playing a role in the forthcoming Ryder Cup. Celtic Manor is on his doorstep in Wales but he has not been asked to play any part thus far by Colm Montgomerie and now says that he will decline if asked.

Vice Captains for 2010

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie have both indicated that they would be nominating up to 4 vice captains for Ryder Cup 2010. They are keeping the identities close to their chests for now…

When recently asked about the number of vice captains Pavin responded: (more…)

Moet & Chandon Champagne of Ryder Cup

Friday, June 12th, 2009


Moët & Chandon, have agreed a renewal of their agreement to be Preferred Supplier of Champagne to The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.

The new arrangement with Ryder Cup Europe brings Moët & Chandon’s association with The Ryder Cup to 17 years, following their initial introduction to the biennial event between Europe and the United States at The Belfry in 1993.

Pack your snorkel

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

The downpour of rain at Celtic Manor causing the Wales Open to close for business for nearly six-and-a-half hours leads to concerns for the Ryder Cup in 2010. The huge puddles and washed out bunkers don’t bode well and Jim McKenzie, the Celtic Manor’s director of golf said that improvements to the drainage would continue up to the event.

In defence of the course it was freakish weather, however some commentators are harping back to Nick Faldo’s infamous “bring your waterproofs” comment at last year’s closing ceremony and saying frogman suits might be more appropriate!

New Wild Power for Monty!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Colin Montgomery has an extra wildcard up his sleeve when it comes to team selection. This will bring the total of captains wildcard selections for the European team to 3 (up from Nick Faldo’s 2). Not quite the 4 available to the US Captain Cory Pavin.

The fact that victorious US Captain Paul Azinger had 4 picks to Faldo’s 2 picks in 2008 proved to be a controversial issue. Monty has now prevailed upon the European Tour’s Tournament Committee to grant him an extra pick. Bernard Gallacher (Ryder Cup 1995) was the last European captain to have this power. The extra place will come off the World Ranking Points list bringing the number of player that can qualify through this route down to 4.