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European Ryder Cup Team Selection

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

The selection process for the European Ryder Cup Team will remain unchanged. The team selection formula, which was used in the sucessful campaigns for 2004 and 2006 will also be used for Ryder Cup 2008 team selection. Nick Faldo quipped that the “if it aint broke – don’t fix it” maxim applies!
The Ryder Cup Team, which is made of of 12 players will be determined as follows: (more…)

Nick Faldo

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Nick Faldo

Nick Faldo has been chosen to captain the European Ryder Cup team for the 37th Ryder Cup matches at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008. If you want to know what exactly the captain does read our article outlining his roles and responsibilites. Nick will be hoping to lead the European team to a record 4th victory in a row. (more…)

Ryder Cup Results

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Team Europe 18.5 – Team USA 9.5

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Congratulations to the European team on an emphatic victory.

Singles results:

Colin Montgomerie Won 1 Up v David Toms
Sergio Garcia v Stewart Cink Won 4&3
Paul Casey Won 2&1 v Jim FurykRobert
Karlsson v Tiger Woods Won 3&2
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Ryder Cup Pairings for Friday's Fourball

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Monty and Woods

The first Ryder Cup pairings have been announced and it looks like it is going to start with a bang. They are as follows:

Match 1
(Time 8:00) Padraig Harrington/Colin Montgomerie (EUROPE – Ireland & Scotland) v Tiger Woods/Jim Furyk (USA) (more…)

Paul McGinley – Hero or Zero?

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Paul McGinley

Three performances stand out on in career of Paul McGinley; representing Ireland on the winning team of the Golf World Cup in 1997, holing the winning put at the Belfry to secure victory for the European Team in the 2002 Ryder Cup and winning the Volvo Masters at Valderrama in 2005. These were big performances in big events but can he replicate it? Based on his current run of form the omens don’t look good and Woosnam must be worried.

At the weekend just gone McGinley again failed to make the cut at the Singapore Masters by a full five strokes. In the previous competition at the BMW International Open McGinley also failed to make the cut when a a big performance was needed from him to make absolutely sure of his own Ryder Cup place. (more…)

Who is on the Ryder Cup Team Europe 2006?

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal can both breathe a sigh of relief as they have both automatically qualified for the Ryder Cup Team. None of the other potential qualifiers could manage to do what was required to displace McGinley and Olazabal at the BMW Open.

Woosnam has also announced his two captains wildcard picks they are unsurprisingly Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.

So the final lineup of the European Ryder Cup Team is as follows:

Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlsson, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood

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Padraig Harrington Qualifies for the European Ryder Cup Team

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Padraig Harrington
And then there were two! Padraig Harrington today secured his place to become the eigth member of the European Ryder Cup team by making the cut at the BMW International Open in Munich leaving only two places still up for grabs. Irish people will breathe a sigh of relief that there will be at least on Irish player on the team as the Ryder Cup is played for the first time in Ireland this year. He may not be the last Irishman to qualify however.

Paul McGinley didn’t make the cut which means it is still possible for him to be caught by Edfors, Bickerton or Broadhurst in the Ryder Cup standings. (more…)

Harrington, McGinley and Olazabal – Ryder Cup Qualification Battle in Munich

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Padraig Harrington Paul McGinley Jose Maria Olazabal

The last qualifying event for the European Ryder Cup team tees off today at the BMW International Open in Munich and it really has come down to the wire.  The current European Ryder Cup points sees seven players secure in their automatic qualification spots however Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazábal can still all be caught.

There are endless permutations and combinations however here is the overview.  If Colin Montgomerie finishes 47th or higher in the event then this will push Olazábal off the World Cup Points list and into the last qualifying place on the European Points list.  This puts him within reach of the preceding five players Paul Broadhurst, Johan Edfors, (more…)

Darren Clarke Wants to Play

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke has confirmed that he would like to play in the Ryder Cup and would like to be considered for one of the two wildcard picks.

Amid lots of media speculation that Woosnam has offered Darren one of the places on the team, Darren’s management team have now confirmed his interest in playing. In the aftermath of his wife Heather’s tragic death everyone wondered whether he would need more time to be with his family, but clearly Clarke feels that it’s best to get back out there and start playing again. He has a great Ryder Cup record having been on three winning Ryder Cup teams in four appearances.

Woosnam will announce his two wildcard picks on Sunday evening once he knows the exact composition of the automatic qualifiers (three positions are still to be filled at the BMW open). He’s playing his cards very close to his chest and refuses to confirm who he may pick or whether Darren Clarke is one of the picks.

European Ryder Cup Points – August 30th

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

The Ryder Cup is firmly within view now. The US Ryder Cup team is finalised (and the US Captain’s picks announced) and as we enter the last week of the European qualifying competitions the team is beginning to become clear. This week see Olazabal re-entering the World Cup Points list putting the pressure back on McGinley who’s hanging on to the last place in the European Points list now that Montgomerie is also qualifying as top of the European Points list (See this article for how this works).

Ryder Cup World Points List (30 August 2006 Updated!)

Position Player Name Points
1 Luke DONALD 235.36
2 Sergio GARCIA 225.89
3 Henrik STENSON 214.70

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