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The Ryder Cup 2016: a closer look at the European team

In just twenty days from now, the 41st Ryder Cup will tee off at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

The European team’s 12 player listing was completed when Captain Darren Clarke announced his three wildcard picks, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup debutant Thomas Pieters.

With the addition of Thomas Pieters, the European team now includes six rookies. By contrast, Brooks Koepka is the only player of the top 8 American qualifiers with no previous Ryder Cup experience.

Meet the European Ryder Cup team:

1.Rafa Cabrera Bello

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Nationality: Spainish
Age: 32
OWGR: 27
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 2
Major championship victories: 0

2.Matthew Fitzpatrick

Nationality: English
Age: 22 when the matches begin
OWGR: 48
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 2
Major championship victories: 0

3. Sergio Garcia

Nationality: Spainish
Age: 36
OWGR: 12
Ryder Cup appearances: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 18-9-5
PGA Tour victories: 9
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: 0

4. Martin Kaymer (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: German
Age: 31
OWGR: 50
Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 4-3-3
PGA Tour victories: 3
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: PGA Championship (2010); U.S. Open (2014)

5. Rory McIlroy

Nationality: Northern Irish
Age: 27
OWGR: 5
Ryder Cup appearances: 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 6-4-4
PGA Tour victories: 11
European Tour victories: 13
Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2011); Open Championship (2014); PGA Championship (2012, 2014)

6. Thomas Pieters (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: Belgian
Age: 24
OWGR: 41
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

7. Justin Rose

Nationality: English
Age: 36
OWGR: 10
Ryder Cup appearances: 2008, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 9-3-2
PGA Tour victories: 7
European Tour victories: 9
Major championship victories: U.S. Open (2013)

8. Henrik Stenson

Nationality: Sweedish
Age: 40
OWGR: 4
Ryder Cup appearances: 2006, 2008, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 5-4-2
PGA Tour victories: 5
European Tour victories: 11
Major championship victories: Open Championship (2016)

9. Andy Sullivan

Nationality: English
Age: 29
OWGR: 42
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

10.Lee Westwood (Captain’s Pick)

Nationality: English
Age: 43
OWGR: 46
Ryder Cup appearances: 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Ryder Cup record: 20-15-6
PGA Tour victories: 2
European Tour victories: 23
Major championship victories: 0

11. Danny Willett

Nationality: English
Age: 28
OWGR: 11
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 1
European Tour victories: 5
Major championship victories: Masters (2016)

12.Chris Wood

Nationality: English
Age: 28
OWGR: 28
Ryder Cup appearances: Debut
Ryder Cup record: 0-0-0
PGA Tour victories: 0
European Tour victories: 3
Major championship victories: 0

 

 

Golfing Legend Gary player on why he feels golf should be kicked out of Olympics.

Golfing legend Gary player sounded off in an interview given to foreign media channel where he expressed his disappointment over top golf players opting out of the Olympics, including U.S. superstar Jordan Spieth and the world’s number one ranked golfer Jason Day,  over Zika virus threat. (Read more).

“[With] my 18 Majors and 165 tournaments – [If I could have] had an Olympic Gold Medal amongst them, it would have been the joy of my life. I would have given anything. I would have taken a rowing boat and rowed over to play in the Olympics. And this excuse about Zika is feeble. You have Zika in America in some states right now. You’ve got more of a chance of being killed by a gun or a motorcar in America than getting Zika,” he said.

Watch the entire interview below:

Golf will make its return to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years at this year’s games in RIO, but top players withdrawing have left the golfing world shocked.

British Open 2016: Nine strong contenders for the Claret Jug.

The British Open is here and boy do we have some story-lines.

This year, both Majors and US open have been won by first-time major winners and the golfing world is keen to see the winner of the British open scheduled next week.

The Royal Troon has often delivered strange winners, the list of golfers below are the ones to look upon if you are a neutral party and just want to enjoy some good golf. These nine represent the best stories with the most real chances of holding the Claret Jug.

Get set go.

1. Rickie Fowler:

Rickie Fowler.
Rickie Fowler.

This world no. 4  could reasonably be called the best player in the world without a major championship. He has two top-fives in his last five Opens to prove it. If you’re lusting for an American dream to come true, this is the one to root for.

2. Lee Westwood:

Lee Westwood.
Lee Westwood.

Speaking of top-30 finishes, this 43-year-old guy for whom a major championship would mean so much. Especially at this stage of his career. Noted for his consistency, Westwood is one of the few golfers who has won tournaments on five continents – Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia, the golfer definitely deserves a no. two place on this list.

3. Sergio Garcia:

Sergio Garcia.
Sergio Garcia.

It seems completely unfair that the man has 21 top-10 finishes at major championships and no wins. Garcia has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009). British open could finally end his long wait.

4. Henrik Stenson:

Henrik Stenson.
Henrik Stenson.

Yet another no-time major championship winner. This player from Sweden doesn’t have the heartbreak of the others, but he does have three top-threes in British open since 2008. It would be a delight to see him take home the Claret Jug.

5. Dustin Johnson:

Dustin Johnson.
Dustin Johnson.

After winning the US open Johnson fancies his chances of winning the British open to make it three straight tournament wins including two major championships.

6. Jordan Spieth:

Jordan Speith.
Jordan Spieth.

This 22-year-old American golfer is former world number one and is a two-time major winner. Spieth tied the 72-hole record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and became the second youngest to win the Masters, behind Woods. He then won the 2015 US open making him the youngest US open champion. The British open is the next Speith would be looking at.

7. Rory Mcilroy:

Rory Mcilory after winning the 2014 British open.
Rory Mcilroy after winning 2014 British open.

This Irish golfer is a 4-time major winner and is now ranked no.4 in the official world golf rankings. A win at the Open championship could make him top the world rankings.

8. Adam Scott:

Adam Scott.
Adam Scott.

His biggest win to date was the 2013 Masters Tournament, his first major championship and the first Masters won by an Australian in its history, also a 2012 runner-up of the Open championship Adam Scott is the no.8 on our list of strong contenders for the Claret Jug.

9. Shane Lowry:

Shane lowry.
Shane lowry.

This golfer has set his stakes high after his successful run at the US Open. The Irish beauty is no. 9 on our list of contenders for the Claret Jug.

These are our 9 favourites who should possibly win the third major of 2016.