For Ryder Cup Teammates, It’s Back to Business in Dubai

Balancing his friendship with competition after the Ryder Cup hasn’t been a challenge. “It is no different to how it has been in the past after Ryder Cups,” Molinari said. “Friendships are deeper, and the time on tour afterwards is all the more enjoyable for being able to travel with so many good friends. It doesn’t change anything on the course, except perhaps we all have extra respect for each other that we shared such a special experience together.” Noren called the Ryder Cup win “an amazing experience in every…

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Rory McIlroy considers turning back on European Tour which could cost him future Ryder Cup captaincy role

Rory McIlroy is considering turning his back on the European Tour next year even though it could cost him the chance ever to be Ryder Cup captain. The Irishman revealed that he is only scheduled to play two regular Tour events in 2019 as he concentrates on the PGA Tour and his ambition to win more majors. And under a regulation drawn up this year, that would bar him from becoming a Europe vice-captain or captain in the future. The rule says: “Players cannot be a European Ryder Cup Captain or…

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The Ryder Cup Gave Sergio His Swagger Back…Why Are We Surprised?

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn was widely criticized for tapping Sergio Garcia as one of his four captain’s picks. The criticism wasn’t completely unfounded—Garcia missed the cut in all four majors this year and had missed three of his last five cuts when Bjorn made the announcement. Garcia wound up going 3-1-0 during Europe’s 17.5-10.5 shellacking of the Americans, becoming the all-time leader in Ryder Cup points in the process. He was his usual fiery self, flagging iron shots, hyping up phis partner and screaming after making putts. The…

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15 things you need to know about the 2018 Open champion and Ryder Cup star

This season was the year Francesco Molinari broke out as a star in golf. Through a packed leaderboard with some of the world’s best players, Molinari emerged at Carnoustie to claim his first major title. It was an exciting Sunday, with names like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in the mix, but it was the impressive, consistent play of Molinari that claimed the Open Championship. Molinari further cemented his dominant 2018 by going 5-0 at the Ryder Cup to aid a European romp over the Americans at Le…

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A Ryder Cup opening ceremony at Rome’s Colosseum? It could happen

Frankly the Ryder Cup opening ceremony tends to be a dragged out affair, a spectacle only really worth it (kind of) to wait out to learn the pairings for the opening session. We might be singing a different tune, though, in 2022. The next Ryder Cup in Europe will take place in Rome, Italy, and that brings the dream option of hosting the opening ceremony in the famed Colosseum. Well, that awesome possibility could very well happen. Keith Pelley, the European Tour chief executive, spoke with a group of reporters Saturday and…

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European Tour chief talks schedule, perceptions and a Ryder Cup opening ceremony at the Colosseum in Rome

ANTALYA, Turkey — It wasn’t the most formal session of his administrative career. Nor was it, at least initially, the most comfortable. But seated amidst a small group of journalists in the media center at the Turkish Airlines Open, European Tour chief executive director Keith Pelley opened himself up to a generally friendly interrogation. “I’m happy to answer questions on any topic,” he said. “But I want to start with Saudi Arabia.” And why not? Further to the recent murder of journalist Jamal Khasoggi inside the Saudi consulate in the…

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Roundup: Ryder Cup Reunion

Recap of the day Peter Uihlein set the pace early in the day and he was never caught. Uihlein circled NINE birdies today, erasing a lone blemish. He entered with just one top 30 over his last 11 starts so this was a bit out of the blue. Harold Varner III and Robert Streb were his closest competition in the morning wave, both posting rounds of 6-under 65. HV3 did his damage tee-to-green (+4.47 SG:T2G) while Streb caught fire with the putter (+2.44 SG:Putting).  In the afternoon, Seth Reeves ran…

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Harrington to cut US schedule in Ryder Cup boost

Belek (Turkey) (AFP) – Padraig Harrington revealed Thursday he is to cut back on his PGA Tour schedule to play more in Europe ahead of his expected appointment as the 2020 European Ryder Cup captain. Harrington remains odds-on favourite to be handed the captaincy role in December and this despite suggestions there is one and possibly two other names being mooted to challenge him for the Whistling Straits position. Harrington’s remarks, after muscling his way to a share of second behind fellow Irishman Paul Dunne on the opening day of…

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Ryder Cup over, Furyk returns to full-time job

Jim Furyk never quit his day job. It just seemed that way. During the 31 tournaments he played over 20 months, his identity was no longer U.S. Open champion, FedEx Cup champion or 17-time winner on the PGA Tour. He was the Ryder Cup captain responsible for everything from team dinners to uniforms, all the while keeping an eye on how the U.S. team was shaping up. What surprised him about a text message Monday afternoon was not the request for his time, but the topic. ”It’s been a while…

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Column: Ryder Cup over, Furyk returns to full-time job | Golf

Jim Furyk never quit his day job. It just seemed that way. During the 31 tournaments he played over 20 months, his identity was no longer U.S. Open champion, FedEx Cup champion or 17-time winner on the PGA Tour. He was the Ryder Cup captain responsible for everything from team dinners to uniforms, all the while keeping an eye on how the U.S. team was shaping up. What surprised him about a text message Monday afternoon was not the request for his time, but the topic. “It’s been a while…

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