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Professional golf is big business, with player’s competing across the globe in tournaments which can net them a small fortune. The majority of tournaments are now televised to increase their exposure and that of the players. 2014 will also see the return of the Ryder Cup, with Gleneagles hosting the esteemed event where Europe will be looking to take a third straight victory over their American counterparts ...

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The players crying out for victory

Simon Redfern profiles the 12 players European skipper Jose Maria Olazabal will lead in defence of the Ryder Cup and those likely to represent the USA. Rory McIlroy Northern Ireland Date of birth: 4/5/89 Place of birth: Holywood Turned pro: 2007 Major titles: 2 (US Open 2011, US PGA Championship 2012) Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2010) Ryder Cup record: P4, W1, L1, H2 Just when the young Ulsterman seemed to be ...

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That was something Els!

South African veteran Ernie Els capitalises on Australian Adam Scott’s late meltdown to win a dramatic open championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes It had all looked so simple. Four shots ahead with four holes to play, Adam Scott seemed to have his first Major title in the bag – but then came one of the most dramatic implosions ever seen at the Open Championship as the Australian literally gifted his grea ...

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Stop Press: Ryder Cup 2012 Tees Off

We look at some of the latest issues… COLSAERTS IN DREAMLAND A dream came true for Nicolas Colsaerts when he became the first Belgian to be chosen for the Ryder Cup. The 29-year-old from Brussels was selected with experienced Englishman Ian Poulter as European captain Jose Maria Olazabal’s wildcards for the Medinah clash with the USA at the end of September. “This has been a fairy story – it has been someth ...

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In the money

After playing for points, honour and pride at the Ryder Cup, the European and American players will soon be involved in the individual chase for big-money cheques again.   The Ryder Cup offers the leading European and American players a rare chance to compete for team points rather than individual pay cheques, but four days after the final putt drops at Medinah, the dash for cash restarts on both sides ...

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Golf’s ROR-ING success

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy banished any talk of problems with his swing as he romped to a record-breaking victory in the year’s final Major. How could anyone have doubted Rory McIlroy? With many experts wondering whether the 23-year-old Ulsterman had taken his eye off the ball after a series of disappointing results, he delivered the perfect riposte by running away with the 94th US PGA Championship at ...

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Foreign Affairs

The addition of golfers from mainland Europe in the Ryder Cup finally ended the Americans’ domination of the tournament on home soil.   Until Europe replaced Great Britain and Ireland as the United States’ opponents in the Ryder Cup, the Americans never looked like losing on home soil. In fact, in 22 matches across 50 years against Britain and then Britain and Ireland, the Americans were beaten only th ...

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To the point

Europe, as holders, will require only 14 points to retain the Ryder Cup, whereas the USA’s target is 14 ½. USA captain Davis Love III has, not surprisingly, opted to revert to the system that worked so well for Paul Azinger, the last successful American skipper, as he bids to regain the Ryder Cup. In 2008 Azinger chose to open the three-day event with foursomes instead of fourballs at the Valhalla Club in L ...

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Phil Mickelson: in troubled waters?

Phil Mickelson will be keen to improve a Ryder Cup record that leaves a lot to be desired when he makes tournament history at Medinah. When Phil Mickelson tees up at the Medinah Country Club, he will become the longest-serving United States player in Ryder Cup history.  A ninth Ryder Cup appearance should be something to be proud of, something to savour in years to come with the grandchildren. Yet ...

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Lee Westwood: Pressure? What pressure?

Lee Westwood will be the most experienced player in Europe’s Ryder Cup team at Medinah. Here, in an exclusive interview with Ben Collins, he explains why he adores the biennial tournament, recalls past matches and previews the 2012 contest. Congratulations on securing your eighth Ryder Cup appearance, Lee. Can you sum up what the competition means to you? Lee: I simply love everything about the Ryder Cup. I ...

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The Americans are determined to get the Ryder Cup Back…

Butch Harmon, the American who is arguably the best-known coach in world golf, tells Ben Collins in an exclusive interview that the 2012 Ryder Cup is going to be one of the best ever.   You’ve been around the game for decades, Butch, so have witnessed many Ryder Cups. What are your most memorable moments? Butch: There are so many that are memorable, but I would have to say 1999 at Brookline. The US tea ...

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