PGAs of EuropeRyder Cup – PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com Home of the PGAE Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:33:03 +0000 en-gb hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 Selection Criteria Set for 2018 Junior Ryder Cup European Team http://www.pgae.com/news/selection-criteria-set-for-2018-junior-ryder-cup-european-team/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:59:27 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20355 The selection criteria for Team Europe have been confirmed for the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, which will take place at Disneyland Paris®, on September 24-25...]]>

The selection criteria for Team Europe have been confirmed for the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup, which will take place at Disneyland Paris®, on September 24-25.

The European Team will again comprise 12 amateur players – six boys and six girls – from any European Golf Association member country who are under the age of 18 as of January 1, 2018. In order to qualify, players cannot be members of a US college golf team as of the first day of the match.

The European Captain, Maïtena Alsuguren, has, with the assistance of the EGA and Ryder Cup Europe, identified the selection system based on an analysis of the important tournaments and championships in which the best European juniors will compete in during the lead-up to the Junior Ryder Cup team announcement on August 20, 2018.

The team will be selected by Alsuguren, who will be supported by a selection committee made up of representatives from Ryder Cup Europe and the EGA.

The Boys’ Amateur Champion and the Girls’ British Open Amateur Champion, if both eligible, will be automatically selected. The captain and the selection committee will take particular note of performances in the following events:

Boys:

  • The Amateur championship, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links, Scotland, 18 – 23 Jun
  • European Amateur Championship, Royal Hague Golf & Country Club, Netherlands, 27 – 30 Jun
  • European Boys’ Team Championship, Golf Resort Kaskada Brno, Czech Republic, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Amateur Team Championship, Faldo Course Berlin in A-ROSA Sharmützelsee, Germany, 10 – 14 Jul
  • The Boys’ Amateur (champion gains automatic selection), Royal Portrush and Portstewart, Wales, 14 – 19 Aug

Girls:

  • Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, Hillside, Southport, England, 26 – 30 Jun
  • European Girls’ Team Championship, Forsgårdens Golfklubb, Sweden, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Ladies’ Amateur Team Championship, Golf Club Murhof, Austria, 10 – 14 Jul
  • European Ladies’ Amateur Championship, Penati Golf Resort – Heritage Course, Slovakia, 25 – 28 Jul
  • Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship (champion gains automatic selection), Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland, 14 – 18 Aug

In addition, the captain and the selection committee will analyse the results of the best boys and girls ranked in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings (WWAGR).

Selectors will also look at strong performances in national open-level and WAGR/WWAGR Elite, A and B events.

Alsuguren said: “It’s a real honour to captain Europe once again at the Junior Ryder Cup. Now that the qualifying events have been finalised, I am starting to get excited about seeing the team take shape next year.

“The standard of both male and female junior golfers is very high in Europe, and although we may not have a strong recent record, I’m certain that the team we will take to Paris next September will be of the highest quality.”

America has won the last five editions of the Junior Ryder Cup, with Europe’s last victory coming in Ohio, in 2004. The 2006 contest was tied.

The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be the tenth staging of the event, which has seen some of the world’s greatest players pass through its ranks. Reigning Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match, and, four years later, was a member of Europe’s Ryder Cup Team in Brookline.

Two-time Major winner, Suzann Pettersen, took part in both the 1997 and 1999 editions of the Junior Ryder Cup, while four-time Major champion, Rory McIlroy, formed part of the victorious European side of 2004.

Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Lexi Thompson are some of the global stars who have represented the US team.

Next year’s contest will be held at Disneyland Paris® for the first time and entry will be free for all attending.

For more information on the Junior Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Selection Criteria Set for 2018 Junior Ryder Cup European Team
Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk Host First Joint Press Conference http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-and-jim-furyk-host-first-joint-press-conference/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:01:23 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20089 Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today held their first joint press conference as respective European and US Ryder Cup captains for The 2018 Ryder Cup...]]>

European and US captains look ahead to the 2018 contest at Le Golf National

Press conference concluded the 2018 Year to Go celebrations

Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today held their first joint press conference as respective European and US Ryder Cup captains for The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

 

Earlier in the day, the pair recreated history by hitting golf balls off the famous Eiffel Tower, 41 years after the legendary Arnold Palmer became the first – and only previous person – to do so.

The two captains used their press conference – which took place in the shadow of the famous landmark at the Pullman Eiffel Tower – to reflect on that stunt, meeting the French President Emmanuel Macron and all of the other activities which have formed the Year to Go celebrations.

They also looked forward to next year’s Ryder Cup, which will be held in France for the first time, at Le Golf National from September 28-30, 2018.

Bjørn said: “The last two days have been everything that France is. They have shown everything that it can do, and ever since I was appointed, there have been a lot of conversations about how we can deliver the best Ryder Cup ever.

“We’re off to some start, that’s for sure. It’s been amazing. European history is very special. It’s very special to each country in Europe, and when you come to this country, there might not be a country in the world that has a greater history and has more pride in its own history, and we have certainly lived that the last few days.

“France has shown me that it’s ready to take on one of the great sporting events in the world.

“We went to school yesterday and we saw kids on the golf course, and you realise that this country is now taking in so much to deliver a Ryder Cup that all of the golfing world can be proud of.

“This is one of the first times we come to one of the big cities in the world to play The Ryder Cup, and when this match unfolds over those three days at the end of September next year, you’re going to have Paris as a backdrop, and it’s going to be delivered in a completely new way. It’s going to be an event that I don’t think we’ve seen in the game of golf before.”

Furyk said: “I’m absolutely blown away by the last two days to be honest with you. My gratitude, really goes to Ryder Cup Europe and to the country of France for their hospitality and for putting on an amazing number of events.

“Last night we had dinner at the Palace of Versailles, which was an unbelievable, unbelievable night. This morning, breakfast at the residence of the President.

“Today, we got to emulate the same shot that one of my idols, Arnold Palmer, who hit off the Eiffel Tower about 40 years ago. I can’t imagine packing that all into two days. It’s been a phenomenal two days.

“This could really be the grandest setting ever in Ryder Cup history. So to be a part of it, I feel very fortunate.”

Le Golf National, France, will host The 2018 Ryder Cup from September 28-30, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year. Bjørn’s team will be looking to extend an impressive winning record on home soil which stretches back to Valderrama in 1997.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk Host First Joint Press Conference
Thomas Bjørn & Jim Furyk Take Part in Captains’ Challenge at Le Golf National http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-jim-furyk-take-part-in-captains-challenge-at-le-golf-national/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:04:32 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20095 Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today went head-to-head at Le Golf National as the European and United States captains led two teams of junior golfers in a Captains’]]>

European and US Ryder Cup captains led teams of junior golfers in friendly contest

Pair then hosted a clinic for more than 750 children

Activities were part of the 2018 Year to Go celebrations

Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk today went head-to-head at The 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National as the European and United States captains led two teams of junior golfers in a special Captains’ Challenge.

The pair were joined by eight members of the French Golf Federation’s Elite Junior Squad – four boys and four girls – for the fun contest over L’Albatros course, which next year will host The Ryder Cup for the first time, becoming only the second venue in continental Europe to do so.

The Captains’ Challenge was compered by Paul Armitage, Le Golf National’s General Manager, with European Captain Bjørn and United States Captain Furyk steering their respective teams of two mixed foursomes pairings through the five-hole challenge, which was played over the first hole and Le Golf National’s famous finishing stretch, the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes.

Fittingly, the match was halved, with the challenge providing all eight juniors with an experience to remember on the course which will be the backdrop for 24 of the world’s leading players in 12 months’ time.

Team Bjørn, represented by Mathilde Claisse and Dimitri Mary, Lilas Pinthier and Thomas Boulange, and Team Furyk, comprising Candice Mahe and Pierre Pineau, Evangeline Prevot and Clement Charmasson, were then presented with flags signed by both captains as a memento from the day.

The Captains’ Challenge was watched by more than 750 local schoolchildren who were then able to hear Bjørn and Furyk pass on their expertise when the two captains hosted a clinic on the practice range. This group included pupils from the nearby Ecole Robert Desnos, in Guyancourt, who cycled to Le Golf National after earlier in the day receiving a visit from the two captains, who spent time in their classroom learning about the children’s work as part of the Mon Carnet de Golf educational programme.

Bjørn said: “Today brought you back to your own childhood, to see all these kids excited about golf. It was a good reminder of where you came from. It’s been a brilliant day in the sense of seeing the excitement about the Ryder Cup in France.

“We’re in a country where golf is not the biggest sport and The Ryder Cup doesn’t have a history, so to bring it here and see the schools getting involved, and to watch these fantastic young players in the Challenge gives you a few goose bumps. You can feel from them that they are so excited about The Ryder Cup.

“I had some good chats on the golf course with Jim and also with the kids, trying to talk to them about playing the game. They are extremely talented players and it looks like they have a great future ahead of them in the game. One comment to a kid like that can make them because we’ve all had it at some stage in our careers, that one guy who says something that stays with you for the rest of your life. Hopefully we passed on one or two things today that will stick with them and make them into great players.”

Furyk said: “We had a great visit this morning to a local school, and it was then great to see some of France’s elite junior players play a foursomes match. It was nice to see the golf course a bit and enjoy our day with the kids.

“The Captains’ Challenge had some amazing golf. The kids were nervous to start with but they played phenomenal. I enjoyed not only how well they played but how well they interacted. They helped each other reading putts, and played with genuine smiles on their faces.

“I think it was a great experience for them and I can’t imagine putting myself in their shoes, at the age of 16, 18. Trying to go back and hit those shots, I would have been a nervous wreck.

“The clinic was great too. We had a lot of fun interacting with the kids. You want kids them to think of this game as enjoyable, to relate and associate golf as fun. It was good to hear them out there cheering, yelling, and having a great time. It’s exactly what we’re looking for.”

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup is defined by respect and togetherness, and events like the Captains’ Challenge are the embodiment of this. The Captains’ Challenge and Captains’ Clinic demonstrate that golf is accessible to both boys and girls and hopefully all of the juniors involved will be inspired by their unique experience at Le Golf National.

“Thomas and Jim are wonderful ambassadors for our game and for The Ryder Cup, and this undoubtedly came across in both activities, giving the participants a day they will never forget.”

Pascal Grizot, Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018, said: “This day will leave an unforgettable memory for the numerous children from schools in Saint Quentin en Yvelines and beyond. The Elite teams will also take away great moments from this day with the captains at Le Golf National.

“This is the beauty of major sporting events and the beauty of meeting legends. The French Golf Federation could not dream of a better start to the Year to Go and these two days will really help promote the Ryder Cup to the French public.”

Le Golf National, France, will host The 2018 Ryder Cup from September 28-30, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year. Bjørn’s team will be looking to extend an impressive winning record on home soil which stretches back to Valderrama in 1997.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Thomas Bjørn & Jim Furyk Take Part in Captains’ Challenge at Le Golf National
Ryder Cup Captains Help Inspire French Schoolchildren http://www.pgae.com/news/ryder-cup-captains-help-inspire-french-schoolchildren/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:09:01 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20061 Pupils from a school close to The 2018 Ryder Cup host venue Le Golf National today had a special visit from captains Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk...]]>

Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk visited a local school in Guyancourt

Youngsters are studying a Ryder Cup educational programme, Mon Carnet de Golf

Visit was part of the 2018 Year to Go celebrations

Pupils from a school close to The 2018 Ryder Cup host venue Le Golf National today had a special visit from captains Thomas Bjørn and Jim Furyk, with the nine and ten year olds showcasing their work as part of an educational programme which is inspired by the biennial contest between Europe and the United States.

Bjørn and Furyk are in France for The 2018 Ryder Cup Year to Go celebrations, and their first official engagement was to meet the children from class CM2 at Ecole Robert Desnos, in Guyancourt, who have been studying the Mon Carnet de Golf curriculum.

The educational programme aims to introduce golf and The Ryder Cup to French schoolchildren, integrating the biennial contest into a wide range of subjects.

European Captain Bjørn and United States Captain Furyk were greeted at the gates of the school by class teacher Florence Coquart, Marie-Christine Letarnec, the Mayor of Guyancourt and Serge Clément, the local area educational representative.

The captains, along with officials from Ryder Cup Europe, the PGA of America and the French Golf Federation, then visited the youngsters in their classroom, the party greeted by waving flags in support of both continents.

They spent some time in the classroom, taking the chance to view some of the work produced by the youngsters as part of the Mon Carnet de Golf programme before participating in a Q&A session with the pupils.

To mark their visit, the two captains were presented with good luck giftboxes and, in return, Bjørn and Furyk presented the school with a special Ryder Cup book signed by them both.

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup educational programme is a fantastic initiative which helps leave a lasting legacy in the host country. It was a huge success in Scotland in 2014 and it is great to see the youngsters in Frances really engaging with it.

“Mon Carnet de Golf helps introduce a new generation to the game of golf through wider learning, and hopefully Thomas and Jim’s visit will help inspire these pupils even further.”

Pascal Grizot, Chairman of Ryder Cup France 2018, said: “I am very happy that both Ryder Cup captains have decided to visit one of the many classrooms in France involved in the Mon Carnet de Golf programme. The captains’ visit is an important statement of support to this national educational programme, which is driven by school teachers.

“Mon Carnet de Golf shows children can learn golf in a fun way. Introducing golf to children is a great way to overcome the negative images golf sometimes has and allows them to discover the great benefits of the game. I hope the French pubic will also be able to see golf in this way.”

Le Golf National, France, will host The 2018 Ryder Cup from September 28-30, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year. Bjørn’s team will be looking to extend an impressive winning record on home soil which stretches back to Valderrama in 1997.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Ryder Cup Captains Help Inspire French Schoolchildren
Thomas Bjørn names the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-names-the-european-tour-foundation-as-the-official-charity-of-the-2018-ryder-cup/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:01:14 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20058 European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn today announced that the European Tour Foundation will be the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup...]]>

European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn today announced that the European Tour Foundation will be the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup.

The European Tour Foundation was launched in May this year, replacing the existing Tour Players Foundation, and will bring together, under one umbrella, the many philanthropic and charitable elements the Tour engages in.

Its mission statement sees it seek to make a positive impact in the communities in which the European Tour hosts tournaments. It also issues grants to grassroots golf initiatives and supports European Tour players’ charitable initiatives on a global scale.

The Foundation will benefit from a number of fundraising activities over the next 12 months leading up to the biennial contest at Le Golf National in France from September 28-30, 2018, where Europe will try to regain The Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year.

Bjørn said: “I am delighted, in my position as Ryder Cup Captain, to nominate the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity for The 2018 Ryder Cup.

“There is no question that the honour of being appointed Captain is the greatest gift that the European Tour can bestow on any of its members and, therefore, being able to repay the Tour’s charitable arm in this way and utilise the global impact of The Ryder Cup is very important.

“Having spent ten years as Chairman of the European Tour’s Tournament Committee, I know about the charitable efforts of many of our players in addition to what the Tour does collectively in the countries we visit.

“The newly constituted European Tour Foundation will help pull all these charitable initiatives together and its work will help The 2018 Ryder Cup leave a real legacy both in the host country France and around the world.”

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup has benefited many good causes over the years and the appointment of the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity for 2018 ensures we can help many more.

“Thomas has always been a huge supporter of the European Tour and our charitable work, and this announcement merely helps underline that.”

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Thomas Bjørn names the European Tour Foundation as the Official Charity of The 2018 Ryder Cup
2018 Ryder Cup PGA Member Ticketing Process Announced http://www.pgae.com/news/2018-ryder-cup-pga-member-ticketing-process-announced/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:34:27 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=20013 Details of how PGA Professionals can access tickets for the 2018 Ryder Cup Matches at Le Golf National in France have been released to European National PGAs.]]>

Details of how PGA Professionals can access tickets for the 2018 Ryder Cup Matches at Le Golf National in France have been released to European National PGAs.

PGA Members from PGAs of Europe Full Member Countries are entitled to 1 daily ticket per day or season ticket for free, and 1 daily ticket per day or season ticket with a 50% discount.

European National PGAs have been sent full details on how PGA Members can register their interest and obtain unique access codes for the PGA Member ticketing portal, which will go live at the end of January.

The Ryder Cup week is much more than just the three competition days, and will include the Ryder Cup Celebrity Match, a spectacular concert and a chance for fans to work on their own game in the dedicated Training Zones. For more details on what you can expect, visit www.rydercup.com/week.

Spectators are encouraged to use public transport during the week and more information can be found at www.rydercup.com/transport.

For queries about the ticketing process please contact your national PGA, or visit www.rydercup.com for general information

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2018 Ryder Cup PGA Member Ticketing Process Announced
Paratore launches 2018 Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris® http://www.pgae.com/news/paratore-launches-2018-junior-ryder-cup-at-disneyland-paris/ Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:03:04 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=19160 European Tour winner Renato Paratore has paid a special visit to Disneyland Paris® to launch the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup...]]>

European Tour winner Renato Paratore has paid a special visit to Disneyland Paris® to launch the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup.

The 20 year old, twice a Junior Ryder Cup player in 2012 and 2014, arrived at the world-famous venue in time to hit a spectacular tee shot down the park’s Main Street U.S.A.

 

For the first time, on 24-25 September 2018, Golf Disneyland will play host to the tournament, which is a celebration of the development work undertaken at grassroots level on both sides of the Atlantic.

The venue, located east of the French capital on the grounds of Disneyland Paris®, will add to the family-orientated atmosphere of the tournament which was established as an international showcase for golf’s next generation.

The site offers a prestigious Championship golf course, which has already proven its pedigree by hosting major events, including a European Challenge Tour tournament back in 1993. In 2011 Golf Disneyland also hosted another Challenge Tour event, the Challenge de France.

The resort has outstanding support facilities and is situated 60 kilometres from Le Golf National, the host venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Like The Ryder Cup, the Junior Ryder Cup is a biennial contest between Europe and America, but with each team consisting of six boys and six girls under the age of 18.

Paratore, who became the youngest winner on the European Tour for four seasons when he triumphed at the Nordea Masters last month, has gone from competing in the Junior Ryder Cup to the top of the professional game in just three years.

Having made such a sharp rise since joining the paid ranks, the Italian acknowledges the role the Junior Ryder Cup played in his transition from promising amateur to European Tour champion.

“It was a great experience for me,” he said. “To have the opportunity to represent Europe and to play against some of the leading players in the world when I was a teenager was brilliant.

“To play in such a big tournament at an early age and to be selected twice as well, really prepared me for the type of challenges I would face when I turned professional.

“I have lots of good memories of Disneyland Paris too. I came here with my mother when I was a child, but I’ve also been here before with my Junior Ryder Cup team mates – we had a lot of fun!

“I haven’t had the chance to play the golf course here, but I’ve heard lots of good things about it – and I’m sure the teams will really enjoy playing here next year.”

The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be the tenth staging of the event which has seen some of the world’s greatest players pass through its ranks.

Reigning Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match, and four years later was a member of Europe’s Ryder Cup Team in Brookline.

Two-time Major winner Suzann Pettersen took part in both the 1997 and 1999 editions of the Junior Ryder Cup, while four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy formed part of the victorious European side of 2004.

Hunter Mahan, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Lexi Thompson are some of the global stars who have represented the United States team – who have won six of the ten meetings between the two sides.

Click Here to Find Out More About the Junior Ryder Cup

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Paratore launches 2018 Junior Ryder Cup at Disneyland Paris®
Thomas Bjørn Names Robert Karlsson as First Vice Captain http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-names-robert-karlsson-as-first-vice-captain/ Wed, 31 May 2017 17:02:36 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18948 Captain Thomas Bjørn has named Sweden’s Robert Karlsson as his first vice captain for the 2018 contest...]]>

Swede is a two-time Ryder Cup player and a former European Number One
Karlsson has won 11 European Tour titles and made more than 560 appearances

European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn has named Sweden’s Robert Karlsson as his first vice captain for the 2018 contest against the United States at Le Golf National in France.

Karlsson twice represented Europe in The Ryder Cup, first as part of the record-breaking winning team in 2006 at The K Club, in Ireland, and then at Valhalla, Kentucky in 2008, when he defeated Justin Leonard 5&3 in the singles. Later that year he won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour’s Number One player, becoming the first Swedish player to achieve the honour, while he also won the World Cup of Golf alongside Henrik Stenson.

The 47 year old is Bjørn’s first appointment as part of his backroom team and he will bring a wealth of experience on the European Tour, having made more than 560 appearances, winning 11 titles during a career that has spanned 28 years.  He has also finished inside the top ten in all four of golf’s Major Championships.

Bjørn, who made the announcement on the eve of the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Karlsson’s native Sweden, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce Robert Karlsson as my first Vice Captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup. I know from all the Ryder Cups I have been involved in, both as a player and vice-captain, is it vital to have people around that you trust implicitly and Robert most definitely fits into that category.

“He has been one of my closest friends on Tour for many years and, not only that, he is immensely respected by all the players, both his peers and the younger guys now emerging. His playing credentials are impressive, having been a former European Number One, and he also knows the unique atmosphere of The Ryder Cup, having represented Europe both home and away.

Robert will be a vital foil for me over the next 16 months in all aspects of our preparation, including helping analyse statistical information on players, and I know he will give me his honest opinion on everything I ask. I am delighted to have him as part of the team.”

Karlsson said: “To get the call from Thomas was very special and I’m really looking forward to being part of The Ryder Cup again. It is a great honour to be a vice captain and I’m very much looking forward to the next 16 months.

“I’ve played in two Ryder Cups so I have the experience of what the players will face and also have a lot of experience on the European Tour. I know the players well and I know Thomas very well too, and I will be there to do whatever he needs me to do.”

The qualification campaign for the 2018 European Team gets underway at the D+D Real Czech Masters from August 31-September 3, 2017. The contest itself will be played at Le Golf National, France, from September 28-30, 2018, when Europe will try to regain the Ryder Cup following defeat at Hazeltine National last year and extend an impressive winning record on home soil which stretches back to Valderrama in 1997.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Thomas Bjørn Names Robert Karlsson as First Vice Captain
Public Ticket Registration Opens for The 2018 Ryder Cup http://www.pgae.com/news/public-ticket-registration-opens-for-the-2018-ryder-cup/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:00:28 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=18570 Public ticket registration for the greatest team competition in golf is now open...]]>

Ticket registration for the greatest team competition in golf is now open
Fans have until September 2017 to create an official Ryder Cup ticket account
Tickets will then be available on a first come, first served basis

The countdown to The 42nd Ryder Cup gets under way in earnest today, as ticket registration for the greatest team competition in golf opens.

The drama, tension, camaraderie and sportsmanship of one of the world’s greatest sporting contests returns from September 25-30 2018, when 24 of the finest players from Europe and the USA go head-to-head at Le Golf National in Paris.

The only way to secure your tickets to support Captain Thomas Bjørn and Team Europe as The Ryder Cup arrives in France for the first time, is to create an official Ryder Cup ticket account at rydercup.com/tickets.

Fans have until the beginning of September to create an account, before tickets go on sale on a first come, first served basis.  As well as the match days from September 28-30, tickets for the three practice days from September 25-27 will also be available. For more information on the ticket process, including ticket types and pricing visit rydercup.com/tickets.

Thousands of fans made the journey to Gleneagles in 2014 to get behind Team Europe as they claimed their third consecutive victory.

Demand amongst the European contingent is expected to be high once again when The Ryder Cup returns to mainland Europe for the first time since 1997 – and the Seve Ballesteros-inspired victory at Valderrama – as Bjørn and his players vie to take back the trophy won by Team USA at Hazeltine National last year.

Bjørn knows a thing or two about the passion and intensity of The Ryder Cup, with three appearances as a player and four as a vice captain already under his belt.

The Dane, who was the first player from his homeland to be selected for The Ryder Cup, is in no doubt about the role supporters play in the event.

He said: “One of the things that makes The Ryder Cup so special is the passion for this great contest from the public. Fans play a huge part in the success of The Ryder Cup, and nothing in golf is more exciting than feeling that support from the crowd at a home match.

“With the ticketing process now open, it reminds us all that the next 18 months will pass by before we know it. I know that fans around Europe will be as excited about the match as I am and I urge everyone to register for tickets and get behind the team.”

The only way to purchase tickets for The 42nd Ryder Cup is by creating a ticket account at rydercup.com/tickets.

Due to high demand, creating a ticket account does not guarantee tickets, however only those with an account will be able to access the first come, first served sale.

Details of PGA Member Ticketing will be released to all qualifying Member Country PGAs shortly

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Public Ticket Registration Opens for The 2018 Ryder Cup
Thomas Bjørn named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain http://www.pgae.com/news/thomas-bjorn-named-2018-european-ryder-cup-captain/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:15:44 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=17472 Thomas Bjørn has been named as the European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France, from September 28 - 30, 2018.]]>

Five-man panel selects the 45 year old as captain for Le Golf National
Bjørn becomes the first Dane to lead Europe
Has featured in seven Ryder Cups – three as a player, four as a vice captain

Thomas Bjørn has been named as the European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France, from September 28 – 30, 2018.

The 45 year old was the first Danish player to represent Europe against the United States when he made his debut under Seve Ballesteros in 1997, the year the biennial contest was first played in continental Europe at Valderrama, in Spain. Twenty-one years later, he will become the first Dane, and the first Scandinavian, to lead Europe when The Ryder Cup returns to mainland Europe for the second time at Le Golf National.

Bjørn will bring a wealth of experience to the role of captain, having featured on three victorious European Ryder Cup teams as a player, with successful appearances at The Belfry in 2002 and the win at Gleneagles in 2014 following his 1997 debut. He has also served as a vice captain on four occasions – under Bernhard Langer in 2004, Colin Montgomerie in 2010, José María Olazábal in 2012 and Darren Clarke at Hazeltine National earlier this year – while he has also made a hugely significant contribution to the development of the European Tour as Chairman of the Tournament Committee since 2007, a role he will now relinquish following his appointment as captain.

The 15-time European Tour winner, who was twice a runner-up in The Open Championship, also knows the 2018 host venue particularly well, having played in the Open de France a total of 14 times at Le Golf National, with his best finish a share of third place in 2007.

He was chosen as Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup captain by a five-man selection panel comprising the three most recent European Ryder Cup Captains – Clarke, Paul McGinley and Olazábal – as well as the Chief Executive of the European Tour, Keith Pelley, and European Tour Tournament Committee member Henrik Stenson.

He said: “It’s a huge honour for me to be named European captain for The 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris. This is one of the greatest days in my career.

“I studied a lot of captains as a player and as a vice captain and always wondered what that feeling would be like to be the one leading out a team of 12 great players. Now it’s my turn to do just that and it is an exciting moment for me.

“I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long, and now I will do the same with The Ryder Cup for the next two years. I’m very much looking forward to taking on this task.”

Bjørn’s Ryder Cup career began in 1997 when he qualified for Ballesteros’ team only a year after winning the first of his 15 European Tour titles at the Loch Lomond World Invitational, and only two years after winning the Challenge Tour Rankings in 1995. He won one-and-a-half points from his two matches at Valderrama, partnering Ian Woosnam to defeat Justin Leonard and Brad Faxon in the fourballs, and then halving with Leonard in the singles.

In his next appearance in 2002, Bjørn took two points from his four matches at The Belfry, teaming up with Clarke to defeat Tiger Woods and Paul Azinger in the fourballs, and beating Stewart Cink in the singles.

He had to wait another 12 years to make his third appearance as a player, qualifying for McGinley’s team at Gleneagles where he partnered Martin Kaymer to earn half a point against Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in the Friday fourballs.

In the intervening period between his second and third appearance, Bjørn was part of the backroom staff on three occasions, assisting Langer at Oakland Hills in 2004, Montgomerie at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 and Olazábal at Medinah in 2012. He then reprised that role under Clarke at Hazeltine National earlier this year in his only experience of defeat to date in the Ryder Cup arena.

Bjørn now succeeds Clarke and will lead the European bid to reclaim the Ryder Cup, while he will be looking to extend the continent’s impressive run of consecutive victories on home soil to six.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, speaking on behalf of the Ryder Cup Europe selection panel, said: “We are delighted to announce that Thomas has accepted the invitation from the panel to captain Europe at The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.

“Thomas has many wonderful characteristics which he will bring to the role of captain. Firstly, he is incredibly experienced having played in three winning Ryder Cup teams and having been a vice captain four times. He also has commitment. We have seen that over the last nine years as Tournament Committee chairman, so we know as Ryder Cup captain he will have the same unwavering commitment.

“Thirdly, he has passion. Not only for this wonderful game, but for the European Tour and Team Europe and he wants the Ryder Cup to be the greatest sporting event it can be. So when you look at his these characteristics, I am convinced they will make him great Ryder Cup captain.”

Bjørn is the second captain after Clarke to be chosen using Ryder Cup Europe’s new selection process – the third method used to pick The Ryder Cup captain since players from Continental Europe joined the fold for the 1979 contest, under the captaincy of John Jacobs, at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

From then until 1997, when the late Ballesteros led Europe in his homeland at Valderrama, the European Ryder Cup Captain was chosen by the Ryder Cup Committee, who selected Jacobs again in 1981, Tony Jacklin in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989, and Bernard Gallacher in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

However, in 1999, Mark James was the first European captain to be nominated by the European Tour’s Tournament Committee and ratified by the Ryder Cup Board, a process which went on to select Sam Torrance (2002), Bernhard Langer (2004), Ian Woosnam (2006), Sir Nick Faldo (2008), Montgomerie (2010), Olazábal (2012) and McGinley (2014).

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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The Professional Game Giving Back… http://www.pgae.com/news/ryder-cup/the-professional-game-giving-back/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:04:00 +0000 Ian Randell http://www.pgae.com/?p=19151 A recap on the Ryder Cup and a look at the recent issue based around the event that looks at interviews and all things Ryder Cup.]]>

This month’s issue of IGPN is a Ryder Cup special edition that focuses on what was a wonderful few days of fantastic competition in Hazeltine.

Sadly for Team Europe our US cousins pulled away strongly in the latter stages to earn their first win since 2008. Our heartfelt congratulations go to Davis Love III and Team USA, and our commiserations go to Darren and all involved in Team Europe.

Result aside, the event was truly a spectacular one – the size and scale of the show that the PGA of America put on was fantastic and it was a pleasure and a privilege to be involved.

It was also an honour to represent Ryder Cup Europe and the PGAs of Europe at the Junior Ryder Cup matches just down the road at Interlachen Country Club at the beginning of the week.

As you’ll see in the below video, the matches are now an integral part of the Ryder Cup and really do act as a feeder for future Ryder and Solheim Cup stars. Again, whilst the outcome wasn’t necessarily in Europe’s favour, the event provides a unique experience to leading young players on both sides of the Atlantic.

Elsewhere in this issue you’ll see various other touch points that the PGAs of Europe has with the Ryder Cup, including the Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT) and then some excellent interviews with, and insights from, the PGA Professionals that have worked with some of the Europe’s finest players.

We are very proud to manage the RCEDT and during this year’s matches we celebrated ’10 Years of Trust’ – 10 years since the Trust began distributing funding across the continent to organisations and individuals to help them develop grass roots golf. A real and direct example of how the professional game gives back to the rest of the sport.

Over 35 projects in 29 countries have been supported ranging from PGAs, Federations, individual clubs and coaches, education systems and programmes, to golf development initiatives, helping golf to spread and prosper around Europe.

Soon we will accumulate all of this collective knowledge, along with further research of successful programmes, in order to share good practice and information through a golf development hub and toolkit.

Lastly, and whilst not strictly connected with the Ryder Cup, it’s important we mention the recently launched Golf & Health Project that we have been involved with.

Together with researchers from various universities and institutions around the world, the World Golf Foundation and its constituent organisations, and leading academics, there is now solid and researched evidence to support what many of us had already thought about golf.

Golf is good for you – it’s as simple as that. Golfers can live 5 years longer, have reduced chances of getting over 40 chronic diseases, and can have increased confidence, self worth and

self esteem. A message that we can all, no matter who or where you are, can get behind and share to the wider world.

As always, feel free to get in touch with Editor, Aston Ward (aw@pgae.com), if you have feedback, ideas or would like to contribute to IGPN and A.S.K.

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Inside The Ropes at The Ryder Cup… http://www.pgae.com/news/inside-the-ropes-at-the-ryder-cup/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:07:47 +0000 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland http://www.pgae.com/?p=16769 A career as a PGA Professional can lead to many places and for Mike Walker it's led inside the ropes of the Ryder Cup...]]>

The Yorkshire, UK, coach, along with mentor and PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Master Professional Pete Cowen, is at Hazeltine National Golf Club working with six players.

During two practice rounds, Walker has been a familiar figure alongside the groups of Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick, analysing and assessing and stepping in with input if needed.

Reflecting on his role at the 41st Ryder Cup, Walker admits much of the groundwork has been laid prior to arrival but he’s is on hand to fine-tune if required.

“It is a funny week, I saw Dan with Pete at the range last week, and that’s where you do the work really,” said Walker.

“Matt I had seen him in Italy the week before but he had come to America to practise. I saw Chris Wood as well and you kind of get it all off your chest then on what you’re doing.

“Really, when you are here, it is reiterating what you’ve worked on and dealing with anything that crops up – whether it is shots they hit on the course, how they feel or whatever it is. You might not be used that much but it’s just in case.”

They are also a sounding board – not just for the players but for European captain Darren Clarke and his vice captains too.

“I’ve been to one Ryder Cup, Pete’s been to 11 so they tap into that a bit, we speak to vice captains about how they are playing and feeling, also acting as a middleman between them. It’s quite diverse but the lion’s share is shots and how they are feeling and what’s happened if they’ve missed it in a certain direction.”

Doing your work under the eyes of thousands of spectators could potentially be pretty intimidating but Walker takes it all in his stride.

“You definitely get more accustomed to it, even just going to major championships, there is a novelty to it but like anything else you just get used to it, you’re less fazed, calmer and you have dealt with difficult situations in the past which helps you deal with them in the future. I’ve got some experience, not as much as Pete or David Leadbetter, but enough.”

Working with elite level performers brings its own set of challenges – not least because they are so good – but it’s a role that Walker relishes.

“It’s harder to see things because it is much more subtle, but a lot of principles cross over and you self-perpetuate. The more you do it, the more you get an eye for it, the more experience you have, the more you handle situations better.”

And like any person seeking to improve there is no resting on laurels. It’s very much a case of always learning and building the knowledge base.

“I don’t think you can afford not to,” added Walker. “We are lucky to be exposed to elite level players and the more you are exposed the more you learn, you almost gain a competitive advantage in a way. The day you stop learning is the day it’s time to hang up your boots and do something else.”

For any aspiring coaches, Walker has some sage advice.

“You have just go to love your topic. In my experience I’ve always been motivated when I’m interested. If you lose your interest that is dangerous, I’d say Pete (Cowen), like myself, is obsessed with golf and coaching and that’s the key.”

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Club Pro Enjoys Surreal Ryder Cup Moment – Paul Mitchell http://www.pgae.com/news/club-pro-enjoys-surreal-ryder-cup-moment-paul-mitchell/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:15:23 +0000 PGA of Great Britain & Ireland http://www.pgae.com/?p=16773 'Pretty surreal' was Paul Mitchell's initial thought on seeing his pupil and friend, Chris Wood, stride the fairways of Hazeltine at the Ryder Cup...]]>

‘Pretty surreal’ was Paul Mitchell’s initial thought on seeing Chris Wood stride the spectator-lined fairways of Hazeltine during the first official practice of the 41st Ryder Cup.

 

And no wonder. The Bristol and Clifton Golf Club head PGA Professional first coached Wood as a teenager so to see him scale the heights of one of sport’s greatest events is definitely something to cherish.

But if Mitchell did give it much thought, it was only fleeting because he had serious work to do – helping the 28 year old Wood get prepared for what will arguably be one of the more nervy first tee shots of his career to date on Friday.

Wood has broadened his coaching team and it also includes fellow PGA pros Mike Walker and putting specialist Phil Kenyon who were also patrolling the fairways and greens.

But while both have experienced Ryder Cups before in a coaching capacity, Hazeltine marks Mitchell’s first involvement in the biennial clash and focus is the buzz word of the day.

“I think it goes back to your professionalism as a club pro,” he said.

“You could easily get a bit side-tracked, and start looking at the other players but you are there with a particular player and your job is to look after them. And to be honest, you are so in your own bubble. It’s like when you are playing golf – you focus while you’re out there and it’s the same when you are coaching at an event like this.

“OK, now and then, you might think ‘bloody hell I’m talking to Rory’ when you are walking down the fairway but you are focused on your player and they’ve always got to come first.

“You want to make sure your player is in tip top condition, and everything you could have done is ready by Friday morning. That’s what I’m focusing on.”

Strategy off the tee is set to be key at Hazeltine and day one gave the players the opportunity to see what challenge the Minnesota course offers. Wood was playing with Rory MclIroy,  Sergio Garcia and Andy Sullivan.

“A lot of the time it is more about getting the tee strategy right,” added Mitchell. “The par four 15th was a perfect example. It’s a dogleg left. We’ve hit driver while everyone else has hit 3-wood and actually they’ve ended up with a really difficult second shot to the green. If you hit driver, it’s actually a bigger target once you get past the trees. It’s just working things out like that – devising your own strategy. I noticed that with the players today – they were all doing their own thing which is important.

“I think there are some key holes. There is a particularly difficult hole on the front nine (the seventh) which used to be on the back nine.

“It’s where you have water on the right, you drive over water, and have to hit driver really because it is into the wind. The second shot is to a really narrow green with water all around and today it was into a 15mph cold wind!

“That is a particularly difficult hole  and the par threes are long – 250 yards. But you realise when you come out here and see them hit three and four irons, you realise that they are at a different level with long irons. iI’d probably need to use my driver to reach!”

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Europe Suffer Defeat in the Junior Ryder Cup http://www.pgae.com/news/europe-suffer-defeat-in-the-junior-ryder-cup/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:30:24 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=16745 Despite a valiant effort in the singles session, Europe were beaten 15½ -8½ by their United States counterparts in the tenth edition of the Junior Ryder Cup at]]>

Despite a valiant effort in the singles session, Europe were beaten 15½ -8½ by their United States counterparts in the tenth edition of the Junior Ryder Cup at Interlachen Country Club.

Some early momentum was provided by Kristoffer Reitan, who edged a high-quality encounter with Davis Shore, and Frida Kinhult, who secured a half point to remain unbeaten, but the strength in depth of the US team proved pivotal as they won the final day 8½-3½.

Eugene Hong’s one up victory over Matias Honkala took Captain Jim Remy’s charges past the magic 12 point mark, and continued the United States’ dominance of a competition which started life in 1997.

Late wins for Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen (two up) and Marcus Svensson (3&1) over Wilson Furr and Noah Goodwin respectively were ultimately rendered redundant, as the United States registered their fifth straight victory in the competition.

Remy’s counterpart, Maitena Alsuguren, was naturally disappointed that her team were unable to overturn a 7-5 deficit from the opening day’s play, but was nonetheless delighted with her team’s fighting spirit.

She said: “Even though we lost, I’m still very proud of my team. We needed to get off to a fast start, and whilst Kristoffer and Frida played very well, unfortunately we weren’t able to build on it. But the American team played very well, they showed their quality today and deserved to win.

“It was always going to be difficult, and we really needed every player to play to their maximum. But if your opponent has a great day, there’s not much you can do about it.

“They will learn from the experience, about how to play under pressure and also what it takes to compete at the highest level. I’m sure we will see many of them on the European Tour and the Ladies’ European Tour in the years to come, and I’m also sure we will come back strong in the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup.”

Kinhult, whose brother Marcus competed in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, was certainly delighted to have played her part, having contributed two-and-a-half points to Europe’s cause.

She said: “It’s been an amazing experience, I’m so proud of how I fought back today. With six holes left to play, I just told myself that I’d better start doing something. I started making lots of birdie putts, and it’s great to finish the competition unbeaten. We’ve all had such a good time, and I will remember this week for the rest of my life.”

Reitan, who chipped in on the last hole to seal victory in style, echoed the sentiments of his fellow Scandinavian.

He said: “It was a special end to a special week, so I’m really pleased. It was a tough day, I didn’t play my best but I fought so hard and in the end it worked out well. I holed a long putt from off the green on the 16th, then hit a great iron shot into the 17th and chipped in on the last, so it was great to finish strongly and it gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year.”

The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be played in Disneyland Paris. The United States have won six times, including the inaugural edition in in 1997. The 2006 contest was halved, with Europe lifting the trophy in 1999, 2002 and 2004.

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PGAs of Europe Ryder Cup Coach Hub Launches http://www.pgae.com/news/pgas-of-europe-ryder-cup-coach-hub-launches/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:10:17 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=16696 The PGAs of Europe's Ryder Cup Coach Hub focuses on the 12 Ryder Cup Team Europe Professionals and the PGA Professionals that work alongside them...]]>

The PGAs of Europe have launched a Ryder Cup Coach Hub that focuses on the 12 Members of the European Ryder Cup Team and the PGA Professionals that work alongside them.

The Hub at PGAE.com (http://eur.pe/RyderCupPGAPros) details the players alongside their PGA Professional coaches, together with key information about how they made the team and their existing records in the biennial competition.

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Visit the Ryder Cup Coach Hub at: http://eur.pe/RyderCupPGAPros

For the first time, the PGA Professionals from across the PGAs of Europe’s Member Countries that support, and have supported, Team Europe’s members are detailed together giving an insight into their successful working relationships, and shining a spotlight on the work that goes on behind the scenes to aid the development of golf’s superstars.

The Association’s role as a partner within Ryder Cup Europe through the vehicle of the Ryder Cup European Development Trust, provides the ideal vantage point to look at the key links between the 12 members and the root of their games, the PGA Professional.

“After the success of our Olympic Coach Hub, it made great sense to look at the European Ryder Cup Team in a similar way,” said PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell.

“The 12 members of Team Europe have worked incredibly hard across their careers to get to where they are now and have all been influenced by the coaching of PGA Professionals.  Since its inception, The PGA and PGA Professionals have been inherently linked to the Ryder Cup so the Hub is a great vehicle to allow us to celebrate their work throughout Europe.”

Each Player-Coach listing contains details on the relationships between the players and their PGA Professional coaches, along with articles and video with coaches about the players.

For more information about the PGAs of Europe visit www.pgae.com, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.RyderCup.com.

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Dates Announced for The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National http://www.pgae.com/news/dates-announced-for-the-2018-ryder-cup-at-le-golf-national/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:35:28 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=16728 The Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris will be played from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 2018.]]>

The Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris will be played from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 2018.

The date for the 42nd staging of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States of America was revealed last night during a reception at the Residence of the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, hosted by Her Excellency Sylvie Bermann and attended by, amongst others, Pascal Grizot, President of the France 2018 Ryder Cup Committee and European Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills.

The 2018 edition of The Ryder Cup will be only the second time in the event’s history that it has been staged in Continental Europe, following Valderrama Golf Club in Spain in 1997.

Pascal Grizot said: “Some dates will be forever engraved in our memories when we look back at the history y of The Ryder Cup in France. The 28th, 29th, and 30th of September 2018 will be the first of many.

 “The 21st September 2016 will also play a part. Yesterday, the countdown has been officially launched and the date fixed for all French and passionate golfers alike.

“Since 17th May 2011, when our country was designated host to the most famous Europe  vs America match, we have been putting all our energy and passion into three days that will forever change the image of golf in France. Our excitement grows as that date comes ever closer.”

Richard Hills said: “To be able to announce the official dates of The Ryder Cup is always a significant milestone in any country’s Ryder Cup journey.

“We are already working on making The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National one of the biggest and best that Europe has ever staged, and we are sure France will be exceptional hosts for another compelling edition of this great sporting occasion.”

To register for interest in tickets or hospitality, click here.

Darren Clarke will lead the European Team to the USA on Monday to defend The Ryder Cup at Hazeltine Golf Club in Minnesota, aiming to become the first team from either side – since the contest was expanded to include players from Continental Europe in 1979 – to win on four successive occasions.

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Rose Strikes Gold on Historic Day For Golf http://www.pgae.com/news/olympics/rose-strikes-gold-on-historic-day-for-golf/ Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:01:11 +0000 International Golf Federation (IGF) http://www.pgae.com/?p=16304 Great Britain’s Justin Rose followed in the footsteps of George Lyon of Canada when he climbed onto the podium to collect theOlympic gold medal in Rio]]>

It took 112 years for golf to find a new Olympic champion, but it was well worth the wait.  Great Britain’s Justin Rose followed in the footsteps of the long-departed George Lyon of Canada when he climbed onto the podium to collect the Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

On a sun-drenched final day, in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000 at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course, Rose added the Olympic crown to his 2013 US Open title after a prolonged and exciting battle down the stretch with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

In the end, the packed grandstand which turned the 18th arena into a noisy sporting amphitheatre, watched spellbound as Rose got up-and-down from the side of the green for the birdie which sealed a worthy gold medal performance.

Stenson, who knew he needed to hole a 25-footer of his own to force a play-off, three-putted and the first Olympic golf competition since 1904 had a new champion.

Stenson, who emerged on top after a similarly epic shoot-out with Phil Mickelson in The Open at Royal Troon last night, had to accept second place this time and the silver medal was a deserving reward for his part in a wonderful spectacle which saw Matt Kuchar of the United States claim the bronze medal after a course record-equalling last round of 63.

Rose finished with four rounds in the sixties and his closing 67 secured the gold medal with a 16-under-par total of 268. Stenson took silver with a fourth-round 68 for 270 and Kuchar’s swashbuckling last day brought home the remaining medal on 271.

The leading three players completed the 72-hole test detached from the rest of the field, in which Belgium’s Thomas Pieters finished a highly creditable fourth after slicing 12 shots off his third-round 77 with a final day 65.

After holing out for a birdie four on the 18th, Rose punched the air in celebration and fell into the arms of his wife, Kate, before savouring the medal ceremony as the Olympic golf champion.

“Olympic gold medalist – It sounds absolutely incredible,” said the 36-year-old.  “I was on that last green, just sort of pinching myself and taking myself back to the quote that I had given about the Olympics all along – that I hoped my resumé one day read: ‘multiple major champion and Olympic gold medalist’ and if that happened then I’d be a very, very happy man.  I pretty much just need the multiple major now, but for the most part, I’m there on that quote.

“The whole week, I’ve been so focused, really, to be honest with you.  I’ve been so into it.  I’ve been so up for it.  I’ve been just so determined, I suppose, to represent Team GB as best as I could, and it was just the most magical week, it really was.”

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The final round in Rio delivered the anticipated head-to-head between two outstanding major champions. And both men held a narrow lead at different times as they exchanged birdies.

It seemed that Stenson might repeat his Open victory at Royal Troon when he edged in front due to a Rose bogey at the 13th, but he handed back the initiative to the Englishman when he bogeyed the 14th and Rose knocked in an eight-footer for birdie on the 15th.

Despite both men missing the green at the last, it was Stenson who blinked first, hitting a weak chip to 25 feet while Rose struck a deft chip close to the hole for a cast-iron birdie four.

Stenson recognised the quality of the golf on display on the final day and admitted: “When you’re in good position to try and win, you always kind of feel a little disappointed afterwards.  But at the same time, we said that all along in the Olympics, you’ve got some pretty good consolation prizes.

“I guess if you would have asked me before the week that I would leave here with a medal, I would have been pretty pleased and I managed to do that.  I’m quite happy, I didn’t feel like I played my absolute best throughout the week but I played good enough to put myself in contention and that was my goal.  Once I was up there, I played pretty well but I needed to play one or two shots better to win it today. “

Rose paid tribute to his rival and friend by saying: “I just said today that I had to out‑Stenson Stenson.  I knew I wasn’t going to get much from him at all.  Obviously the bogey at the last only came because he had to force the putt in.

“But he is unbelievable.  He’s relentless and a great player, and I can’t wait to be on the same team as him in The Ryder Cup.  He’s a great player and he’s a great friend, and I just gave him a hug on the 18th green and he was as gracious as ever. I just said to him, ‘Great summer – winning The Open Championship’, I was so pleased for him.  There are very few guys are you really genuinely, genuinely happy for, and Henrik is one of them.”

Bronze medalist Kuchar just came up short, despite equaling the record 63 set by Australian Marcus Fraser on Thursday. Had he not three putted the 16thand failed to birdie the 18th, he might just have grabbed another colour of medal.

The American Ryder Cup player said: “It’s just an amazing week. It’s a boyhood dream come true. I keep expressing the feeling of sheer pride.  I knew when I was out there playing that I was in third place.  I certainly didn’t want to lose that but also wanted to keep pushing forward.

“While I was out there, playing that back nine, the sense of being an Olympic medalist really hit me.  There were times I kind of had to back off a few times and regather my thoughts and composure to make sure I try to continue to hit good shots and keep making birdies.”

QUOTES OF THE DAY

JUSTIN ROSE: “I think it sits alongside the US Open trophy for me, for sure.  I think people want to keep comparing the two, major championship or Olympic gold, I don’t think they should be compared to one another.  I said earlier this year that if my resumé one day read “multiple major champion and Olympic gold medalist,” I would be a very, very happy man.  Just going to tag on another major now.”

HENRIK STENSON: “You play for your country and I think I did that pretty well today.  It was always going to be a battle ‑‑ or I was hoping it was going to be a battle with me and Justin for the gold and the silver, and it was in the end.  I think we both pleased to be a couple of shots ahead of Matt there coming into the last couple of holes, and it was down to the last hole and Justin just swung that a little bit quicker than me up the 18th (laughs).”

MATT KUCHAR: “I grew up a fan of sport.  I had the dreams most boys have of hoping to compete in an Olympics, hoping to win a medal.  The sport I ended up choosing was the sport that through my lifetime has not been an Olympic sport.  When it did become an Olympic sport, the lights went off and said, how amazing, I can’t believe I now potentially have the opportunity.”

JUSTIN ROSE: (on using a picture of Michael Phelps for motivation) “I think the picture sort of circulated on social media a little bit.  I think Michael Phelps is literally just doing his stroke, eyes forward, and then there’s a guy to his right kind of looking at him.  You know, part of our mentality was just to keep our eyes forward and play as hard as we could and take care of our business.  That’s what Henrik does so well.  I knew that would be a strategy that wouldn’t necessarily give me an advantage today but it would kind of ‑ it was something that was going to be very, very useful.  It was a nice, powerful image on which to work off.”

HENRIK STENSON: (comparing Olympic atmosphere to a major championship) “It is slightly different and I don’t think you necessarily need to compare, either.  It’s a whole new experience for us as golfers, participating here, and it’s been a fun one.  I’m really happy I went.  It’s memories of a lifetime being here competing, and we’re competing for our countries more than we do normally in a way.  Yeah, it’s been a nice ten days in Brazil.”

MATT KUCHAR: “To look at the support that was out here, to look at the guys that came through, won medals, I think it speaks for itself.  This event has gone over I think fantastically well.  Amazing support from the crowds.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect as far as golf in Brazil.  I didn’t think that it would have great support and it really did. If you take the broadcast and then look at what a great showdown to have these two guys battling down the end.  I don’t know that it could have gone much better for the game.  It’s a clear winner to move forward.”

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2016 Ryder Cup PGA Member Ticketing Details Announced http://www.pgae.com/news/2016-ryder-cup-pga-member-ticketing-details-announced/ Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:26:46 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=14405 Details of how PGA Members can obtain tickets for the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches have been released...]]>

Hazeltine National Golf Course, Minnesota, USA

Sept 27 – Oct 2, 2016

PGA Members from PGAs of Europe Full Member Countries are entitled to one daily PGA Member Pavilion ticket free of charge.

The PGA member will also have the option to purchase one daily grounds ticket for their spouse OR guest. This discounted ticket will provide access to the PGA Member Pavilion, and is offered at 50% of the cost of the corresponding daily Grounds tickets.

  • Tuesday & Wednesday discounted price $17.50
  • Thursday, discounted price $50
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, discounted price $65

Members should go to the Admissions Trailer/Will Call (located at the main spectator entrance) and be prepared to show their current membership card along with photo identification. There is no need to pre-book tickets.

The member’s spouse/guest must accompany the PGA Member when the ticket is purchased.

Tickets are only available to Full PGA Members (i.e. not Trainees/Assistants/etc.).

The PGA Member Pavilion ticket provides access to the grounds as well as the PGA Member Pavilion.

For more information on the 2016 Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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2016 Ryder Cup PGA Member Ticketing Details Announced
Tributes Pour In For Late Ryder Cup Hero Christy O’Connor Jnr http://www.pgae.com/news/tributes-pour-in-for-late-ryder-cup-hero-christy-oconnor-jnr/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:44:12 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=13805 Christy O’Connor Jnr, a former Ryder Cup hero, European Tour and Senior Tour veteran, and pioneer of golf in Ireland, has died aged 67.]]>

Christy O’Connor Jnr, a former Ryder Cup hero, European Tour and Senior Tour veteran, and pioneer of golf in Ireland, has died aged 67.

The Galway native passed away in his sleep while on holiday in Tenerife. He is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Ann and son Nigel.

O’Connor Jnr is best known for hitting one of the most famous shots in Ryder Cup history – a two-iron approach to the 18th green at The Belfry in 1989 which came to rest four feet from the hole, helping Tony Jacklin’s team retain the cup courtesy of a 14-14 tie.

That was the first of two appearances in the world’s most famous team golf event, having also represented Great Britain and Ireland in 1975 following the most successful of his 28 seasons playing on The European Tour, spanning three decades.

The nephew of another famous Irish golfer, Christy O’Connor, two of his four European Tour victories came that season, the second of which was a glorious homecoming at the Irish Open, and he later added two more titles – the latter in the 1992 British Masters.

From The European Tour’s inception in 1972, he did not finish outside the top 100 in the Order of Merit in his first 21 seasons, and that class and longevity extended into his Senior Tour career.

In his maiden campaign in the over-50s ranks, O’Connor Jnr stormed to a three-shot victory in the 1999 Senior Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club, before returning to Northern Ireland a year later to successfully defend the title at Royal County Down.

He also lifted two titles on the Champions Tour in America in 1999, and his success did not halt after hanging up his clubs.

O’Connor Jnr latterly forged an extremely successful career as a golf course designer, with Shane Lowry’s home golf course Esker Hills, former Irish Open venue Fota Island and recent host of the Challenge Tour’s Irish Challenge, Mount Wolseley – where he played in the Pro-Am last October – among the lay-outs in his portfolio.

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Tributes:

George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour from 2004-2015, said: “It is a very sad day for the O’Connor family and for Ireland as a whole.

“Christy Jnr was a legendary figure and his immense legacy is far more than purely his playing record. He was a universally popular player and always enhanced every tournament he played, no matter the occasion. His infectious charm will be sorely missed.”

Ken Schofield, Executive Director of The European Tour from 1975-2004 and Board Director for the PGAs of Europe, said: “Christy Jnr’s playing record will rightly depict him as one of Ireland and Europe’s leading players of his generation – the generation that set the template for today’s global European Tour.

“Much more so for everyone involved with the Tour and the game of golf, Christy will be remembered as a gentleman spirit – every amateur golfer’s dream as the perfect Pro-Am partner, on and off the golf course. It is a very sad day for the game and our hearts go out to Ann and all the extended family.”

PGA Chief Executive and Chairman of the PGAs of Europe, Sandy Jones, added: “It’s fair to say Christy will probably be best remembered for the incredible shot he hit at The Belfry in the 1989 Ryder Cup when he beat Fred Couples. It’s one of those moments that will live long in the memory of anyone who saw it.

“He was an outstanding player and also an Irishman who won the Irish Open, so he had a good career including playing in two Ryder Cups 14 years apart, which was an amazing feat, but more than that he was a really nice guy.

“I knew him quite well and did a few dinners with him and always enjoyed his company. The great thing about him was that he always had a laugh and a smile on his face and was a legendary figure of Irish golf.

“He was a great character and I was very shocked and very saddened to hear of his sudden passing and he will certainly be missed.”

Tony Jacklin, two-time Major winner and 1989 Ryder Cup Captain, said: “It is very sad news. Looking back, it was very hard not to pick Christy for the 1985 Ryder Cup team but José Rivero had won on The Belfry that year so it was obviously a decision based purely on golf.

“But we were delighted to have him on the team in 1989 and I remember he was very excited when I told him.

“Obviously I followed him very closely down the last two holes at The Belfry in 1989 and I caught him before he teed off at the 18th. I had noticed on the previous hole that Fred’s (Couples) hands were not operating properly – he had missed a short putt – so I knew Christy had him.

“Christy hit a wonderful tee shot and the Fred pulled his, but because he was so long he cleared the water, leaving himself with an eight iron, while Christy had a two iron. I said to Christy, ‘come on, one more good swing for Ireland’ and of course he hit the shot of his lifetime. We couldn’t have retained it without him, no doubt.

“He had a great effect on the team room too. We had a great team unity and he was a big part of that.

“Obviously Christy played in the shadow of his uncle but he became a legend in his own right, especially in Ireland. He will also be remembered for his architecture and his name will live on for a long time to come.

“My thoughts go out to his family. Of course, he endured the loss of his son and we will all be thinking about his wife Ann at this difficult time, no doubt about that.”

Eamonn Darcy, European Tour and Senior Tour veteran and close friend of O’Connor Jnr, said: “Christy and I used to reminisce a lot about the early 1970s, when we used to travel together everywhere and practice and play together all the time.

“Actually it is exactly 40 years since we won a famous old ‘better-ball’ event down in Bournemouth, which I was reminded of today – a tournament we won back-to-back together.

“Then of course we played together in the 1975 Ryder Cup, which was a very proud moment for both of us.

“I think you could write two books about our lives together. He was a great man, a real family man who obviously went through a bad time when his son passed away. But that shot in 1989 was just amazing and it was such a great time for his family.

“Christy obviously had big boots to fill after his uncle, but I never thought Christy Senior would be burying his nephew.

“He was the life and soul of every party – ask anybody on tour and they will tell you the same thing. He would always be the one to get the party going if the atmosphere on tour was a bit flat.

“He was very dedicated to his family and loved them to bits – obviously that is said of a lot of people but it was so true for Christy.

“He was a great player and a great friend. He had a great life but I’m just sorry it went so quickly and so suddenly, without time to say goodbye. It’s hard to comprehend – I had only had dinner with him last week.

“He was great for golf and did so much work for charity in Ireland. He was a household name and it is a very sad day. I have lost a true friend.”

The 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley said:  “This is a terribly sad day for Christy’s family, obviously, but also for all of Ireland and lovers of golf worldwide.

“I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it this morning, especially as just before Christmas I had a wonderful night out in Dublin with Christy and some of the older Irish pros  – Des Smyth, Eamonn Darcy, Philip Walton, Jimmy Heggarty and Paddy McGuirk, as well as Ray Latchford who used to caddie for Christy and Des.

“We had a great night – full of memories, full of stories and full of good old Irish craic and laughs, and it is the laughter and fun that I will remember most about Christy.

 “When I first came out on Tour in the early 1990s, guys like Christy, Darce, Jimmy Hegarty and Smythie were senior players and made time for me and took me under their wing. I had countless dinners with those guys, what a learning education that was!!

“They helped equip me for life on and off the Tour. I was very lucky to have had that time and a great relationship with Christy, which makes today’s news all the harder to take.”

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Peter Millar, Official Ryder Cup Licensee to 2016 & 2018 Ryder Cup Matches http://www.pgae.com/news/peter-millar-official-ryder-cup-licensee-to-2016-2018-ryder-cup-matches/ Thu, 17 Dec 2015 08:52:24 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=14187 Peter Millar, a leader in the luxury apparel market, has extended its relationship with Ryder Cup Europe to continue as an Official Licensee. Following its succ]]>

Peter Millar, a leader in the luxury apparel market, has extended its relationship with Ryder Cup Europe to continue as an Official Licensee. Following its success in 2012 and 2014, Peter Millar will produce collections for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota and The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Paris.

Peter Millar’s collection will feature both the Ryder Cup Shield and the Trophy logo across its garments, the Trophy logo only being offered to Licensees for use as part of premium Ryder Cup collections. Peter Millar’s exclusive offerings for its customers will feature luxurious knit shirts and sweaters, as well as performance polos, layering garments and outerwear from the Crown Sport collection. The renewed license agreement will allow Peter Millar to showcase both its regular fit garments, as well as the new “Tailored Fit” collection more suited to the European market.

“We’re thrilled to extend this agreement with Ryder Cup Europe for the next two Ryder Cup matches, as The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest events in sport.” said Mark Hilton, European Golf Sales Director at Peter Millar UK Ltd. “This agreement shows how highly the Peter Millar brand is now regarded in Europe and is in addition to our ongoing partnership with The PGAs of Europe. We’re sure that customers from across the globe will continue to enjoy Peter Millar products featuring the Ryder Cup logos.”

Director of Ryder Cup Europe, Richard Hills, said: “Ryder Cup Europe is delighted to have renewed its Official Licensee relationship with Peter Millar, following on from its successes in both the 2012 and the 2014 editions. Peter Millar was a valued part of our Licensee programme, and their garments also proved very popular with Ryder Cup fans at The 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland.”

Peter Millar Ryder Cup apparel can be found at euroshop.rydercup.com as well as in store at Le Golf National, Paris. As the 2018 event draws nearer, Peter Millar Ryder Cup apparel will additionally be available at other selected golf clubs and retailers across Europe, as the matches return to mainland Europe for the first time since 1997.

Click Here to Visit the Peter Millar Corporate Partner Hub Page

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Italy to Host the 2022 Ryder Cup http://www.pgae.com/news/italy-to-host-the-2022-ryder-cup/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:32:52 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=13598 The Italian capital city of Rome will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022. The historic announcement, made today by Ryder Cup Europe, will see golf’s]]>

The Italian capital city of Rome will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022. The historic announcement, made today by Ryder Cup Europe, will see golf’s greatest team event staged on the Continent of Europe for the third time.

The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, only 17km from the centre of Rome, will follow in the footsteps of Club de Golf Valderrama in Spain (1997) and Le Golf National in France (2018) – when the 44th edition of the match between Europe and the United States is staged in the autumn of 2022.

Four nations – Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain – had participated in an exhaustive and comprehensive Bid Process to identify the country best qualified to follow Hazeltine National in Minnesota next year; France in 2018 and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020, as host of the biennial contest. Initially the number had been seven when the process began in June last year, but Denmark, Portugal and Turkey withdrew their interest in the early stages.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour – the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe – led a five-strong Bid Evaluation Committee comprising Europe’s Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Match Director Edward Kitson, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development David MacLaren and European Tour Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Orr, who thoroughly examined and evaluated all four Bids, including undertaking a series of site inspections.

The objective of the process was to enable Ryder Cup Europe to arrive at the correct sporting and commercial decision in terms of the host for 2022.

To that end, the Bid Evaluation Committee judged the candidates on five specific criteria: (i) Demonstrable Government, Political, Institutional and Golfing Community support; (ii) Commitment to the development of a world-class golf facility (new or existing) to host The 2022 Ryder Cup; (iii) Provision of ancillary facilities, suitable access and infrastructure commensurate with the staging of an international sporting event, including proximity to a major international city; (iv) Commercial opportunities available to The Ryder Cup; and (v) Contribution of the Bid Country to the development of golf in terms of Legacy, Contribution to the professional game, Integration of golf within tourism and business communities, Development of levels of golf participation, Professional tournament golf at all levels, and contribution to The Ryder Cup: eg Player eligibility and participation.

The Bid Committee was assisted in their evaluation procedure by three prominent external advisers in Michael Payne, Nick Bitel and Paul Bush, who brought considerable experience from their specialist sporting backgrounds, namely the Olympic Movement, the London Marathon and The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.

The Italian bid was consistently strong across all the areas evaluated and in particular in their pledge to undertake a complete reconstruction of the golf course at Marco Simone to the highest standards demanded by Ryder Cup Europe, in addition to a hugely significant commitment to the Italian Open in terms of guaranteeing a €7 million prize fund for the championship for 11 years, beginning in 2017. In 2016, the prize fund will double from its current figure of €1.5 million to a minimum of €3 million.

Keith Pelley said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup. History has shown time and again that The Ryder Cup is pure theatre with the players the stars, and there is no question that the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf.

“With Paris in 2018 and now Rome in 2022 being the respective host cities for Europe’s next two stagings of biennial contest against the United States, the magical appeal of The Ryder Cup is set to continue.

“In addition, we have exciting plans for the development of The European Tour and our International Schedule for the benefit of all our players, and Italy shares this ambition. Their commitment to the Italian Open will provide an inspiring benchmark.”

Richard Hills said: “The Italian bid was consistently strong and impressive across the board in terms of infrastructure, commercial structure and Government support. It was a worthy gold medalist in this particular contest, although there were three impressive silver medalists too in Austria, Germany and Spain, who conducted themselves in a professional manner throughout the process.

“The plans outlined for the golf course at Marco Simone are spectacular alongside the commitment to develop all levels of golf in Italy, and we look forward very much to working with the Italian 2022 Ryder Cup team over the coming years.”

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The awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup will continue Italy’s legacy in the contest which began when Costantino Rocca became the first Italian golfer to play in the match at The Belfry in England in 1993. The United States won on that occasion but Rocca tasted victory on his next two outings – at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995 and at Valderrama in 1997 where he famously beat Tiger Woods 4 and 2 in the final day singles.

Since then, brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari have carried the Italian flag into the biennial contest, appearing together in Europe’s narrow victory at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 while Francesco was part of the triumphant European team two years later, his half point in the final singles match, again against Tiger Woods, putting the seal on the remarkable Miracle of Medinah.

Since the inception of The European Tour in 1972, Italy has hosted 54 European Tour tournaments with nine Italian players having lifted a total of 20 European Tour titles between them, the most successful being Rocca with five. In addition Italy has played host to 82 European Challenge Tour events and eight tournaments on the European Senior Tour.

Following today’s announcement, there will be an official press conference to celebrate the awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup, in Italy on Wednesday December 16.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com

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Le Golf National Born to Sustainability Management http://www.pgae.com/news/le-golf-national-born-to-sustainability-management/ Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:00:56 +0000 Golf Environment Organization http://www.pgae.com/?p=12110 Le Golf National, near Paris, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, has been recognised for its role in advancing sustainable business practices within the golf industry ]]>

Le Golf National, near Paris, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, has been recognised for its role in advancing sustainable business practices within the golf industry by earning the GEO Certified® mark. The international symbol signifies Le Golf National’s excellent value to nature and communities and efficient use of natural resources.

Le Golf National’s highlights of contributions for nature and people:

  • 40 hectares – 30% of the site – are dedicated to grassland habitat and the area of unmaintained rough has increased to improve habitat connection.
  • Significant reduction in maintained turfgrass areas to enhance shrubs, wetlands, and other natural areas critical to wildlife protection
  • More than 50 beehives surrounded by planted wildflower areas
  • Biological pest control and compost teas used on fairways
  • Investment in water efficiency with new storage reservoir, irrigation system and sustainable drainage installation over the next two years
  • Strong, mutually beneficial community links including long-term local business relationships
  • A free practice facility for school students available during parts of the day
  • Winners of the first Generali Trophees du Sport Responsable in the golf category of 2012
  • Inclusive golf atmosphere that promotes golf for a wide range of players through a diverse offering of golf courses

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Click here to view Le Golf National’s full GEO Certified® Report

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Ryder Cup Sets New Standards For Sustainable Sporting Events http://www.pgae.com/news/ryder-cup-sets-new-standards-for-sustainable-sporting-events/ Wed, 27 May 2015 15:29:47 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11511 The 2014 Ryder Cup yet again stepped forward as one of the world’s leading sustainable events, generating significant benefits to the community and environment,]]>

Ryder Cup Sets New Standards for Sustainable Sporting Events

The 2014 Ryder Cup yet again stepped forward as one of the world’s leading sustainable events, generating significant benefits to the community and environment, a new report released this week has concluded.

The Green Drive, led by key partners and engaging dozens of suppliers and contractors, ensured reductions in the event’s resource footprint, while maximising opportunities to deliver positive social and environmental legacies.

To download a copy of the report visit: www.golfenvironment.org/ryder_cup_2014_greendrive

Key findings in the report, ‘A Review of The 2014 Ryder Cup Green Drive’, include:

  • High standards of environmental management and community outreach carried out by Gleneagles Resort, and Junior Ryder Cup venue, Blairgowrie Golf Club, including ecologically led site protection and restoration plans;
  • Promotion of the Scottish Food and Drink Sustainability Charter ensured that local, seasonal and healthy food which met high welfare standards was sourced.  As an example, Fabulous Feasts sourced 68 percent of all produce from Scottish suppliers;
  • Careful site planning and protection with monitoring by the Green Drive team ensured zero environmental incidents resulted from the staging of the event;
  • Morrisons Construction substantially cut the footprint of one of the few aspects of permanent infrastructure – recycling on-site materials to avoid more than 600 lorry loads and 28,000 road milesduring the construction of the park and ride bus terminals, a key project in reducing car mileage and congestion around the venue;
  • The lower carbon transport plan resulted in more than 7,500 additional spectators per day travelling by rail, straight into the newly refurbished Gleneagles rail station, and 181,744 spectators travelling on collective bus transportation from the three remote park and ride hubs;
  • As part of the successful Zero Waste to Landfill policy, supported by lead contractors William Tracey and Spectrum, an extensive reuse and recycling scheme ensured that PVC, glass, timber and more than 70 percent of the vinyl, carpet and Astroturf from the main hospitality suites was redistributed to community groups;
  • An effective energy management strategy, including a daily ‘power down’ and the use of bio-fuel in generators resulted in Aggreko delivering a 10 percent reduction in anticipated temporary power carbon emissions;
  • In partnership with the Scottish Government, Perth and Kinross Council and the Scottish Golf Union, four Green Drive Legacy projects continue to deliver valuable community / environmental activities across Perthshire.

Edward Kitson, Ryder Cup Match Director, said “We are delighted to see how many practical results the Green Drive delivered across such a wide range of aspects of the event – from the venue management to staging to legacies and also in communicating and promoting sustainability. This information is now being shared with the organisers of The 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, and at the same time the bidding nations for The 2022 Ryder Cup are currently outlining their sustainability plans in their submissions.  With the European Tour Green Drive also moving forward apace, it’s clear to see just how much importance we place on bringing value to the environment and communities alongside world-class sport”.

Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, said:  “The global spotlight was firmly fixed on Scotland in 2014, and The Ryder Cup was the perfect platform to showcase our nation’s breathtaking natural environment and world-class food and drink.  The Ryder Cup Green Drive included many innovative measures to make the event as sustainable as possible, including promoting the fantastic natural larder we have on our doorstep. I now look forward to seeing how this valuable experience can help raise knowledge and standards for the golf sector, as well as other major events in Scotland during our Year of Food and Drink and beyond.”

The Green Drive was coordinated by the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO), a non-profit group which has worked closely as the sustainability partner to Ryder Cup Europe since 2006.   GEO worked collaboratively with a wide-range of partners and stakeholders including the likes of Gleneagles Resort, Event Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

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Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of GEO said:  “Ryder Cup Europe continues to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to sustainability, and The 2014 Ryder Cup Green Drive has shown again how important it is to take a team approach at major sporting events. We look forward to continuing to work with Ryder Cup, other golf tournaments and golf organisations around the world, to build upon successes and lessons from Gleneagles to further golf’s position as a sustainability leader in sport.”

Dr Susie Tomson, Project Manager for the initiative added: “Having worked with the London Olympics it is fantastic to see events such as The Ryder Cup taking yet further steps to deliver across all aspects of sustainability. Ryder Cup has really set the benchmark for other golf tournament organisers.”

Linked to research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University, the report also identified the success of efforts to promote the initiative and raise spectator awareness – leading organisers to conclude that this was a clear area of opportunity for the future:

  • 25 percent of spectators were aware of the Green Drive initiative
  • 65 percent were aware of the Zero Waste Policy and promotion of recycling
  • 24 percent noticed the FairTrade information at food outlets
  • 45 percent were willing to consider a financial contribution to the initiative if they knew it was going towards worthy social and environmental causes around the event

To download a copy of the report visit: www.golfenvironment.org/ryder_cup_2014_greendrive

Zero Waste Scotland, a member of the 2014 Ryder Cup Green Drive steering group, has published a new guide to help event organisers to plan and deliver environmentally sustainable events.  The guide, which builds on learnings from high-profile events hosted by Scotland during 2014, including the Ryder Cup 2014 along with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The guide can be can be downloaded at http://www.resourceefficientscotland.com/resource/how-plan-and-deliver-environmentally-sustainable-events.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com.

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European Ryder Cup Points Race to Start in Russia http://www.pgae.com/news/european-ryder-cup-points-race-to-start-in-russia/ Tue, 26 May 2015 20:34:56 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=11500 The quest to make The 2016 European Ryder Cup team will begin in Russia later this year when the M2M Russian Open at the Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow has the ho]]>

The quest to make The 2016 European Ryder Cup team will begin in Russia later this year when the M2M Russian Open at the Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow has the honour of being the first counting event.

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke made the announcement during the build-up to this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, revealing that the tournament, from September 3-6, will set the ball rolling.

“I am delighted that we are able to announce the start of the qualification for The 2016 European Ryder Cup Team,” said the Northern Irishman, who was unveiled as European captain on February 18. “This signals the start of what I know will be an intense and exciting period for me personally and for everyone involved with The European Tour.”

With the precise schedule for the 2016 European Tour season still to be finalised, the last counting event is not yet determined, but what is clear is the fact that the players will be operating under the same system employed for the 2014 qualification process.

To recap, that means the first four players bound for Hazeltine National in Minnesota in September 2016 will come from The Ryder Cup European Points List – based around points gained from events on The European Tour’s Race to Dubai – with the next five players coming from The Ryder Cup World Points List – based around Official World Golf Ranking points gained globally.

That will leave Clarke the task of choosing three wild cards to complete The 2016 European Team in the days after the conclusion of the final qualifying tournament.

“The qualification period is a truly global affair now and many of the players that will make the team will do so by playing in many tournaments around the world,” added Clarke.

“However, as I said when I was announced as captain, I’m focused on assembling the best team possible to represent Europe and I think this system gives me the opportunity to do just that.”

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For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com.

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FOUR NATIONS HOST RYDER CUP BID INSPECTION VISITS FOR 2022 http://www.pgae.com/news/four-nations-host-ryder-cup-bid-inspection-visits-for-2022/ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:36:13 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=10853 Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria have each hosted Bid Inspection visits from a delegation of Ryder Cup Europe officials – led by Ryder Cup Director Richard Hil]]>

Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria have each hosted Bid Inspection visits from a delegation of Ryder Cup Europe officials – led by Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills – as part of their quest to host The 2022 Ryder Cup.

First on the agenda was a visit to Germany, where the Golf Resort A-ROSA Scharmützelsee in Badsarrow was presented as the potential host venue for the biennial contest between Europe and the United States.

Located on the fringes of the German capital, Berlin, the inland links-style course was designed by former European Number One and six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo.

Ryder Cup Officials met with Marco Kaussler, Director of the Ryder Cup Germany application, and his team plus Richard J. Vogel, the Managing Director of the A-ROSA hotel holding company DSR, to discuss what they see as the cornerstones of their bid to stage The Ryder Cup in Germany for the first time.

The delegation also met with German Cabinet Minister Peter Altmaier and the Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller before visiting the iconic Olympic Stadium and the new airport in Berlin, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

Next, Ryder Cup Europe’s delegation travelled to the north-east of Spain to evaluate the Costa-Brava-Barcelona candidacy.

The two-day trip consisted of a tour of the iconic cities of Barcelona and Girona, as well as the proposed future host venue, PGA Catalunya Resort, where the delegation met with owner Denis O’Brien.

After taking in the logistical planning being put in place by the Spanish bid, the trip concluded with a formal reception with the Mayor of Barcelona Xavier Trias and Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal, as well as a visit to one of Catalunya’s unique attractions – the Nou Camp stadium, home of FC Barcelona – where the delegation members hit golf balls from the hallowed turf.

Spain’s bid enjoys support from the highest levels, including from His Royal Highness King Felipe VI, who has accepted the Honorary Presidency of the Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 bid for The Ryder Cup.

Following their Iberian odyssey, RCE journeyed east to view the Italian bid centred on the Marco Simone Club on the outskirts of capital Rome.

Ahead of the inspection visit to the course, Ryder Cup officials were received by Italian cabinet undersecretary and sports delegate Graziano Delrio in Rome’s historic centre, before visiting the Olympic Stadium in the company of officials from the Italian National Olympic Committee, whose support for the bid was reaffirmed by its President Giovanni Malagò.

The delegation were also given a tour of The Quirinale, the private residence of the President of the Italian Republic.

The Jim Fazio-designed Simone course, which was founded by and is still owned by celebrated fashion designer Laura Biagiotti and her family, hosted the 1994 Open de Italia while the Eternal City – whose Mayor Ignazio Marino also joined the delegation – is visible from parts of the layout.

Final stop for the delegation came in Austria and centred around the Fontana Golf Club to the south of the capital Vienna, a venue which has already staged tournaments on both The European Tour and the Challenge Tour.

After a tour of the golf course and a meeting with founder Frank Stronach and owner Siegfried Wolf, the delegation were then shown the many iconic buildings and locations within Vienna itself.

Included in the tour of Austria’s capital was the majestic Hofburg Palace, the Parliament – where they were welcomed by the President of the Parliament Dores Bures – and the Town Hall, where they had an audience with Mayor Michael Häupf.

A further tour of Fontana’s infrastructure and outlying facilities took place on the delegation’s second day during which they also met with Klaus Schneeberger, the leader of the Party which governs Lower Austria, the location of Fontana Golf Club.

Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, said: “On behalf of everyone at Ryder Cup Europe, I want to place on record my thanks and appreciation of the hard work put in by all the representatives of the nations we visited on our fact-finding trips. We very much enjoyed seeing precisely the vision that each country has for the hosting of The 2022 Ryder Cup and look forward to the receipt of their Official Bids in due course.”

One nation who will not be submitting a bid, however, is Portugal, who informed Ryder Cup Europe officials that they are no longer in the running.

Manuel Agrellos, President of The Portuguese Golf Federation, said: “We have once again enjoyed working with our colleagues at Ryder Cup Europe, as we assessed the merits and viability of formally submitting a bid to host The 2022 Ryder Cup within Portugal. We are certain that a Ryder Cup in Portugal is of paramount importance as it will allow the exposure of our country as a top golf destination and will allow us the opportunity to further develop the game in Portugal. We have reluctantly concluded that the prevailing economic environment would prevent us from developing as strong a bid as we would wish and have therefore decided to wait for a future opportunity.”

Following the inspection visits, the prospective host nations for what will be the 44th staging of The Ryder Cup, will make their formal submission of Official Bids on or before the closing date of Thursday April 30, 2015.

Following that, a period of detailed analysis of each bid by a management team working on behalf of Ryder Cup Europe – together with the assistance of an independent panel of experts – will be undertaken, with the announcement of the successful host country and venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup expected this autumn.

For more information on the Ryder Cup visit www.rydercup.com.

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FOUR NATIONS HOST RYDER CUP BID INSPECTION VISITS FOR 2022
RYDER CUP INSPECTION VISITS GET UNDER WAY http://www.pgae.com/news/ryder-cup-inspection-visits-get-under-way/ Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:42:04 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=10543 Officials from Ryder Cup Europe will, this week, begin a series of visits to the countries bidding to host The 2022 Ryder Cup.]]>

Officials from Ryder Cup Europe will, this week, begin a series of visits to the countries bidding to host The 2022 Ryder Cup.

First on the agenda, starting tomorrow, will be a visit to Germany with trips to Spain and Italy carded for next week, while a trip to Austria is scheduled for the last week of this month. At present there is no date confirmed for the visit to Portugal.

Last week, Ryder Cup Europe officials received confirmation from Turkey that they have withdrawn from the bidding process.

Ahmet Agaoglu, President of the Turkish Golf Federation, said: “We have greatly enjoyed working on this project and assessing whether we would be in a position to launch a viable bid to host The 2022 Ryder Cup.

“Although we believe that Turkey is now an established golfing destination, with a collection of world class courses, it has not proven possible to secure the necessary logistical arrangements in order to proceed and so we have reluctantly decided to withdraw from the process at this time. We have enjoyed working with Ryder Cup Europe and firmly believe that the information gained during this period will one day allow us to revisit this incredible opportunity.”

Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, said: “On behalf of everyone at Ryder Cup Europe, I want to place on record my thanks and appreciation of the hard work put in by all the representatives of the Turkish bid, and we wish them well for the future.

“Our attention now turns to the nations still in the running and we are very much looking forward to the fact-finding missions and seeing precisely the vision that each country has for the hosting of The 2022 Ryder Cup.”

Following the inspection visits, the prospective host nations for what will be the 44th staging of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States, will make their formal submission of Official Bids on or before the closing date of Thursday April 30, 2015.

Following that, a period of detailed analysis of each bid by a management team working on behalf of Ryder Cup Europe – together with the assistance of an independent panel of experts – will be undertaken, with the announcement of the successful host country and venue for The 2022 Ryder Cup expected this autumn.

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RYDER CUP INSPECTION VISITS GET UNDER WAY
Darren Clarke Named 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain http://www.pgae.com/news/darren-clarke-named-2016-european-ryder-cup-captain/ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:33:20 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=10117 Darren Clarke has been announced as the European captain for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, from September 30-October 2, 2016.]]>

Five man panel selects the 46 year old as captain for Hazeltine National
Becomes the first Northern Irishman to lead Europe
Has featured in seven Ryder Cups – five as a player, two as a vice captain

Darren Clarke has been announced as the European captain for The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, from September 30-October 2, 2016.

The 2011 Open Champion becomes the first Northern Irishman to lead Europe against the United States, having played in the biennial contest five times, featuring on the winning side on four occasions. He was also a vice captain under Colin Montgomerie and José María Olazábal in the European wins in  2010 and 2012 respectively, and succeeds Irishman Paul McGinley, who captained Europe to a 16 ½-11 ½ triumph at Gleneagles last September.

Clarke takes the reins for the 41st Ryder Cup with the aim of leading Europe to a record fourth consecutive victory in the biennial contest.

The 46 year old was chosen by a five man selection panel consisting of those three most recent European Ryder Cup Captains – McGinley, Olazábal and Montgomerie – as well as the Chief Executive of The European Tour, George O’Grady, and European Tour Tournament Committee member David Howell, which met at Wentworth Club today (Wednesday February 18).

Clarke said: “I am naturally extremely proud to be selected as European Ryder Cup captain for 2016. The Ryder Cup has been a massive part of my life and my career, so to have the chance to lead Europe next year is a huge honour.

“I am lucky to have played and worked under some fantastic captains in my seven Ryder Cups to date, and I look forward to the challenge of trying to follow in their footsteps and help Europe to a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine next year.”

The 14-time European Tour winner made his Ryder Cup debut in 1997 at Valderrama in Spain under Seve Ballesteros, partnering Montgomerie to defeat Fred Couples and Davis Love III in the fourballs before losing narrowly to Phil Mickelson in the singles.

He then contributed two points at each of the next two Ryder Cups, at Brookline in 1999 and The Belfry in 2002, and three-and-a-half points in Europe’s record 18½-9½ victory at Oakland Hills Country Club in 2004.

But his most memorable, and emotional, Ryder Cup performance came two years later when he inspired Europe to victory by the same record equalling margin in front of passionate Irish galleries at The K Club, just six weeks after his first wife Heather passed away.

Clarke won all three of his matches in Co. Kildare, joining forces with Lee Westwood to defeat Mickelson and Chris DiMarco then Tiger Woods and Jim Fuyrk in the fourballs, before beating Zach Johnson 3 and 2 in the singles. His two victories alongside Westwood mean the duo are joint second in the all-time list of most successful Ryder Cup partnerships, with six points from their eight matches together, while overall Clarke has contributed a total of 11½ points in the blue of Europe.

He returned to The Ryder Cup fold four years later as a vice captain under Montgomerie at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, as Europe beat the United States by 14½-13½, and he gained further experience as part of the backroom team under Olazábal at Medinah in 2012.

That came a year after the finest individual achievement of his distinguished career, when he held off Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to win The 140th Open Championship at Royal St George’s, adding the Claret Jug to the two World Golf Championship titles he won in the early 2000s, when he became just the second player after Tiger Woods to win more than one WGC crown.

George O’Grady, speaking on behalf of the Ryder Cup Europe selection panel, said: “We are delighted to announce that Darren has accepted the invitation from the panel to captain Europe at The 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

“Darren has an impressive Ryder Cup pedigree having featured five times as a player and twice as a vice captain, so he has a strong understanding of the attributes required to be a successful captain. He is also a popular figure among the players and has both the passion and knowledge to lead Europe in the quest for a record fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory.”

Clarke is the first captain to be chosen using Ryder Cup Europe’s new selection process – the third method used to pick The Ryder Cup captain since players from Continental Europe joined the fold for the 1979 contest, under the captaincy of John Jacobs, at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.

From then until 1997, when the late Seve Ballesteros led Europe in his homeland at Valderrama, the European Ryder Cup captain was identified by the Ryder Cup Committee, who selected Jacobs again in 1981, Tony Jacklin in 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1989, and Bernard Gallacher in 1991, 1993 and 1995.

However, in 1999, Mark James was the first European captain to be nominated by the European Tour’s Tournament Committee and ratified by the Ryder Cup Board, a process which went on to select Sam Torrance (2002), Bernhard Langer (2004), Ian Woosnam (2006), Sir Nick Faldo (2008), Montgomerie (2010), Olazábal (2012) and McGinley (2014).

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Darren Clarke Named 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain
Glory at Gleneagles: McGinley’s Men March to Victory http://www.pgae.com/news/glory-at-gleneagles-mcginleys-men-march-to-victory/ Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:53:25 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=6440 The 2014 Ryder Cup Matches have been some of the best ever – especially for Team Europe who flexed their muscles all week long to win with 16.5 points to Team USA’s 11.5. Two years ago it was the ‘Miracle at Medinah’, this year it’s been glorious at Gleneagles.]]>

The 2014 Ryder Cup Matches have been some of the best ever – especially for Team Europe who flexed their muscles all week long to win with 16.5 points to Team USA’s 11.5. Two years ago it was the ‘Miracle at Medinah’, this year it’s been glorious at Gleneagles.

“It’s easy to put a plan in place, but it’s hard to execute…but that’s what these players did,” said Captain Paul McGinley. “We relished the chance and did it with a smile.”

“We had pressure on us…we were favourites and it was important that we embraced being viewed that way.”

The final round began with Team Europe as comfortable as perhaps they could be at that point with a four-point lead over the visitors, meaning only four more points were required to retain and an extra half point for the win.

Rory McIlroy showed why he is world number 1 by bulldozing his way through Team USA’s Rickie Fowler carding seven birdies and an eagle for a substantial 5&4 win and getting the first point on the board early on.

Once all 12 groups were underway there was a distinct red glow to the leaderboards but it didn’t take long for the colours to equal out as the comebacks came. Graeme McDowell started the trend having been down for 11 holes but ground out solid play through holes 9 to 15 to end up with a well-fought 2&1 win.

G-Mac’s efforts can’t have gone unnoticed as the rest of the European contingent followed suit upping their games and slowly chipping away at the USA’s early leads.

Kaymer’s match against American giant, Bubba Watson, was with the German for most of the round and an incredible bump-and-run approach third shot on the 16th fell away into the side of the cup to take a 4&2 victory:

“I wanted to take the win before we got to the par-5s because I knew he would be going into them with irons…but to chip in to win was just unbelievable.”

Meanwhile with the Europeans close to victory at 13 points it was Englishman, Justin Rose, who stepped up to make a birdie and win the last hole bringing his match against Hunter Mahan back to all square gaining a half point.

It fell to Jamie Donaldson to push Team Europe across the line and whilst he missed an opportunity to put the nail in the coffin against the USA’s Keegan Bradley at 14, a half at 15 finished the match off 4&3 taking the total to 14.5 points, enough to secure the trophy once again.

Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter took their games to 18 but each took a point for Team Europe, whilst Westwood and Bjorn each lost their matches to Jimmy Walker and Matt Kuchar respectively. Victor Dubuisson was last to finish with a half point, remaining unbeaten for the week.

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Glory at Gleneagles: McGinley’s Men March to Victory
Harrington, Jiménez And Olazábal Named As European Team Vice Captains For The 2014 Ryder Cup http://www.pgae.com/news/harrington-jimenez-and-olazabal-named-as-european-team-vice-captains-for-the-2014-ryder-cup/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:40:31 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=6330 Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiménez and José María Olazábal have today been named by European Captain Paul McGinley as the men who will complete his vice c]]>

Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiménez and José María Olazábal have today been named by European Captain Paul McGinley as the men who will complete his vice captaincy line-up for The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles from September 26-28.

It means McGinley will have five vice captains by his side for the contest against the United States, the trio joining Harrington’s fellow Irishman Des Smyth and Scotland’s Sam Torrance – who were announced in March – in the backroom staff line-up.

Ryder Cup Vice CaptainsAs well as all being current players on The European Tour and therefore well known to all 12 players on the European team, which was confirmed at Wentworth Club yesterday afternoon, Harrington, Jiménez and Olazábal will also bring vast Ryder Cup experience to Scotland.

Between them the trio have played in 17 Ryder Cups; Olazábal leading the way with seven appearances between 1987 and 2006, followed by Harrington with six between 1999 and 2010 and Jiménez with four in the same time period.

Olazábal, of course, was the last European captain and guided his charges to the thrilling final day victory at Medinah two years ago. Before that, he was vice captain to Sir Nick Faldo in 2008 and Colin Montgomerie in 2010, while Jiménez was vice captain to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 and Olazábal himself in 2012. For Harrington, it will be a first taste of the vice captaincy role.

“I am delighted to name Padraig, Miguel and José María as the men to join Des and Sam in completing my vice captaincy team for Gleneagles. They will all bring valuable insight and experience to the players and the team room,” said McGinley.

“I know it’s been common in the past to have three or four vice captains but I’ve gone for five because I feel an extra person is justified due to the additional workload which comes from being the home team, in addition to how well I saw such a system working when we ended up having five vice captains under Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor in 2010.

“I spoke about the reasons behind choosing Des and Sam in March but the reasons behind having Padraig, Miguel and José María on side are equally compelling.

“Padraig is my oldest friend on Tour and is a guy I have known most of my life. We went to school together, came through the amateur ranks together and have been together in many contests for both Ireland and Europe over the years, so I know what he can bring to the team room.

“As well as being a three time Major Champion, Padraig is also still very active on Tour, obviously in Europe where all the players know him well, but also in the United States where he is familiar both with the Tour itself and its players.

“As far as Miguel is concerned, he is someone that the spectators love as well as being very popular with all the players. However he is also a person that I respect very much. I have sat beside him for over a decade on the Tournament Players’ Committee and have seen him exhibit an integrity on many occasions that is very admirable.

“Miguel’s appointment also maintains the continuity I was looking for when I named him captain of the European team for the inaugural EurAsia Cup match in March. He did very well in Malaysia that week and all the players in that team enjoyed working with him. It will be the same at Gleneagles.

“Finally, José María’s passion for The Ryder Cup is recognised the world over. It was obvious in his legendary partnership with Seve and was also so very apparent two years ago at Medinah, so I’m delighted he has accepted my invitation to be involved again, once more maintaining that important continuity.

“Like Miguel, he brings a wonderful Continental European flavour to the team room and is liked by everyone. He will also bring vital knowledge and experience of every element associated with The Ryder Cup, both on and off the course, which can only be helpful to the European cause.

“With these five guys in place, I have now completed both the playing and back room teams for Gleneagles. I have complete confidence and trust in all five of my vice captains and the help they will give me in the difficult quest of trying to retain The Ryder Cup.”

Harrington said: “I am really looking forward to being part of The Ryder Cup from a different angle to the playing side. That aspect of things is something that really interests me and I’m therefore delighted that Paul has given me the opportunity.

“Paul is a good friend of mine and I think he’s done a great job in the captaincy thus far, therefore I don’t necessarily think he needs that much help. But he knows I’m happy to get involved behind the scenes to give him and the players as much assistance as I can.

“Even though we are friends, it is good to see that Paul trusts my opinion. We have had many healthy debates over the years on Tour about a wide range of subjects, so in some ways this validates all those discussions!”

Jiménez said: “When Paul called inviting me to be one of his vice captains at Gleneagles, I immediately said yes. I am really excited to be involved with the European team once again and I’m honoured that Paul has asked me.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being captain of Europe at the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur in March which was a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to bringing the experience I gained there to the team room at Gleneagles. I have a great relationship with all the players, having played alongside them regularly over the years.

“It is going to be an amazing week at Gleneagles. We have a great team and as a vice captain I will give the players and Paul my total support and hope that we can retain The Ryder Cup once again.”

Olazábal said: “I was absolutely delighted when Paul approached me and asked me to be a vice captain – I consider it a real privilege and honour to be part of the European Team going to Gleneagles.

“Everyone knows how much The Ryder Cup has meant in my career and it’s an occasion that I love being part of. It is a unique and special event – and I know that will be the case once again in Scotland in three weeks’ time.

“I think we have a very good team in place but as Paul said yesterday, we are under no illusions about how formidable a test the United States team will present. But he knows I will do everything I possibly can to help him and the players throughout the week.”

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Harrington, Jiménez And Olazábal Named As European Team Vice Captains For The 2014 Ryder Cup
Europe’s 2014 Junior Ryder Cup Team Announced in Germany http://www.pgae.com/news/europes-2014-junior-ryder-cup-team-announced-in-germany/ Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:59:18 +0000 PGAs of Europe http://www.pgae.com/?p=5687 Captain Stuart Wilson announces 12 young amateur stars to take on USA Amateur Champion Bradley Neil to play at his...]]>

Captain Stuart Wilson announces 12 young amateur stars to take on USA

Amateur Champion Bradley Neil to play at his home club Blairgowrie

Three players to represent Europe for the second time

Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Suzann Pettersen all former Junior Ryder Cup players

The Blairgowrie Golf ClubThe European team for the Junior Ryder Cup was announced today as Captain Stuart Wilson revealed the names of the 12 young amateur stars to take on the USA at The Blairgowrie Golf Club from September 22-23.

Wilson announced his selection at the conclusion of the European Golf Association’s European Young Masters at Hamburger Golf Club in Germany, with the team comprised of four boys under the age of 18, four girls under the age of 18 as well as two under-16 boys and two under-16 girls.

Amateur Champion Bradley Neil will lead the line for the European team after the young Scot was the first name to be announced, in what is a huge boost for the event which takes place at his home club in the Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
The 18 year old, who last month became the first Scot to win the Amateur Championship since European team Captain Wilson claimed the title in 2004, will be joined in the team by the Ladies British Open Amateur Champion, Denmark’s Emily Pedersen.

Pedersen plays in her second successive Junior Ryder Cup having represented Europe at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, where the USA retained the title after a 14½-9½ victory.

Another player returning to the Junior Ryder Cup fold is promising young Italian Renato Paratore, who has been making a name for himself on The European Tour in 2014.

A close friend of Matteo Manassero, Paratore created a stir at least year’s Italian Open when he made the cut, while he continued to defy his amateur status by making it to the weekend at the Open de España last May.

The 17 year old also continued his progress in the non-paid ranks with victory at this year’s Portuguese Amateur Championship followed by the Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Linnea Strom is the third and final player making a second appearance at the Junior Ryder Cup, having earned her place as a 16 year old at the 2012 edition, and she continues to show signs of being a star in the making, this year, winning the Spanish Ladies Amateur in March while last year making the cut at the Ladies European Tour’s Helsingborg Open.

Markus Kinhult is another future star who has been turning heads at the highest levels of the professional game, having followed up top five finishes at the Portuguese Amateur Championship and the Lytham Trophy with a tied 21st place finish at the Nordea Masters on The European Tour.

Ivan Cantero was also selected after an extremely consistent season in which he won the strokeplay qualifier for the European Boys’ Team Championship before helping Spain to a fifth place finish, while also earning top five finishes at the Spanish Amateur Championship and the Portuguese Amateur Championship.

The other two to make up the under-18 girls are German Girls Open Champion Virginia Elena Carta of Italy and 2014 Curtis Cup player and recently-crowned Helen Holm Scottish Open Strokeplay Champion Annabel Dimmock of England.

Germany had a great week in Hamburg having both winners of the European Young Masters who earned their place on the team, making up two of the four under-16 players to represent Europe in September, with Alexandra Försterling triumphing in the girls’ tournament and Max Schmitt winning the boys’.

Danish International Strokeplay and English U16 (McGregor Trophy) champion John Axelsen of Denmark was the other boy to make it as one of the under 16 selections while France’s Mathilda Cappeliez, who finished as the highest amateur at this year’s Turkish Airlines Open on the Ladies European Tour at the age of 15, was the other under-16 girl to be chosen.

Junior Ryder Cup Captain, Stuart Wilson said: “It is fantastic to have both Men’s & ladies Amateur Champions playing along with other inform players that have been collecting experience at the highest level in both the amateur and professional ranks.
“Although they all have match play experience it is nice having returning players to the team. Having personally experienced the Junior Ryder Cup in Chicago two years ago I know that they will have an unforgettable week made up with great golf, lots of memories and new friendships. Hopefully their selection will be a stepping stone to further success in their golfing careers.”

The Junior Ryder Cup is a biennial contest between Europe and America, and the teams consist of boys and girls under the age of 18. The USA retained the trophy in 2012, winning at Olympia Fields in Chicago, and the Americans are aiming for four wins in a row this year.

Fredrik Lindgren, Director of The Junior Ryder Cup, added: “The Junior Ryder Cup is always a thrilling event which showcases some of the best up and coming international talent. It is a fantastic way to get involved in the whole ethos of sporting excellence and camaraderie that The Ryder Cup represents and we are looking forward to a superb event at Blairgowrie.”

The event is an international showcase of golf’s next generation, and is designed to continue to build international friendships between top junior golfers in the United States and Europe. Notable past players include Rory McIlroy, Matteo Manassero, Suzann Pettersen, Carlota Ciganda and Hunter Mahan.

2014 European Junior Ryder Cup Team:

  • Mathilda Cappeliez (France)
  • Alexandra Försterling (Germany)
  • Virginia Carta (Italy)
  • Annabel Dimmock (England)
  • Emily Pedersen (Denmark)
  • Linea Strom (Sweden)
  • John Axelsen (Denmark)
  • Max Schmitt (Germany)
  • Ivan Cantero (Spain)
  • Marcus Kinhult (Sweden)
  • Bradley Neil (Scotland)
  • Renato Paratore (Italy)

More information on The Junior Ryder Cup can be found here. Alternatively, follow online via social media @juniorrydercup or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/JuniorRyderCup.

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Europe’s 2014 Junior Ryder Cup Team Announced in Germany