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Ryder Cup: Sergio Garcia is a Vital Player
The Ryder Cup usually brings out the best in the majority of the European team, the fact that Europe has won the last three tournaments testifies to this. An ever present during this time has been Spanish player Sergio Garcia, a man very popular with golf fans throughout Europe and the world.
Despite putting in brilliant and brave performances for his team over the years, Garcia came in for criticism during the event at Gleneagles from his former captain Sir Nick Faldo. Part of a team that lost convincingly to the United States at Valhalla Kentucky in 2008, Faldo openly commented live on television on how Garcia's performance was “useless” at that event.
Following replies from members of the European team, Faldo back-tracked, stating that what he said was “half tongue-in-cheek” and was a “throwaway line with no malice”. Even if that's true, he might well have inadvertently pushed Garcia harder which resulted in the Spaniard picking up an unlikely halve with partner Rory McIlroy in the afternoon foursomes by claiming the last two holes of the round. However, it was his performance in the final day singles which really stood out, claiming a point against Jim Furyk when in actual fact, the event had already been decided.
There were no signs of the “bad attitude” that Faldo had spoken about on US television coverage as Garcia rallied back from one down going through 14. Garcia knocked in an 8 foot put to square the match at 15 and then went on to produce a glorious 15 footer to eagle the 15th and go one up moving into the remaining three holes. Furyk could not work his back in to the match from this point onwards and Garcia went on to claim a point for his already victorious team. The display of emotion having won the point for Europe, despite the Ryder Cup having already been retained, showed exactly what it meant to Garcia to win for his team. There was also a certain amount of personal satisfaction in that celebration, having admittedly not played his best golf earlier in the tournament and receiving the criticism from former captain Faldo.
It would have been easy for a player, who having won the previous two Ryder Cup tournaments, to hear the news that his team have won the event for a third time in a row and switch off, knowing that the job had already been done. Not Garcia. The Spaniard showed commitment, dedication and determination to push on in the final holes of his match and come back against the same player he beat on the final day in Medinah two years ago.
Whether the comments made by Sir Nick Faldo had any effect on Garcia's performance remains unclear, but what is clear is the fact that Sergio Garcia is a vital player in the European team and will be for many more years to come.

Scottish Open: Justin Rose claims the title
After carding a six under 65 for a 16-under total, England’s Justine Rose wins the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen, “It’s a privilege to win this great championship he said “This is my first professional win in Scotland so it means a lot – This is a great tournament there’s definitely something special about playing golf up here and the golfing crowd are so knowledgeable I’ve really got to love this course”.
At 16 under par, Rose conquered Royal Aberdeen’s stern test, although with wet Sunday conditions having a generally positive impact on scoring, and receives £500,000 for his efforts however he also gained a substantial boost of confidence at a crucial juncture in the season.
Sharing the lead with Marc Warren at the start of the day, Rose quickly opened up the competition before going on to secure an impressive two-shot victory at Royal Aberdeen, it completed back-to-back wins for Rose, having also landed the Quicken Loans National at Congressional a fortnight ago, and sets him up nicely for this week’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
When the game finally came to an incredible round involving Jamieson and Stephen Gallacher, along with Rose took full advantage of the calm condition making the Balgownie course pretty tame compared to Friday due to the monster it had been because of the wind, Rose was able to get through the tough weather and tough competition and finally won the Scottish Open 2015.

Colin Montgomerie wins US Senior Open
The 51 year old Scotsman came from four shots behind overnight leader Gene Sauers to force the three-hole play-off, Montgomerie shot a final round of 69 as he and Sauers finished on five under par, four strokes clear of the nearest challengers. The play off took place over the final three holes of the Oak Tree National layout in Edmond, Oklahoma, with both players dropping a shot at the 16th, but out of nowhere the outstanding Scotsman Montgomerie sank a 13-foot par putt at the short 17th to take the lead, and par at the last was good enough to secure the win.
“You talk about the Ryder Cup and one-on-one – I’m usually quite good. A play off in a golf tournament is like penalty shootout in the World Cup. You don’t know what’s going to happen.” Said Montgomerie, “I’ve lost in a play-off in 1994 and been one shot behind a couple of times in 1997 and 2006, and you have to wait until you’re 50 to finally win one”
It was Montgomerie’s second major title of the year on the Champions tour, after he won the Senior PGA championship in May. But the man who won the European Tour Oder of merit eight times got lucky at the final hole on Sunday when Sauers hit a terrific four-iron to six-feet at the final hole of regulation. This means a lot to Montgomerie, as he has never won a major or a tournament on U.S soil before he turned 50, but he’s wasted no time winning majors and tournaments in America on the Champions Tour.

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Bubba Watson, came to Pinehurst this week for the U.S. Open
Two-time Masters champion, Bubba Watson, came to Pinehurst this week for the U.S. Open hoping to join the list of players to win both the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. Through the years, he’s missed the cut but, the world’s third-ranked player has a better chance at winning a second major this year than any player so far as he’s already got one.
"Any time you have that chance, it's been a good year, because that means you've done well early. A U.S. Open brings out challenges that we're not used to, challenges that we can only take once a year or we would all find new jobs if we had to do it every week," Watson said.
We’ll find out over the next several days if Bubba is up to the challenges.

To raise awareness of the Official Charities of The 2014 Ryder Cup: Quarriers, Friends of St. Margaret’s Hospital, Perth & Kinross Disability Sport and The McGinley Foundation, Ryder Cup Europe is holding a national competition and is inviting young artists and designers from across Scotland to submit their designs for the official poster of The 2014 Ryder Cup.

The top four finishers (and ties) Sunday at the U.S. Open earned invitations to next year's Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National in April 2015. Erik Compton, who couldn’t complete his quest to win the U.S. Open, tied for second with Rickie Fowler, behind winner Martin Kaymer. Along with Brooks Koepka, who tied for fourth, all earned a trip to the 2015 Masters.

To celebrate Scotland hosting the 2014 Ryder Cup in September, Ryder Cup Europe and Royal Bank of Scotland have decided to commemorate the event with the world’s first Ryder Cup bank note. The Ryder Cup 2014, special edition, £5 bank-note design has been unveiled and will be available for purchase as part of an official 2014 Ryder Cup commemorative package which will cost £20. Printed on Hybrid paper and featuring a see-through window in the shape of The Ryder Cup, the note will also contain the signature of the Chief Executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, making it highly collectable for golf fans and bank note enthusiasts alike.

No one was going to catch up to Germany’s Martin Kaymer as he maintained his dominating lead of one of the toughest courses in the world and won the US Open by 8 shots on Father’s Day weekend at Pinehust, NC.
With his 2014 US Open win on Sunday, Kaymer joined an elite list that includes Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd as the only players to win a PGA Championship, The Players and the U.S. Open. Kaymer also is the only player to win The Players and the U.S. Open in the same year.
Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton finished in a tie for second and joined Kaymer as the only players to finish under par. By finishing in the top 4, Kaymer, Compton, Fowler and Brooks Koepka earned a trip to the 2015 Masters.

US OPEN Draw
Defending Champion Justin Rose, is drawn with “lefty” Phil and US amateur Matt Fitzpatrick. Michelson who pushed Rose all the way at the 2013 Championship will again be watching the British player up close and personal at the 2014 US open.
Irishman Rory McIlroy tees off from the 10th with 2010 winner and fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell and 2012 champion Webb Simpson giving you a 3 ball of US open major Champions from 2010-2103 and will bring some excitement to the European followers. For the US watchers Bubba Watson tees it up with Adam Scott , Charl Schwartzel – again major Champions playing together and will pull in some crowds.
Can anyone guess the Poulter look for the 2013 US open? Always colourful but is it time he let his golf do the talking? A closing 64 at the St Jude Classic shows he can play but time to show it on the big stage – a good outside bet, maybe!

Tiger Woods absence could cost golf $15 billion.
The top five in the world points list and the top four in the European points list qualify automatically for the team to play the United States in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland from September 26th – 28th.

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Tiger Woods to design golf course near Houston.
Just announced this week, Tiger Woods will be designing a golf course near Houston. The project will be the first golf course designed by Woods to open in the United States. He last participated in the event at Quail Hollow in 2012 and has kept pretty quiet since after his back injury. There’s no confirmation yet, but Tiger Woods may be returning the first day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in England this June.

Links golf does have problems!
We are not just talking the hardness of the courses, the wind, the rain and those strange bounces but Coastal Erosion and the 5th oldest golf course in the world - Montrose Golf Club in Scotland is suffering after the storms over the last few months and a rescue plan is now underway to stop any further damage. Problems started 20 years ago and over that time sand dunes have been lost to the sea causing issues for the course. This will be a long term investment for the course but one you can see for yourself if visiting St Andrews for the British Open in 2015. Call for details.

Volvo Masters comes back to the UK
The Volvo World Match Play Championship will return to England in October for the first time since 2007 to mark the event’s 50th anniversary having recently been to Spain and Bulgaria UK golf fans will have a chance to see some of the world’s best back on home soil since it moved away from Wentworth. The £1.8 million 2014 Championship reverts to a 16-man field, split into four groups of four, held over five days between October 15 and 19, with a first prize of £540,000 and to be played at the London Club in Kent.

Graeme McDowell gives the change his blessing: “I think it is fantastic that the Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played in England for this special anniversary,” said defending champion Graeme McDowell.

“I enjoyed everything about my victory last year at Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria. It seems right, though, to celebrate the championship’s anniversary in England, where the tournament was held for so many years.”

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