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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

18 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory over the United States at The K Club.

Amid unprecedented scenes of raw emotion, Europe won a third consecutive Ryder Cup for the first time in history, matching their record 18 ½ - 9 ½ victory of two years ago.
After taking a four point lead into the final day having won all four previous sessions, Ian Woosnam’s Team dominated the singles to deliver a crushing victory over the United States with rookie Henrik Stenson holing the winning putt moments after Luke Donald’s win ensured Europe retained the cup.

And then followed extraordinary scenes on the 16th as Darren Clarke won his match against Zach Johnson. Hundreds of fans poured onto the fairway to witness this most remarkable of victories. Only six weeks after Clarke lost his wife, Heather, to cancer and the tears flowed as the crowd cheered.

“It’s incredible,” said Clarke. “Detroit was unbelievable and to come here and to do this in Ireland was even more magical. It’s a once in a lifetime achievement and we are all proud to be part of a great European Team here in Ireland.”

Woosnam will go down in history as one of the great European Captains after inspiring 12 great players to a sensational victory.

“That’s 18 months of hard work and it’s all come down to winning this for a third time,” said Woosnam. “The guys have played fantastic. And for Darren to win was an incredible feeling for Darren, for me and for all the team and we all know why.”

Colin Montgomerie once again led from the front with a final hole win over David Toms in the top match, maintaining his unbeaten record in eight Ryder Cup singles matches.

Sergio Garcia, unbeaten before the final day, was beaten by an inspired Stewart Cink, who birdied seven of the 15 holes they played in his 4 and 3 victory. Tiger Woods put another point on the board for the Americans with a win 3 and 2 win over Robert Karlsson, ensuring the World Number One won three of his five matches. But the only other victory for the United States came right in the last group where Scott Verplank, aided by a hole-in-one on the 14th, got the better of Padraig Harrington.

David Howell took Europe within a point of retaining The Ryder Cup with a massive 5 and 4 victory over Brett Wetterich and when Donald won his match Europe could not lose. Ultimately it came to Stenson to secure the winning point with a 4 and 3 win over Vaughn Taylor.
But the celebrations didn’t end there. Victory for Clarke, a half for Paul McGinley after he showed great sportsmanship in conceding J.J. Henry’s final putt, and wins for José Maria Olazábal and Lee Westwood ensured Europe would win all five sessions for the first time and equal Europe’s biggest winning score.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ryder Cup Fans (adapted from Telegraph online and PA)

Hi-Tec sponsored Ian Woosnam had given his team the option to not play, but was glad they all agreed to head out onto the course. Woosie said " I can understand a lot of guys might not want to go out and ruin their swings but this might be the calmest day for a while... one of the main reasons we came out is that 45 000 people had paid a lot of money to come and watch so I thought it was important we went at least to the practice ground, even if it was to just hit a few shots".

Ian and his team went out to practice to give the fans their money's worth. On Friday, the weather should have cleared ready for the competition to start.

The Ryder Cup is a 3 -Day competition at the K Club in Ireland, Dublin.

Ireland's own pin-up boy - (source: The Daily Mail Online)

Everywhere they could possibly stick a poster, you will find one featuring Harrington. And, as Caroline, Padraig’s wife recently discovered, that really does mean everywhere.

Harrington chuckles when he recalls what happened when they were at Dublin airport recently. "I think she'd just about got used to seeing posters featuring me all around town, but then she went to the bathroom and there was one on the back of the toilet door," he said. "I think it fair to say she found that very off-putting."

Being the face of Irish golf brings its own distractions when the Ryder Cup comes to town for the first time.

Harrington could only dream it would all come to this when he turned pro 10 years ago. While Tiger Woods immediately set off at the same time in search of his destiny, Harrington was wondering whether he would be able to pay the bills.

As he wryly put it, in that modest way of his that explains his popularity: "The extent of my ambition was to keep improving and hope that one day I would be good enough to become a journeyman golfer."

What gave him hope then is the thing that makes him such a key member of the European team this week: his prowess at matchplay.

"I turned pro on the strength of what I did playing for Ireland at matchplay," he said. "I never lost a singles match and, given that all the players I was beating were turning pro, I thought: why not me? Even now, I think my focus is so much better at matchplay than at strokeplay.
European captain Ian Woosnam may spring a surprise but it will be a shock if Harrington's two partners on the first two days are not familiar faces — Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley.
"Two different types of partners you could not wish to meet," Harrington said, grinning.

'It's absolutely right the Cup is coming here'

"I've played with Monty in the last two Ryder Cups and he's great. All you have to do is make sure you keep his spirits up and you have a partner who is all but unbeatable.

"I think the K Club is an awesome course for a matchplay event, and far better than for a strokeplay occasion," he said. "The risk-reward element of the last three holes is going to make it very exciting. There couldn't be a better place to play it."

Friday, September 08, 2006

Celebrity Review

Following on from the ALL*STAR CUP I have received some lovely feedback from well-known celebrity Chris Evans.

“‘The shoes were fab, groovy and very comfy as one could be on a golf course! They were also comfy on the sand, not that that's were I wanted to be'”- Chris Evans

Monday, September 04, 2006

Captain Ian Woosnam

Hi-Tec’s Padraig Harrington cemented his place on the Ryder cup team by surging to the top of the leaderboard in Munich over the weekend after finishing tied on 273, 15 under par, on a day of high drama in Bavaria.

Harrington, who had reached the 72nd hole requiring a birdie four to snatch the title, found sand with his second shot and splashed out to 12 feet before watching his birdie putt slip just past the hole. However a par and a round of 69 were sufficient to ensure the Irishman found his way into the play-off with Henrik Stenson of Sweden and South African Retief Goosen.

Harrington, bunkered for a second time on the hole, splashed out close while Goosen two-putted for a birdie four. However it all became academic when Stenson added the BMW International Open to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters title he won at the start of 2006 and to get his hands on a BMW title after missing out in a play-off to Gonzalo Fernandez-Castañon in the BMW Asian Open in April

Harrington's last round of 64, combined with Montgomerie and Howell both shooting 66, seems now to have ensured McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal will take the ninth and 10th places in the European Ryder cup team.

That left Hi-Tec’s Ryder cup captain Ian Woosnam to pick his wildcards, which proved a tough decision. The Ryder cup captain went opted for Darren Clarke (Ire) and Lee Westwood (Eng) to complete his 12 man team to play at the K club which includes players: Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlsson, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie, José Maria Olazábal and Henrik Stenson.

The Ryder Cup 06 will be held from the 22-24th September at the K club, Republic of Ireland.

Ryder cup captain, Ian Woosnam will be wearing the all new C2 comfort and Padraig Harrington will be sporting the new CDT Superpower tour – Available in the shops February.

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