With only a limited number of tickets remaining for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this weekend, tournament host Paul McGinley has all the validation he needs that bringing the European Tour to Lahinch was the right call, regardless of which stars tee it up on the prestigious links tomorrow.
For something widely described as the worst-kept secret in golf, Pádraig Harrington’s eventual unveiling as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain surprised us in just how pleasant and important a reminder it was of what a special golf nation this is, and what a special sportsperson Harrington is.
Rivalries are nothing new in sport. They are on every corner but few have the importance or the commercial impact of the three-day match play tournament which biennially pits the best players from both the US and Europe against each other: the Ryder Cup.
Bernhard Langer’s ability to consistently overcome his career struggles with the putting yips are so well documented, that the smart money would always have been on him finding yet another technical solution to this year’s changes in the laws surrounding anchoring — but it is not as simple as that.
British Seniors Open: Bernhard Langer strolled into the golfing record books at Royal Porthcawl yesterday as he pulverised a star-studded field to land his second British Senior Open title and a cheque for €249,000 as treble-chasing Colin Montgomerie rallied to grab second spot after a disappointing Saturday.