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JUSTIN ROSE: ‘I AM REALLY HAPPY FOR SERGIO. I WOULD LOVE TO WEAR THE GREEN JACKET, BUT IF IT WASN’T ME, I AM GLAD IT IS HIM’
THE IRISH CONTRIBUTION
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impact, if not on the result, then on the memories Heartache of the match. The said: year ‘I1947 saw happy Great Britain Rose am really for Sergio. I recovering from the the would love to be wearingaftermath the GreenofJacket war, to the generosity of Robert but if itthanks wasn't me, I am glad it is him. He Hudson American businessman, has had hisanshare of heartache over the a years. have been friends for awas longsailing time GreatWeBritain & Ireland team and playing againsttoeach since we across thegolf Atlantic play other for the Ryder were 14 years old. ‘ Cup, the restart after the ten year break for the conflict. On board the liner ‘We will get up to tomorrow andwas he will be taking them New York Irishman happy for a month and then golf will take Fred Daly, the 1947 Open Champion over; I will be unhappy for a month and golf and member of the side scheduled to will take over for me.’ play against the USA in November at Portland Oregon, a onelead sided Rose, 36, held a two-shot withaffair five that the USA won 11-1. He would be thethe first holes to go but lost when Garcia birdied first extra hole on Sunday. Fred Daly
‘I feel it is a tournament I can still do well in,’ said Rose. ‘It's a course you can get to know and be competitive here for a long, long time.’ Rose, who has finished tied second, 10th and now second in his last three Masters, was referring to 57-year-old American Fred Couples, winner of the Green Jacket in 1992, who has had six top-20 finishes in his last seven appearances.
‘I felt in control all day,’ Rose added. ‘Sometimes the rub of the green is for you and sometimes it isn't. I hit a really good putt on 18 in regulation and thought it was going in. I see myself having many more chances to come.’
does not read so well, but he was a another defeat at the hands of a strong formidable match player and had a team which included Arnold Palmer, great individual record.. Tony Lema, Billy Casper et al. Open winner Graeme McDowell, Paul The one exception to the procession of Christy played in the Ryder Cup for McGinley (as a player, vice captain, US victories came in 1957, at Lindrick, the tenth and final time at Muirfield in and then very successful Captain) plus when the GB & I team came from 1973, along with Eddie Polland, but the precociously talented and four behind to snatch a rare win over the he was replaced in the next match by visiting American side, by only losing a rookie, but another O’Connor, his Rory Mcilroy one and drawing one of the singles on nephew Christy Jnr won his place in the final day, to win the match 7.5 to the side in 1975, and he was joined 4.5, recording the first success since by another precocious Irishman, 1933. Christy beat Dow Finsterwald by O’Leary, forMaria hisOlazabal oneasand onlychampion. Right, 2016 champion Danny Willett helps Garcia into the famous Green Jacket This one’s for you, Seve: Garcia said it was ‘amazing’ to join his Spanish idolsJohn Seve Ballesteros and Jose a Masters the amazing margin of 7&6. He was not appearance in the team. In the case the sole Irish representative in 1959, of Christy Jnr, he would have to wait when the Americans captained by for another fourteen years before his Sam Snead returned to winning ways second outing. But it was worth waiting on home soil. For a rare situation had for, the tens of thousands of spectators arisen when an assistant professional cheering him at the Belfry in September Norman Drew won two events on the 1989 in the team Captained by Tony tour and qualified for a spot on the Jacklin. His two iron shot over the team. His three wood shot to the 18th lake to the 18th green to earn a vital green is part of legend, for he halved singles win over Fred Couples, a popint with Doug Ford when he holed the earned to tie the match and retain the birdie putt. It was back to the same trophy, after winning it for the first time American two years earlier, • PORTSMOUTH’S Scott Gregory made •onTHIS year’s soil Masters was the last for Hazel Irving as the face of the BBC’s whencoverage. the only Irish representative the most of his first Augusta golf was Eamonn Darcy. In the match experience. Muirfield Village the sidesdown after 25 years as a golf presenter and eight •atIrvine, above left,with has stepped • The 22-year-old secured his place captained bycorporation’s Jack Nicklauslead andanchor Tony for sport, although she will remain the face years as the through victory in the British Amateur of snooker and host major events such as the Olympics. Jacklin, the result was in the balance, Championship , and had warmed up Eamonn had let a three hole lead slip, with victory in the Georgia Cup over •but rvine is handing overwith to Eilidh Barbour, above right, who joins a team that redeemed himself a tricky US amateur champion Curtis Luck – includes Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter. She will make her debut at the downhill putt when the outcome would and by watching hours of YouTube PGA Championship in May. be the result of the match. In the putt footage from previous Masters. went and the trophy was going back • Barbour has covered golf for BBC Radio 5 Live and is familiar to sports fans time major winner Rory McIlroy have to England, courtesy of Eamonn Darcy. • Scott’s rounds of 82 and 75 were as a reporter on Football Focus, Final Score, the Euro 2016 tournament and FA Cup served their team well and kept Irish The only singles winners that day were not enough to avoid the cut but he games. She also fronts the BBC’s coverage of women’s football and women’s rugby. golf to the forefront for the viewing Darcy, Seve Ballesteros and Howard racked up invaluable exposure as he fans. The Belfry, Celtic Manor, The K works towards qualification for the commitments around the changing • Irvine said she wants to ‘re-align my on-air next Walker Cup squad later this year.
needs of my family’.
Irish Group Ryder Cup 2002
RORY: Green Jacket would have been good for the wedding! Irishman to be selected; but he would certainly not be the last, for numerous golfers from the Emerald Isle have done their country proud in the subsequent biennial contests. Daly also played in the next three matches, and he would be joined by fellow countryman Harry Bradshaw for the team of 1953, played at Wentworth. Bradshaw was joined in 1957 by one of the most famous and identifiable golfers of all time, Christy O’Connor for the first of his ten consecutive Ryder Cup matches. Sadly these were at a time when the Americans dominated the contests, they were so much stronger, and with strength in depth, so the team record
old routine the next time round, Christy
RORY McILROY dreamed winning was the lone Irishman in of 1961 at a Green Jacket that he could wear at his forthcoming wedding.
McIlroy has also revealed he will make some equipment changes Padraig Harrington following the Masters - including playing with a different ball: ‘I Royal Lytham & St Annes and again thought my golf ball this week was doing weird things in the wind, for the trip to the USA in 1963. He Clark, quite a differentvery trioinconsistent. So there's one thing I will change and try to McIlroy, who has just signed a new £89million deal with Nike, will was joined by rookie Jimmy Martin at Although each of those portrayed wed American fiancé Erica Stoll, a USPGA worker. work on.’ so
Royal Birkdale in 1965, but they shared
far has been of significant importance, and and, Gleneagles been the erafor of IrishThe golfers hasNike is forClub deal with 10 years as Nike have has stopped making He secured another top ten finish at Augusta, so the mustmodern wait again recent venues which have celebrated the level timeit lets McIlroy’s team negotiate with equipment clubs Three and balls, a chance to win the one Major title eluding him astaken he seeks to up a notch. the McIlroy swing from American majorSlam. winner Padraig companies. Harrington,At2015 the moment, is using Callawaydomination drivers and become the first European to complete a career Grand European superiority, and in each irons, Titleist and a Scotty Cameron putter. Open Champion Darren Clarke, USwedges andtoball case the Irish contingent has been very McIlroy revealed that he had dreamed of standing at the wedding Darren Clarke Each would obviously like the world No.2 endorse their products. ceremony in one of the most famous jackets on the planet: ‘It would influential. Longtomay it continue. have been nice to walk down the aisle in the Green Jacket. Would I However, without a logo allowed on his Nike cap or clothes these Michael Rees
have done that? Oh yeah, if the members would have allowed me. If Mr Payne (Augusta chairman) would have allowed me. We're very excited. It's a great time in our lives and it's all about that over the next couple of weeks and I'll come back at the Players Championship refreshed and aChristy married man and O’Connor Snr start a new chapter in my life.’
could lead to complex arrangements.
Nike said they were stopping making equipment in a competitive marketplace in which it only managed to secure nine per cent share despite the patronage of Tiger Woods and McIlroy.
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