This week’s blog is a preview for the Ryder Cup which is starting tomorrow (the 28th) and is going to be played over the weekend at the brilliant Le Golf National in Paris. This weekend’s golfing competition will see Europe try to regain the Ryder Cup against a very powerful American team.
This biennial tournament is always an exciting one with the best European players competing against the top American golfers in order to claim victory for their team. This year, The US has 11 of the top 20 players in the world and Europe have just six of them but that doesn’t mean that Europe cannot reclaim the title this weekend after the USA won at Hazeltine in 2016 by 17 points to 11.
The Albatros Course at Le Golf National is a really beautiful course and it is widely recognised as being one of the best championship golf courses in the whole of Europe. The course has played host to the French Open since 1991 and boasts a spectacular golfing challenge to even the most experienced and brilliant golfers which makes it an ideal venue to hold this exciting event. The course lies just 20 miles outside of Paris and opened in 1991 after three years of construction. The course itself is firm but fair and measures over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, it is also arguably the toughest test of golf in the Paris region and is an exciting round of golf both for players and spectators. The final four holes of the course are surrounded by water hazards and these difficult holes will make or break for the teams’ scorecards this weekend which will be thrilling to watch.
The American captain, Jim Furyk, will be hoping for a repeat of Team USA’s performance back at Hazeltine but Team Europe’s captain, Thomas Bjorn will be sure to try his hardest to reclaim the title for his team and this weekend, we will get to watch this battle unfold. Thomas Bjorn has been on the winning side in his three appearances as a player and only on the losing side once as a vice-captain in four events. He has had plenty of leadership experience whilst being a vice-captain in 2010, 2012 and 2016 and previously, in 2004. Bjorn has had a great career on the European Tour and captaining Team Europe to victory at Le Golf National this weekend will top off this career nicely.
Jim Furyk, like Bjorn, has not captained before but he has made more starts in the Ryder Cup for the US than any other player and in the past few years, has shown his talent at different competitions including tying for second place at the 2016 U.S. Open and becoming the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event back in 2016 as well. Another great player who will be fighting hard for Team USA will be Tiger Woods and many people have been speculating whether this weekend will become a lot about Woods showing off his return to form. Woods has won an astounding 80 events on the PGA Tour, including 14 major championships and was previously named as one of the Vice Captains under Jim Furyk for this year’s event before being named as a captain’s pick. With Furyk and Woods, as well as other world class players, Team USA will be a tough team for Team Europe to beat.
Sergio Garcia has been named as one of the captain’s pick by Thomas Bjorn and it isn’t hard to see why. He is a veteran of eight Ryder Cups and has won 22.5 points during these appearances and just last year, he won his first Major Championship at the 2017 Masters Tournament where he beat Justin Rose, his Ryder Cup teammate this weekend. Justin Rose is another strong player for Team Europe has this will be his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup with Team Europe and he has been both on the winning side and the losing side twice. Rose recently reached a career-high World Ranking of second after he finished as a runner-up at The Open.
With both teams bringing out their best and most experienced players, this weekend is sure to be an exciting one with play at Le Golf National starting this Friday so make sure that you are tuned in and keeping up with play over the weekend.
Whilst you may not be out on the golf course this weekend as you may prefer to sit back on the sofa and enjoy the action, there is still plenty of time for you to plan an Autumn golf escape somewhere nice…