Skip to main content

18th September 2012

Experienced Europe all set for Medinah

Olazabal’s men prepare for their Ryder Cup defence

Jose Maria Olazabal’s European team will be hoping to retain their crown when the 39th Ryder Cup gets underway at the Medinah Country Club next Thursday.

The Spaniard selected Ian Poulter and debutant Nicolas Colsaerts as his two wildcard picks, the latter being chosen ahead of three-time major winner Padraig Harrington after impressing on the European Tour this season.

Poulter, like Colsaerts, only just missed out on automatic selection, but his distinguished Ryder Cup record made him an obvious candidate for Olazabal’s team.

Besides from Colsaerts, the European team boasts plenty of experience, with five of the twelve (including Poulter) having made two or more appearances in the Ryder Cup. Westwood, Donald, Garcia and Poulter can all draw on previous successes on American soil.

USA’s Davis Love III, meanwhile, will captain a side which includes four Ryder Cup debutants. Their lack of experience may concern some, but Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson are both major winners, whilst Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker have been perennial challengers in recent tournaments.

Tiger Woods’ Ryder Cup record may be fairly ordinary, but the 14-time major winner will relish his return to Medinah Country Club. Woods has won two PGA Championships on this course; he will hope to complete a perfect trio by regaining the Ryder Cup there this week.

Tom Acey

Tom Acey

Mancunion Sports Editor 2012-13

More Coverage

University confirm potential graduation delays

An email update from The Faculty of Humanities confirms potential delays to graduation and their efforts to minimise the impact on students

Local elections 2023: Fallowfield still has lowest turnout in Manchester

Fallowfield still has the lowest voter turnout in Manchester whilst the Greens and Lib Dems made gains – here’s a full breakdown of Manchester’s Local elections 2023.

The University of Manchester’s Rent Strike marches on

The University of Manchester rent strike rumbles on as tensions between UoM Rent Strike and university bosses continue to simmer

Pole and Burlesque Soc rehearsal labelled ‘degrading’ by senior staff member

During a rescheduled rehearsal outside the AGLC, two members of the Pole and Burlesque Society were attacked for their outfits and activity by a member of staff.