The Golf World cup was a really great event which was broadcast around the world from China. Graeme McDowell mention how important winning the cup was, to have the opportunity to have his name on the cup alongside some of the greats in the golfing world. He also thinks changing to a biennial was a good decision.
By Bernie McGuire
HAIKOU, China | Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:54am EST
(Reuters) – The World Cup has gained extra prestige after changing to a biennial rather than an annual team event, according to 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell.
“I said two years ago I felt the World Cup was lacking respect but this year’s field seems a lot stronger than it has in years gone by,” the Northern Irishman told reporters at Mission Hills on Tuesday.
“It is great to see teams supporting it. When you look at the flags at the back of the practice range and you see guys like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have won it, it kind of puts in perspective what kind of event this is.
“Given it is now a biennial event it gives guys perhaps a little extra time to prepare and get their schedules ready and come and support this event because it is special and you’ll be having your names alongside some very special names if you win.”
The World Cup of Golf is a great competition and congratulations to the U.S.A. for their win. The only sad event was the failure of winner Matt Kuchar to remove his cap when shaking hands with his fellow competitors. This sad act seems to happen more often these days and the result is the eroding of golf etiquette and is also disrespectful to other golfers. It does not matter wether you win or loose the game should be recognized with a friendly handshake at the conclusion. Gary Woodland doffed his cap and enthused over the teams performance.
“We really clicked. It’s fantastic to win for the U.S.,” Woodland said.
I said yesterday that the English pair would need a miracle round, and Ian Poulter and Justin Rose delivered a last round 63 to tie for second place.
Poulter and Rose fall short as USA hold off late English charge to win World Cup
By SPORTSMAIL REPORTER
England enjoyed a strong finish to the tournament as Ian Poulter and Justin Rose returned a 63 that featured an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey to end 22 under, tied for second with Germany
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Congratulations to Greg Chalmers for winning the Australian PGA Championship.
Greg Chalmers closed with a five- under 67, to reach a playoff Sunday at the Australian PGA Championship.
Chalmers then parred the first extra hole to beat Marcus Fraser and Robert Allenby to win the title. Chalmers also won two weeks ago at the Australian Open.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/11/27/chalmers-wins-aussie-pga-playoff/#ixzz1evYHYmN3
Rory Mcilroy and Graeme Mcdowell have taken a grip on this competition for Ireland. Germany South Africa and the United States are close behind which will make it a really tense last day. All the golfers enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which was really appreciated by the Americans, as was evident by this quote from Matt Kuchar.
“I have to tell you, this is my first karaoke Thanksgiving,” said Kuchar. “We (as golfers) have a great life, but you also miss holidays such as Thanksgiving at home. But being with my wife, and my other family, those in this room, rules officials, media staff, sponsors, that spend weeks at a time on the road with us, is pretty special for us.
The strange thing is the English pairing of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose have not figured on the leaderboard at all, I thought they would be right up there with the leaders. Golf is sometimes a strange game but they would need a miracle to feature now, although they did finish strongly.
English duo Ian Poulter and Justin Rose birdied five of the last seven holes in their four-under-par 68 but they are eight shots adrift of Ireland.
As the Irish pair of McIlroy and Mcdowel join the Aussies at the top of the leaderboard you have to wonder where Englands Ian Poulter head is when he declares that golf is just a business, and he is there to enhance his brand. Similarly Lee Westwood has also cited his branding in choosing to play in the States next year.
Endorsing Lee Westwood’s move in rejoining the PGA Tour next season, the Florida-based Englishman explained that his own decision to play on both sides of the Atlantic for the past seven years was one designed to extend him “as a brand”.
Poulter told Telegraph Sport: “I am a business, a self-run business.
“And I want to do it to the best of my ability. If that means I have two cards then I would prefer to do that.
“Otherwise I would limit myself as a brand and as a company.”
Westwood admitted his head had been turned back towards the United States by the FedEx Cup play-offs, which carry an annual bonus of $10 million (£6.45 million).
Great to see the Kiwis climbing up the leaderboard in China, they are playing really well, Hendry and Paddison make a good team
Golf in China is emerging as the powerhouse of golf in Asia. This 2011 world cup should prove to be very interesting. the Chinese press are really getting into it, see below article from
The Cup, slated from Nov. 24 to 27, attracts six top golfers among the world’s top 20 and five Grand Prix champions.
These players include Rory McIlroy, the most potential star and the champion of the US Open 2011 and his partner McDowell and the German famous Kemer, PGA Championship 2010 and Charl Schwartzel, a professional golfer in South Africa as well as Louis Oosthuizen, the champion of the British Open 2010.