Henrik Stenson with the Claret Jug after winning The Open at Royal Troon
2016 has brought us another great year of great golf, but for me, the undoubted highlight on the Tour scene was Henrik Stenson’s brilliant victory in The Open at Royal Troon.
Stenson is one of my favourite golfers anyway. I love his competitive spirit and his style of play. He’s also a great character, as can be seen on his social media account. For example, have a look at his official Facebook page if you’ve never done so before, to see what I mean.
His Open victory saw him post a record score of 20 under par, and was also history-making in that it made him the first ever golfer from Sweden to win a Major.
These next few days just outside Minneapolis a dozen golfers, their caddies, half dozen vice captains’ from two differing teams, a whole host of back room officials and hangers on take part in the 2016 Ryder Cup. These being the 41st matches and a battle which already promises to be a bloated commercial exercise that culminates on Sunday evening after the 12 single matches complete between US and European players.
The event now hostage to an endless series of money spinners and one that has taken the original concept of Samuel Ryder well beyond the imagination of even Mark McCormack – the founder of sports management in the last century. But the untimely loss of Arnold Palmer this week is a reminder however of some more basic sporting values, and another great supporter of the tournament and all that was good about golf.
, Fort Worth
, Mark Steinberg
, Michelle Wie
, PGA Championship
, Phil Mickelson
, Rory McIlroy
, Ryder Cup
, Tiger Woods
Not sure if it’s just me. But there seems little hype in Ireland about the 41st Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine National Golf club next month. May be just my imagination as I’m busy with lessons all day. Suppose it was a bit the same with the Olympic golf also, which all of a sudden last week kicked into action and became interesting. Particularly when Seamus Power made a run up the leaderboard on Sunday reaching the turn in 30 strokes. Only to fade from a chance of the Bronze medal in the last few holes. The Waterford native certainly justifying his selection albeit because the bigger names were no shows. Regardless of the Zika driven thinking of the absentees, Power’s form must be reassuring for a good second half the season in the US.