A Legendary Golfer Will Dance With the Stars, Presumably in Purple

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He’s the most successful European Ryder Cup captain of all time; an English golf icon with a passion for the game and a predilection for purple.

Tony Jacklin took the golf world by storm in the late 60s and held the British and US Open titles simultaneously in 1970. That remarkable achievement… along with his stellar Ryder Cup record… was an inspiration to a generation of European golfers and was instrumental in the growth of European golf.

These days the “Lion of Lytham” keeps busy designing courses.  He also actively promotes the game as a global ambassador, golf media personality and public speaker. And soon… it seems… the sprightly 69 year old will be demonstrating his hitherto unknown sense of rhythm in the popular British TV show Strictly Come Dancing, the original Dancing With The Stars.  

It may seem like a stretch to go from golf to ballroom dance but it’s been done before.  Jan Stephenson did it on the Australian version of DWTS… she even used a golf club as a prop in one of her routines… but to no avail.  She was eliminated in the third round.   Tony Jacklin is certainly hoping for a longer run, and if his tenacity on the golf course is any indication he’ll probably get it.  And it’s a good bet he’ll be wearing some purple.

McIlroy’s Ryder Cup celebrations: video

More Ryder Cup celebrations… 

Here is a video courtesy of Team McIlroy that gives us an up close look at the post-round celebrations and the utter disbelief in trying to comprehend what just happened.

Final thoughts and photos from the Ryder Cup

The final day at the 2012 Ryder Cup was simply extraordinary. Here are Nick Sinclair's final thoughts after being in attendance at one of the greatest sporting events in history.

Final thoughts, by Nick Sinclair

Although he lost his singles match to Rory McIlroy on Sunday, no one played with more energy and enthusiasm this week than Keegan Bradley. The American fans adored him and he looks like he will be a US Ryder Cup stalwart for years to come. That being the case, and with the benefit of hindsight, it now seems baffling that Davis Love opted to leave Bradley (and playing partner Phil Mickelson) out of Saturday afternoon's fourball session.

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Random Ryder Cup Thoughts…

Here are some of my random thoughts after watching this year’s Ryder Cup:

  • An American Cop won the Cup – Rory McIlroy barely made it to his teetime on Sunday. Apparently, overzealous Golf Channel watching the night before caused him to confuse his local time zone and he left his hotel an hour late. But lucky for him, there was an Illinois State Police officer at the scene that gave him a police escort to the golf course. WTF? Do you think that if the roles were reversed and an American golfer was late to a Ryder Cup in Europe that some doughnut dipper would rush him through traffic with lights flashing and sirens ‘a blazing? If I were that Smokey Bear, I would have taken Rors straight to Gino’s East and told him, “You just f*cked up the Ryder Cup. Be happy that you can drown your sorrows in the world’s best deep-dish pizza.”
  • The Ryder Cup produces the best golf of the year – I know that it’s not scientific, but it just seems that there are more great golf shots produced during the Ryder Cup than any other golf tournament. It’s really amazing considering all of the pressure and crowd distractions.
  • Ryder Cup singles match play is the best golf day – If I could only watch one day of golf, it would have to be the final day of the Ryder Cup. It seems that no lead is safe entering the final day. Unlike other golf events where only a handful of golfers really matter during the final round, every golfer matters at the Ryder Cup. Normally when I watch a golf event, I fast forward to just my favorite players and contenders. But for the Ryder Cup, I only fast forward through the commercials. Golf and excitement are two normally mutually exclusive terms. The Ryder Cup is one of the few exceptions.
  • The Ryder Cup brings out the passion – Not since David Duval has there been a more stoic persona on the PGA Tour than Jason Dufner. He rides the emotional roller coaster of a golf tournament like it’s Venice canal ride. But at the Ryder Cup, the guy was pumping his fists, shouting to the crowd and even smiling! Seeing that kind of passion is what’s so great about the Ryder Cup.
  • I don’t understand European team pride – Don’t the Germans hate the Italians, the Italians hate the Spaniards, the Spaniards hate the Brits and everyone hates the French? As an American, it’s easy to understand American pride and cheering for your country. But I think I’d have a hard time feeling that way for a general region that my country happens to reside. The European team shares a common currency (for now) but I don’t think much more. That’s why it’s puzzling to me why they care for the Ryder Cup as much as they do.
  • Ryder Cup Uniforms are Uniformly Awful – I have yet to watch a Ryder Cup where the outfits matched the coolness of the event. I sometimes wonder if the costume designer for “Caddyshack” found a second job dressing the Ryder Cup teams. Maybe when he dies the uniforms will improve.
  • Pros hit shanks too – Webb Simpson hit a hoseltoved shank iron shot off the tee earlier this month at the BMW Championship. Well he did it again on the final day of the Ryder Cup at Medinah’s par-3 8th. It seems that September is shank month for Webb since he hit a shank during the 1st round at last year’s BMW Championship. According to Simpson, “I probably shank one every other day on the range because one of my focuses in my swing is that I try to put as much force as I can on my downswing trying to get my weight through the ball,” Simpson said. “A lot of times that club will get a little behind me and that face is open and the heel gets there first.”

    This is a guy who has won a U.S. Open for chrissakes! As someone who suffers from the occasional shanks, it makes me feel good to know that even pros aren’t immune to this horrible affliction.

2012 Ryder Cup: Final round highlights

Final day video highlights from the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Europeans snatch remarkable Ryder Cup victory

The European team staged one of the most remarkable come backs in sporting history this morning to claim the 2012 Ryder Cup.


Until this morning, the final day of the 2010 Ryder Cup was the most dramatic golf I've watched, but this morning's climax to the 2012 Ryder Cup has easily surpassed the 2010 for drama that saw the European Team channel the spirit of the late Seve Ballesteros and produce one of the greatest come from behind victories in sporting history.

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Europe Win the Ryder Cup 2012

Starting the third & final day 10-6 down, the odds were stacked against Europe to even make a reasonable score, let alone retain the Ryder Cup by winning a majority of the 12 singles matches.  But with Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose & Paul Lawrie winning the first five matches, the final day was an amazing show of awesome, nail-biting golf.

Ian Poulter didn’t lead in his match against Webb Simpson until the 17th hole and Justin Rose needed 18 holes to beat Phil Mickelson finishing with two sublime birdies.

While Rory McIlroy beat the young charismatic Keegan Bradley after only arriving at the Medinah Country Club ten minutes before his tee time in a police car with the excuse he had confused Eastern with Central Time!

Luke Donald & Bubba Watson was the first match of the day & the first to finish with Donald winning 2&1. But apart from Paul Lawrie thrashing US rookie Brandt Snedeker 5&3 every match was a tight one, with many switching from red to blue and back again.

It went right down to the wire, the last two matches between Steve Stricker & Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods vs Francesco Molinari.  With three holes to play both matches were all square with Europe needing just one point to retain the Ryder Cup. And it went down to the 18th when Steve Stricker made his putt and left Martin Kaymer a shot to win or lose the Ryder Cup for Europe. With just one match remaining, Kaymer won the Ryder Cup for Europe in the most amazing comeback of all-time.

In a post-match interview José María Olazábal attempted to dedicate the win to his great friend Seve Ballesteros before breaking down with emotion.

Sunday’s Singles:
Bubba Watson lost to Luke Donald 2&1
Webb Simpson lost to Ian Poulter 2 up
Keegan Bradley lost to Rory McIlroy 2&1
Phil Mickelson lost to Justin Rose 1 up
Brandt Snedeker lost to Paul Lawrie 5&3
Dustin Johnson beat Nicolas Colsaerts 3&2
Zach Johnson beat Graeme McDowell 2&1
Jim Furyk lost to Sergio Garcia 1 up
Jason Dufner beat Peter Hanson 2 up
Matt Kuchar lost to Lee Westwood 3&2
Steve Stricker lost to Martin Kaymer 1 up
Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari A/S

Europe Win the Ryder Cup 2012

Starting the third & final day 10-6 down, the odds were stacked against Europe to even make a reasonable score, let alone retain the Ryder Cup by winning a majority of the 12 singles matches.  But with Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose & Paul Lawrie winning the first five matches, the final day was an amazing show of awesome, nail-biting golf.

Ian Poulter didn’t lead in his match against Webb Simpson until the 17th hole and Justin Rose needed 18 holes to beat Phil Mickelson finishing with two sublime birdies.

While Rory McIlroy beat the young charismatic Keegan Bradley after only arriving at the Medinah Country Club ten minutes before his tee time in a police car with the excuse he had confused Eastern with Central Time!

Luke Donald & Bubba Watson was the first match of the day & the first to finish with Donald winning 2&1. But apart from Paul Lawrie thrashing US rookie Brandt Snedeker 5&3 every match was a tight one, with many switching from red to blue and back again.

It went right down to the wire, the last two matches between Steve Stricker & Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods vs Francesco Molinari.  With three holes to play both matches were all square with Europe needing just one point to retain the Ryder Cup. And it went down to the 18th when Steve Stricker made his putt and left Martin Kaymer a shot to win or lose the Ryder Cup for Europe. With just one match remaining, Kaymer won the Ryder Cup for Europe in the most amazing comeback of all-time.

In a post-match interview José María Olazábal attempted to dedicate the win to his great friend Seve Ballesteros before breaking down with emotion.

Sunday’s Singles:
Bubba Watson lost to Luke Donald 2&1
Webb Simpson lost to Ian Poulter 2 up
Keegan Bradley lost to Rory McIlroy 2&1
Phil Mickelson lost to Justin Rose 1 up
Brandt Snedeker lost to Paul Lawrie 5&3
Dustin Johnson beat Nicolas Colsaerts 3&2
Zach Johnson beat Graeme McDowell 2&1
Jim Furyk lost to Sergio Garcia 1 up
Jason Dufner beat Peter Hanson 2 up
Matt Kuchar lost to Lee Westwood 3&2
Steve Stricker lost to Martin Kaymer 1 up
Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari A/S

European Team up against it on Singles Day of the Ryder Cup

After two days of US dominance, the European team go into the third and final day hoping for little less than a miracle, if they are to retain the Ryder Cup.  But they were given a boost with Ian Poulter winning a point in the final foursome match yesterday with five birdies on the final five holes.

The score is 10 – 6 which means the US team only have to win four points from today’s singles matches; and there are some fantastic matches to look forward to.

European Captain Jose-Maria Olazabal’s hands have been tied and he has put all this weekend’s best performing players out first today.  Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose & Rory McIlroy will attempt to build some momentum by getting the blur points on the board.

There is a very slim chance of the European team retaining the Ryder Cup that was made all the better by Ian Poulter’s amazing win yesterday at a time when Tiger Woods was beginning to show some form for the first time this weekend.

Today the European team will be fighting for their lives against a strong US team and a course with next to no rough and fast greens that best suit their game.  They will also be wearing the colours of the Spanish legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros and have vowed to ‘play for Seve’.  When asked to comment on this gesture European Captain Jose-Maria Olazabal, a close friend of Seve’s, was unable to answer. Instead he gave a tight smile and turned away as his eyes filled with tears.

I’m hoping the European team can get off to a flying start to keep this year’s Ryder Cup alive as I look forward to the final day of one of the most exciting competitions in sport.

Ryder Cup 2012 Singles Matches

Bubba Watson vs. Luke Donald
Webb Simpson vs. Ian Poulter
Keegan Bradley vs. Rory McIlroy
Phil Mickelson vs. Justin Rose
Brandt Snedeker vs. Paul Lawrie
Dustin Johnson  vs. Nicolas Colsaerts
Zach Johnson vs. Graeme McDowell
Jim Furyk vs. Sergio Garcia
Jason Dufner vs. Peter Hanson
Matt Kuchar vs. Lee Westwood
Steve Stricker vs. Martin Kaymer
Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari

2012 Ryder Cup: Sunday singles match-up’s

The single's matches have been announced for the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

The match-up's for the 12 final singles matches have been announced with plenty of intriguing battles ahead. The Europeans must win eight of the 12 matches. Eight wins would mean the Ryder Cup would finish in a tie (14 – 14) and Europe would retain the trophy.
  1. Bubba Watson v Luke Donald
  2. Webb Simpson v Ian Poulter
  3. Keegan Bradley v Rory McIlroy
  4. Phil Mickelson v Justin Rose
  5. Brandt Snedeker v Paul Lawrie
  6. Dustin Johnson v Nicolas Colsaerts
  7. Zach Johnson v Graeme McDowell
  8. Jim Furyk v Sergio Garcia
  9. Jason Dufner v Peter Hanson 
  10. Matt Kuchar v Lee Westwood
  11. Steve Stricker v Martin Kaymer
  12. Tiger Woods v Francesco Molinari
Can the Europeans win eight of these matches?

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Poulter and Watson fire-up the crowd on first tee: video

If only golf was like this all the time.
Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson provided one of the great highlights from today’s Ryder Cup. On the first tee, rather than ensuring the crowd stayed silent for their golf shots they encouraged the gallery to make as much noise as possible. The effect was sensational.
Just ignore where their drives went and enjoy the clip.

Day 1 at the 2012 Ryder Cup

Aussie Golfer's man on the ground at the 2012 Ryder Cup gives us a little taste of what's to come with some shots around Medinah Country Club on Day 1.


The opening day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club favoured the US Team who go into the second day holding a two point advantage. All this despite the amazing effort from Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts who was simply outstanding on his debut.
Aussie Golfer correspondent Nick Sinclair gives us his wrap of the opening day along with a few photos including one that captured a very famous Chicago Bulls player in attendance. No, it's not who you're thinking.

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Justin Timberlake reads poem at Ryder Cup: video

Did this seem a little awkward to you too?
This is getting a fair bit of press, as being one of the most awkward few minutes in Ryder Cup history. I gotta say, I squirmed in my chair a little.

Ryder Cup opening foursomes announced: video

Miss the announcements of the opening pairings for the foursomes? Here they are, as they were announced at the 2012 Ryder Cup opening ceremony.

The match-up's for the opening foursomes of the 2012 Ryder Cup were announced this morning at the opening ceremony and there as some mouth-watering matches ahead (Australian TV Times).
Match 1: Jim Furyk – Brandt Snedeker vs. Rory McIlroy – Graeme McDowell
Match 2: Phil Mickelson – Keegan Bradley vs. Luke Donald – Sergio Garcia
Match 3: Zach Johnson – Jason Dufner vs. Lee Westwood – Francesco Molinari
Match 4: Steve Stricker – Tiger Woods vs. Justin Rose – Ian Poulter

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Aussie Golfer’s 2012 Ryder Cup preview

Arguably the best weekend of golf to watch on TV is with us this weekend, the Ryder Cup.


We're now just over a day away from one of the greatest golf events on the golf calender, arguably the sports calendar, Ryder Cup. The 2012 Ryder Cup is taking place at Medinah Country Club, just out of Chicago, USA.
Previous Ryder Cup's have been full of drama such as the War by the Shore in 1991, the emotion filled 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland to last year's incredible battle at Celtic Manor.
It brings with it stunning golf such as Faldo's hole-in-one in 1993, Justin Leonard's incredible putt in 1999 and Seve's incredible 3-wood from a bunker in 1983 – a shot Jack Nicklaus described as the greatest she he ever saw.

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Ryder Cup viewing times on Australian TV

Broadcast times for the 2012 Ryder Cup on Australian TV.
There are few golf tournaments as enthralling as the Ryder Cup and if you've got Foxtel, you're in luck this week as they are broadcasting the event into Australia.
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The 2012 Ryder Cup is being held at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois, USA and so the viewing times aren't ideal for us Aussies but I'd urge you to see this any way you can.

Live Broadcast Times on FoxSports 3

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Hanging Out With The Strickster: A Google+ Hangout With Steve Stricker

In a couple of hours, we’ll be hanging out with one of the PGA Tour’s most affable and unassuming stars.

Steve Stricker will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout today at 1:45 p.m. ET, chatting live with PGA TOUR fans in a face-to-face video conference from the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola

You can stream the Hangout live on PGATOUR.com or watch the replay immediately after the Hangout on the PGA TOUR’s YouTube page.

 I know it’s last minute, but if you have a question for the Strickster, leave it in the comments below and I’ll try to get to it the Hangout.

Hanging Out With The Strickster: A Google+ Hangout With Steve Stricker

In a couple of hours, we’ll be hanging out with one of the PGA Tour’s most affable and unassuming stars.

Steve Stricker will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout today at 1:45 p.m. ET, chatting live with PGA TOUR fans in a face-to-face video conference from the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola

You can stream the Hangout live on PGATOUR.com or watch the replay immediately after the Hangout on the PGA TOUR’s YouTube page.

 I know it’s last minute, but if you have a question for the Strickster, leave it in the comments below and I’ll try to get to it the Hangout.

Update: Due to some technical difficulties (a faulty mic) I wasn’t able to get into the hangout… but I did pass on your questions. Check out the video below.

Will Ferrell on the Winona Ryder Cup

Click on the image or this link to see Will Ferrell give us his thoughts on the upcoming Ryder Cup.


Not up to the usual Ferrell standard but it’s Ferrell nonetheless.

Will Ferrell on the Winona Ryder Cup

Click on the image or this link to see Will Ferrell give us his thoughts on the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Not up to the usual Ferrell standard but it’s Ferrell nonetheless.