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2001 Ryder Cup

neth_rowneth_row PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
i'm not a big golf fan; this is the only golfing tournament i follow religiously....here are the teams (from Sportal)...

American Ryder Cup team

Tiger Woods - 25 years old
Played Ryder Cup in 1997, '99 - Won 3, Halved 1, Lost 6
The jewel in the American crown, and rated by many as the best player ever. Won the last three majors of 2000 and the 2001 Masters to hold all four major titles concurrently. Although his standards have dropped a little since, he has still won an incredible five times on the US Tour this year. May have a weakness in match play, but no European will be confident against him.

Phil Mickelson - 31
1995, '97, '99 - W 6, H 2, L 2
A superb match play competitor with a Ryder Cup record to match. Has failed so far to land the major title which would mean so much to him, but that can only be a matter of time for one of his ability. Has won twice on the US Tour this year, came second in the US PGA, and will be expecting to thrive at The Belfry.

David Duval - 29
1999 - W 1, H 1, L 2
Proved his mettle when he hit closing rounds of 65 and 67 to win his first major title at Royal Lytham this year, and will not be fazed by the turmoil of The Belfry. Famous for his calm demeanour both on and off the course, he gives little away to his opponents. Topped the world rankings in 1999 briefly, and now ensconced at number three.

Mark Calcavecchia - 41
1987, '89, '91 - W 5, H 1, L 5
Returns to the American team after 10 years on the sidelines, thanks to an excellent set of performances over the past 12 months. That includes a win at the Phoenix Open and fourth places at the Masters and the US PGA, results which give the 41-year-old a chance to return to his late '80s glory days.

David Toms - 34
Earned his place in the side after winning the US PGA Championship, his first major triumph. Was in 14th place at the start of the tournament, with one win already in the Compaq Classic, but edged out Phil Mickelson on the 72nd hole to ensure his ticket for The Belfry.

Davis Love - 37
1993, '95, '97, '99 - W 6, H 3, L 8
A consistent Ryder Cup performer who beat Jean Van de Velde 6&5 in last year's singles, Love is a prodigious striker of the ball who won his only major to date at the 1997 US PGA. 2001 started well for him as he won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and he followed that with second place in the Buick Invitational.

Scott Hoch - 45
1997 - W 1, H 1, L 0
The elder statesman of the American team, Hoch earns his second Ryder Cup berth after a season where he won twice in the Chrysler Classic and the Advil Western Open. Was the second oldest Ryder Cup rookie ever in 1997, and shows no signs of slowing down now.

Jim Furyk - 31
1997, '99 - W 2, H 0, L 4
The man with the famously unique swing, he won the first event of the year, the Mercedes Championship, then consolidated with sixth place at the Masters and second at the Buick Invitational to earn his Ryder Cup spot for the third time in a row.

Hal Sutton - 43
1985, '87, '99 - W 5, H 4, L 4
Won the US PGA Championship in 1983, and played in two unsuccessful US Ryder Cup campaigns. After a slump in the early 90s, he returned at Brookline, where he beat Darren Clarke in the singles, and ensured his place for 2001 with wins at the Shell Houston Open, third place in the Genuity Championship and fifth place in the Players.

Stewart Cink - 28
Squeezed into the last automatic place in the US team thanks to third places in the US Open - when he had a short putt to join the play-off - and the Buick Classic. Has not won this year though, and ranked 'only' 26th in the world, is a possible weak link in the American line-up.

Paul Azinger - 41
1989, '91, '93 - W 5, H 2, L 7
Selected by Curtis Strange for his Ryder Cup experience and fighting qualities. Won the 1993 US PGA, but was diagnosed with cancer shortly after. Has come back strongly following treatment for lymphoma, and his best finishes this year are second place at the Memorial tournament and fifth in the US Open.

Scott Verplank - 37
A surprise wild-card selection after he finished 14th in the US Ryder Cup rankings. Curtis Strange picked him for his "intestinal fortitude": Verplank recovered from a career-threatening elbow injury in the early '90s and plays with diabetes. He also impressed Strange with a 67 in the final round of the US PGA which lifted him to seventh place.


  • neth_rowneth_row PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    European Ryder Cup team

    Darren Clarke (N. Ire) - 33 years old
    Played Ryder Cup 1997, '99 - Won 3, Halved 0, Lost 4
    Has an established Match Play pedigree, which includes victory in the Accenture Match Play Championship in February 2000. Won the Smurfit European Open this season and has been in decent form of late. Will be expected to play a leading role.

    Padraig Harrington (Ire) - 30
    1999 - W 1, H 1, L 1
    Has been a runner-up six times on the European Tour this season, and confirmed his form at the BMW International, the final qualifying event. Sam Torrance has indicated that Harrington will form an Irish pairing with Paul McGinley.

    Thomas Björn (Den) - 30
    1997 - W 1, H 1, L 0
    Won the Dubai Desert Classic earlier in the season, when he played alongside Tiger Woods for all four rounds and came out on top. He has wavered slightly recently, but after missing out on 1999's competition, he will be desperate to show Europe what they were missing at Brookline.

    Colin Montgomerie (Sco) - 38
    1991, '93, '95, '97, '99 - W 12, H 4, L 7
    Another from whom Europe will require a titanic performance at The Belfry. Looks to have found his form at the right time with two wins in the last two months, including the Volvo Scandinavian Masters. Has an impressive Ryder Cup record, and won 3 1/2 points in the 1999 competition.

    Pierre Fulke (Swe) - 30
    Booked his place in the side early on thanks to victory in the Volvo Masters at the end of the last year and second place in the Accenture Match Play back in January. Has struggled badly since, however, and will not be giving the Americans sleepless nights.

    Lee Westwood (Eng) - 28
    1997, '99 - W 4, H 0, L 6
    Has endured a nightmare season the year after winning the European Order of Merit, with just three top-10 finishes and six missed cuts. Does not have the best of Ryder Cup records but will hope that this year's competition marks a return to better days.

    Paul McGinley (Ire) - 34
    Won the Wales Open in August to rise into the top 10, and has enjoyed eight other top 10 finishes in a consistent year. He won the World Cup for Ireland with Harrington in 1997, and is likely to be paired with his compatriot at The Belfry.

    Niclas Fasth (Swe) - 29
    Something of an unknown quantity, the young Swede owes his place in the team to his second place in the Open Championship, where he finished three shots behind David Duval. May not figure until the singles though.

    Bernhard Langer (Ger) - 44
    1981, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95, '97 - W 18, H 5, L 15
    By far the most experienced player on either team, and one who missed out two years ago when Mark James picked Andrew Coltart instead. Has enjoyed an excellent season in 2001, with victory in the Dutch Open, third in the Open Championship and 6th in the Masters, and will play a vital role at The Belfry.

    Phillip Price (Wal) - 34
    Squeezed into the team in 10th place despite missing the cut at the final ranking event, the BMW International. Won the Portuguese Open back in April, but may be targeted by the Americans and could well be a spectator until the singles.

    Sergio Garcia (Sp) - 21
    1999 - W3, H 1, L 1
    Plays on the US Tour, so did not pick up the ranking points to qualify by rights. He has enjoyed an excellent season in the States, winning twice, and his world ranking of seven is the highest of anyone in the European team. One of the success stories at Brookline, winning 3 1/2 points.

    Jesper Parnevik (Swe) - 36
    1997, '99 - W 4, H 3, L 2
    Formed a successful partnership with Garcia at the last Ryder Cup and that helped his wild-card selection ahead of Jose Maria Olazabal. Plays on the US Tour, where he won the Honda Classic earlier in the year, and will provide useful insights into the Americans' styles of play.

    it's really disappointing that my favorite player, fred couples, was not included in the american team :grrr: nevertheless, i still pick the americans to repeat over the europeans *okay*
  • nethrow: do you follow the President's Cup also?
  • i also love to watch the ryder cup (and the presidents cup). it's a nice change from the regular golf tournaments... it being a team event. i'm sad, too, that fred couples (also my fave player! :*) ) isn't included... i was hoping he'd be picked as one of the captain's choices. too bad, curtis strange didn't pick him... sayang! :( but freddie wasn't expecting to be chosen na rin siguro, bcoz he admitted himself that he isn't as competitive anymore.

    neth_row, when will it be? this september, right?

    i'm sure emtions will run high as a result of what happened in 1999... when the americans stormed the green when play was still on and i think olazabal was still to putt. great come-from-behind victory by the americans the last time. pero may controversy dun in the end, dba? kaya extra exciting ito this year!
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