- Darren Clarke – the future in 2005.
For the first few months of 2005, Darren Clarke has decided his schedule around the recovery of his wife Heather who has just undergone her fourth bout of chemotherapy. The third treatment produced some ‘dramatic’ improvements and again in Darren’s words ‘She is pretty keen on me getting back to playing’. This is a year which will be all about his wife’s recovery but Clarke is still playing golf and he is preparing to be even better than before.
- The Stats Man
At this year’s Volvo Masters Andalucia, Reuters held their annual presentations for the players who top the Reuters Stats for the European Tour. They also included a surprise presentation to the man who has worked in the Stats Tent since the revamp of a facility that is now very much part of every player’s armoury in the quest for better and better golf – the man in question is Dennis Blasdale and his wife Lynne
- Ryder Cup - Four Euros and a Dollar man.
The Heritage at Woburn 22nd September- Four faces, all with smiles albeit tired ones, were more than happy to talk about the experience of a lifetime, the huge European team win at this year’s Ryder Cup in Detroit. Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington, David Howell and Ian Poulter were the members of that team about to play in the new Heritage Championship, with only Harrington having a specific target, to qualify for the HSBC World Matchplay – this was not to be a statement of play such as their 2004 Captain Bernard Langer’s win in Munich the week after the Cup of 1991 and the German’s integral part in more of the highest drama in sport.
- Golf World Magazine s The Game Within
You might still have then, all those favourite Golf World magazines. The ones with all your favourite interviews - was it Ernie after the Open, Mark James post Brookline, Justin Rose making his statement for being a great golfer ... or Tiger (after everything)? Those special features are what inspire you. You remember the win and even more, when you know what was going on in the mind of a champion. The thought of repairing your dishwasher when you get home becomes nothing as you face that 50p back nine winning putt on you friendly fourball of a Sunday morning.
- Sam Torrance - his Autobiography
Sam Torrance is one of the most popular and charismatic golfers in the world. He has spent the last three decades at the top of the professional game, but it is his exploits in the Ryder Cup that are truly astounding. As a player in the Ryder Cup, he is famous for his winning putt for Europe on the 18th green at the Belfry in 1985. And it was as captain of the team that Sam was to cap his glorious career, when on the 29th September 2002 Europe regained the Ryder Cup - an event watched by over one billion people worldwide.
- Nick Dougherty – back on track.
Nick Dougherty has come to the Marriott Forest of Arden as Youth Ambassador for the Golf Foundation. It’s the Weetabix Age Group Championships for 2003, the culmination of qualification for some stars of the future after regional finals all over the UK and with the Walker Cup just two weeks away, Dougherty is a star from then and a star for now, having ‘saved his card’ with a mid summer 2nd place in Sweden just a few days beforehand. Until those four days success, 2003 was turning into possibly a career changing disaster as Dougherty, Rookie of the Year on the European Tour in 2002, was not competing properly because of illness.
- Paul Casey – how and why he won the B&H
If you think you are good, take another look at what you can do. At the top of his game, Paul Casey plays as well as anyone, Tiger Woods included. He has just walked into the Media Centre having won one of the most famous trophies on the European Tour (which he clutches to his chest with real pride) in some pretty indifferent weather and against one of the strongest fields so far in 2003.