Martin Kaymer made a good show of his capabilities as he opened the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship of 2015 my making a spectacular eight-under 64. Kaymer has been the winner of the last 9 editions of this tournament. He made himself number 4 when he made a 10-birdie at the opener of the desert swing of the European tour. This victory put him in the lead immediately.
It seemed that Thomas Pieters knew that he was to end day one at the top of the leader board after his name came above players like Rory Mcllory and Rickie Fowler who set the target of the clubhouse at 7-under. Read more »
Furyk would make a fantastic Ryder captain someday, the experts have opined. It could even be within a couple of years. Yes, it’s true that picking Furyk as a probable captain might seem to be a baffling decision. He has got 7 runner-up finishes from his last victory 4 years back. Moreover, he’s specifically ridiculed by the American fans during the Ryder Cup periods given underwhelming nine-seventeen-four record.
However, such numbers underscore some really significant points about him. First of all, he has been a good enough player for quite long period of time. Then, he is still being selected for the American teams even when he is in mid-40s. Most importantly, this man simply gets it. The word “it” here implies all subtle hints of competition and strategy which have eluded a number of captain at some point of time.
In one of his recent interview session, Jim came up with a very thoughtful discussion which included a very simple idea which usually gets overlooked whilst players are paired in 2 separate squad formats.
“One might wish to have 2 guys who follow similar game style to play golf in a 4-some match together which makes him feel that he is playing the similar ball”, Jim explained. “One might prefer to get 2 guys who are playing completely opposite to one another so one can attack some specific holes in different ways.”
It is no rocket science- yet it has been this way to the captains- during many seasons of the golf competition.
“I feel it would be intelligent to pair the players not just according to the physical quotient of their games but also on the basis of their temperament. There are varied ways to do that. You might complement the golfers by various things.”