After countless months and thousands of hours of preparation and planning, Captain Tom Watson and his American side touched down this morning at Edinburgh Airport signalling the start of Ryder Cup week proper, writes RyderCup.com's Will Pearson. Watson, plus his 12-strong team and assembled entourage, landed on the east coast of Scotland at precisely 0925 local time after an overnight transatlantic flight, with European team Captain Paul McGinley, and his wife Ally, on hand to personally welcome his opposite number to the Home of Golf. With the action set to begin on Friday at The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, a confident, determined-looking Watson - already a victorious Ryder Cup captain on European soil following his success at The Belfry in 1993 - led his side from the plane before boarding a coach for a police-escorted journey to host venue
GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy will have a metaphorical target on his back at this week's Ryder Cup in the same way Tiger Woods did in his heyday, according to Europe's triumphant 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie. Montgomerie believes all 12 members of the United States team will relish the chance of claiming McIlroy's scalp if they are drawn against the British Open and U.S. PGA champion in the foursomes, fourballs or singles matches. ...
Austin Connelly and Andrea Lee are both well accustomed to the big time, the former being a close friend of Jordan Spieth and the latter getting a taste of the limelight at this year's U.S. Women's Open Championship, so they know what to expect at this week's Junior Ryder Cup. The two Americans have been blown away by the welcome they have received in the last few days at the "Home of Golf" and have been equally impressed with the testing, traditional layout of the host venue Blairgowrie Golf Club, where they will attempt to make it a fourth successive victory for the United States, beginning Monday. The European team for this year's contest has been touted as being one of the strongest in the history of the event, but Connelly and Lee are unfazed.
Paul Goydos won the Hawaii Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, breaking out of a tight pack with four straight birdies. Making his fifth start of the 50-and-over tour since turning 50 in June, Goydos closed with a 4-under 68 at Kapolei Golf Club for a tournament-record 19-under 197 total. Handled adversity well.'' Funk finished with a 69 to tie for second with Scott Dunlap.
Derek Fathauer won the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship on Sunday to top the four-event Web.Com Tour Finals money list and earn a full PGA Tour exemption. Fathauer finished with a 2-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Zac Blair. ''This is unbelievable,'' Fathauer said. I did a better job of staying patient this week and not looking too far ahead.'' Fathauer has already earned a PGA Tour card with a top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list.
Marita Engzelius wins Symetra Tour finale (The Associated Press) Norway's Marita Engzelius eagled the first hole of a playoff Sunday to win the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship, and the top 10 on the money list earned LPGA Tour cards. ''It's just a great, great end of the Symetra Tour season,'' Engzelius said. The first professional win is big and this is definitely the beginning for me and I'm looking forward to many more.'' Engzelius closed with a 3-under 69 to match Jackie Stoelting and Demi Runas at 10-under 278 on LPGA International's Jones Course. Stoelting finished with a 64, and Runas shot 65.
Mi Jung Hur was finally able to relax for a couple of holes after matching top-ranked Stacy Lewis stroke for stroke Sunday in the final round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. The 24-year-old South Korean player never gave up the last-day lead on her way to a tournament-record 21-under 267 total.