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Excitement for Ryder Cup building nicely

Westwood will definitely play in Celtic Manor showpiece

Posted Sep 14, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Lee Westwood

This may sound a little weird but all I can think about is the start of the Ryder Cup. However, I’ve just realised that my girlfriend has booked a weekend away for that exact weekend! I think I need a calendar of all major sporting events so that she knows such sporting moments cannot be missed. I’m sure I told her that October 1-3 was a no go, but there’s not a lot a I can do about it now! Weston-Super-Mare here I come!
Next she’ll be telling me that I have to miss the weekend’s big football match too so we can go and pick out some new clothes pegs or something! No I don’t mean the little matter of Manchester United versus Liverpool. I mean the really big one. Hull v Nottingham Forest! C’mon you Reds!
Anyway, back to the Ryder Cup. Now I need to find a way of sneaking some golf viewing into our ‘romantic weekend’. Any tips would be appreciated!
And the reason I’m getting so excited about this isn’t because I think we (by ‘we’ I mean Europe!) have a great chance of hammering the Yanks. No, it’s because Lee Westwood is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a calf injury. His management team confirmed this weekend that he will definitely be at the Ryder Cup. And the reason this is such good news is that he is the third best player in the world. But more importantly, I believe he’s a Nottingham Forest fan! What a guy?!
On a side note, I must once again apologise for a horrendous tip at the recent BMW Invitational – part of the FedEx Cup. Yep you guessed it – Ian Poulter was nowhere to be seen come the closing credits. I think I may tip the Americans to win the Ryder Cup by some distance then we can all be safe in the knowledge that ‘we’ will walk away with the title.
Back to the BMW Invitational. Anyway, Poulter finished tied 13th on two under. But it was the man who has missed out on a Ryder Cup spot that was closest to taking the crown. Paul Casey was leading with six holes to play but his form deserted him and he had to settle for second, a shot behind Dustin Johnson, who completed his four rounds on -9.
It still staggers me that Casey wasn’t picked for the European team. He is an outstanding golfer and has shown over the past year how good he really is. I’d have had him ahead of Padraig Harrington anyday. And I think Harrington is an amazing golfer on his day. Just his day has been few and far between over recent years.
On a more positive note for the Europeans, German machine Martin Kaymer made light work of the field at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, carding a 14 under total to win by four strokes from Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti. His strong form is massive encouragement ahead of the Celtic Manor showpiece.

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