Hanson better, raring to go
Swedish rookie Peter Hanson has declared himself fully fit for this week’s Ryder Cup duel Celtic Manor.
Swedish rookie Peter Hanson has declared himself fully fit for this week’s Ryder Cup duel against the United States at Celtic Manor.
Hanson pulled out of the Vivendi Cup in Paris last weekend after being laid low by a chest infection.
“I am feeling a lot better,” he said, before today’s final official practice round on the Twenty Ten course.
“I had a bad cold that went down close to the lungs and into there, so it was a good decision to rest.
“I came here on Monday still not feeling great, but I have to say that from Tuesday morning to now it feels good.”
Hanson, 32, is among six Ryder Cup debutants in Colin Montgomerie’s European team, but he is relishing playing his part in trying to regain the trophy lost in Louisville, Kentucky two years ago.
“I think everybody is going to be nervous. It’s hard as a rookie because you don’t really know what to expect, but we have all been in positions,” he said.
“Every time you get put in a new situation, I think you get that extra bit of nerve.
“I remember the first European Tour event I played on home soil in Sweden.
“I played as an amateur, and the feeling walking on to that first tee pretty close to where I live with packed grandstands all the way down, I think that feeling is going to be something similar to this.
“I can’t wait to stand on that first tee, I have to say.”
Hanson also revealed his readiness, if required this weekend, to take on world number one Tiger Woods.
“Playing Tiger Woods in a Ryder Cup match would be a dream,” he said. “He is the number one player in the world, so it would be great.
“I think in a case like mine, when you’re coming in maybe a little further back in our team, if I play Tiger I feel that I have everything to win.
“Nobody would expect me to win, but we all know that over 18-hole matchplay a lot of things can happen.”
Jon Rahm aims for third Spanish Open title to emulate the late Seve Ballesteros
Ballesteros won his national open in 1981, 1985 and 1995.
Luke Donald expects Europe to be Ryder Cup underdogs despite home dominance
The United States cruised to a record 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits in 2021.
England’s Charley Hull triumphs in Texas to end six-year wait for LPGA title
The victory was the 26-year-old’s first on the LPGA Tour since prevailing at the CME Group Tour Championship in November 2016.
Ryan Fox remembers Shane Warne after St Andrews success
The New Zealander secured his third DP World Tour title in front of his family with a one-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.