Like Padraig Harrington, the Englishman was selected by his captain ahead of two fine alternatives, Justin Rose and Paul Casey. But Donald had a strong case for inclusion. He has played in just two Ryder Cups – in 2004 and 2006 – and has finished on the winning side both times. In those two matches he has played seven times and lost just once, adding one half and five victories. If there is one doubt it is that four of those wins came when he played alongside Sergio Garcia in the foursomes – they are an unbeaten combination but one that will not be further tested due to the Spaniard’s poor form in 2010. The Ryder Cup is not Donald’s only experience of team golf, nor is it his only familiarity with victory outside individual competition – he also won the 2004 World Cup alongside Paul Casey. The captain was always keen on Donald for the Ryder Cup because of his reliability and consistency. If he can find another capable partner he may well impress again.
|5th Sept||Deutsche Bank Championship||2|
|29th Aug||The Barclays||15|
|15th Aug||PGA Championship||MC|
|26th Sept||Tour Championship||2|
|12th Sept||BMW Championship||37|
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Lucas Glover edges past Patrick Cantlay to claim back-to-back Tour wins
Glover, 43, ultimately claimed victory with a par on the 18th hole playoff after Cantlay found water off the tee.
Lilia Vu wins second major as Charley Hull comes up short despite stunning eagle
American Vu added the Women’s Open title to her Chevron Championship.
Lucas Glover holds onto lead in Memphis with Tommy Fleetwood two strokes behind
Glover said it was a scrappy day but he got ‘a lot out of’ what he had.
Charley Hull shares lead with Lilia Vu heading into final day of Women’s Open
The pair are nine under for the tournament.
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The world number one successfully defended his US PGA Championship title.
Ally Ewing out to emulate Brian Harman with Open win
The pair share their southern roots, passion for hunting and college teams named the Bulldogs.
Ally Ewing storms clear during second round of AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath
At 10 under par Ewing enjoyed a five-shot lead over compatriot Andrea Lee and Japan’s Minami Katsu.
Jordan Spieth leads by one after first round of FedEx St Jude Championship
England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Aaron Rai are the best of the British contingent, closing out Thursday on four under par.
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Woods, 47, has not played since withdrawing from April’s Masters and concedes his playing opportunities will be extremely limited going forward.