Every Ryder Cup year someone makes a determined effort to make the team and this year it was the 32-year-old from Sweden. After struggling with his early forays onto the European Tour, since his breakthrough year of 2004, when he finished 42nd in the Order of Merit, he has finished no worse than 57th and has made the top 20 in each of the last four years. This season he has captured two titles: the Mallorca Open and the penultimate event in the qualification period, the Czech Open. On both of those occasions he held a strong lead before allowing himself to be caught. If that suggests a weakness, he did at least manage to defeat his opponents in tense play-offs – and his first European Tour win, the Spanish Open, also came via a play-off so he can handle pressure. He is a three-time member of the Seve Trophy European team but although he played well in 2007, his overall record is not in profit: four wins, three halves and seven losses.
|15th Aug||PGA Championship||58|
|8th Aug||Bridgestone Invitational||8|
|25th Jul||Scandinavian Masters||34|
|29th Aug||Johnnie Walker Championship||19|
|22nd Aug||Czech Open||1|
‘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.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,
Rory McIlroy rues a late night until eagle gets him flying in Italian Open
The four-time major winner was only a shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick after the first round of the Rome event.
Rory McIlroy begins Italian Open with superb 67 after recovering from slow start
He kick-started his round by holing out from 115 yards for an eagle on the par-four third.
Shane Lowry: Golf risks alienating fans with disgusting amount of money involved
The BMW PGA Championship winner insists he was never tempted to join LIV Golf.