PGA: HOW THE EUROPEANS HAVE FARED
Here, along with the stats of how they have fared in the majors, are the 32 European golfers in next week’s PGA field:
Here in alphabetical order, are the major records of this year’s European contingent which is set to tee off in next week’s final major of the year, The PGA Championship.
Thomas Bjorn (Den). Age 36. Played 9. Cuts made: 5. Best: 2nd (2005). Shot major record-equalling 63 in 2005 third round, then lost by a shot to Phil Mickelson.
Markus Brier (Aut). 39. Debut. First major in America for winner of China Open in April.
Paul Casey (Eng). 30. Played 5. Cuts: 2. Best: 59th (2005). Top 10 finishes in Masters and US Open this year.
*Daniel Chopra (Swe). 33. Played 1. Cuts: 1. Best: 41st (2006). Currently 1st reserve, but will play if winner of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational or Reno-Tahoe Open is already exempt.
Darren Clarke. 38. Played 8. Cuts: 2. Best: 9th (2000). Hero of last year’s Ryder Cup received invitation despite drop outside world’s top 100.
Luke Donald (Eng). 29. Played 4. Cuts: 4. Best: 3rd (2006). Joint leader with Tiger Woods with a round to go last year, but shot closing 75 to world number one’s 68.
Nick Dougherty (Eng). 25. Played 2. Cuts: 0. Seventh at US Open in June after setting first day pace.
Bradley Dredge (Wal). 34. Played 2. Cuts: 0. Was only three off the lead with a round to go in the Masters in April, but closed with an 83.
Simon Dyson (Eng). 29. Debut. Former Walker Cup team-mate of Luke Donald and Paul Casey won twice on European Tour last year.
Johan Edfors (Swe). 31. Played 1. Cuts: 0. Debut last year came after three wins on European Tour.
Niclas Fasth (Swe). 35. Played 6. Cuts: 3. Best: 10th (2003). Top European in fourth place at US Open and then won BMW International Open.
Sergio Garcia (Spa). 27. Played 8. Cuts: 5. Best: 2nd (1999). Runner-up to Tiger Woods on debut and from four clear lost play-off to Padraig Harrington in the Open, his 13th top 10 in majors.
Anders Hansen (Den). 36. Played 3. Cuts: 1. Best: 24th (2006). Won Europe’s PGA title for second time in six years in May.
Soren Hansen (Den). 33. Played 1. Cuts: 1. Best: 43rd (2002). Twice a runner-up this summer, but forgot to enter Open Championship.
Padraig Harrington (Ire). 35. Played 8. Cuts: 4. Best: 17th (2002). At Carnoustie ended Europe’s eight-year barren spell in the majors and also 60-year Irish wait for a successor to Fred Daly.
Gregory Havret (Fra). 30. Debut. First major in America for man who beat Phil Mickelson in Scottish Open play-off.
David Howell (Eng). 32. Played 3. Cuts: 2. Best: 45th (2004). Yet to record a top-10 finish in majors and plagued by injuries the last two years.
Raphael Jacquelin (Fra). 33. Played 1. Cuts: 0. Only second major in America for winner of Asian Open in April.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa). 43. Played 8. Cuts: 7. Best: 10th (1999). Has not won for over two years, but has had several near-misses.
Robert Karlsson (Swe). 37. Played 5. Cuts: 3. Best: 29th (2006). Had best season of his career last year, winning twice and making Ryder Cup debut.
Bernhard Langer (Ger). 49. Played 20. Cuts: 13. Best: 21st (1987). Fifty later this month, but has had second-place finishes in America and Europe this year and was World Cup winner last December.
Paul McGinley (Ire). 40. Played 6. Cuts: 3. Best: 6th (2004). Three Ryder Cups, three wins and like Darren Clarke invited to take part in spite of world ranking slide.
Colin Montgomerie (Sco). 44. Played 15. Cuts: 9. Best: 2nd (1995). Lost play-off to Steve Elkington 12 years ago, one of five runners-up finishes in majors. But has missed the cut in the last five.
Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa). 41. Played 18. Cuts: 10. Best: 4th (2000). Twice Masters champion missed Open last month because of knee injury.
Carl Pettersson (Swe). 29. Played 4. Cuts: 1. Best: 54th (2004). Winner on both the European and US Tours.
Ian Poulter (Eng). 31. Played 5. Cuts: 4. Best: 9th (2006). Achieved first major top 10 at Medinah last August.
Justin Rose (Eng). 27. Played 4. Cuts: 2. Best: 23rd (2002). Fifth, 10th and 12th in first three majors of the season.
Henrik Stenson (Swe). 31. Played 2. Cuts: 2. Best: 14th (2006). Joint halfway leader last year and led Europe’s Order of Merit until Padraig Harrington’s Open win.
Graeme Storm (Eng). 29. Debut. Lifted first European Tour title at French Open on July 1 eight years after winning British Amateur.
Anthony Wall (Eng). 32. Played 1. Cuts: 0. Highest-placed Briton in finishing 11th at last year’s Open Championship, but only Tour win was seven years ago.
Lee Westwood (Eng). 34. Played 10. Cuts: 6. Best: 15th (2000). Former European number one has had top-10 finishes in the other three majors during his career, but not the PGA.
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