A European PGA Champion? Not Since the Speakeasy Days

Peter HughesSenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2008

The last time a European won The PGA Championship, Herbert Hoover was in The White House, and Al Capone was plying his trade in Chicago!

The gentleman who lifted The Wanamaker Trophy in 1930 was Tommy Armour, who hailed from Scotland and later established an excellent reputation as a professional in America.

With The Ryder Cup next month, hopes are high a European will break the hoodoo this year. After the first round at Oakland Hills, it appears this may happen.

Robert Karlson, Jeev Milkha Singh, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington, without mastering "The Monster," are in a position to win on Sunday.

Sadly, the rest of the British contingent are well down the field and some may not even qualify for the final two rounds.

What a conundrum this will create for Nick Faldo, who captains Europe at Valhalla.

The media in the UK are demanding Faldo uses Montgomerie as one on his "picks" and although the Scotsman has an excellent record in Ryder Cup matches, currently his form is woeful and he is well down in the merit ratings.

Moreover, after his 76 in the first round, Montgomerie was complaining in his usual style, the course was badly set up and far too long !

The question is:

When Brits play poorly, why is the course always the cause?

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