Ryder Cup 2010 in Wales: Meet The European Team at 2010 Course

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Ryder Cup 2010 in Wales: Meet The European Team at 2010 Course
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Get to know the European Team and their merits:

LUKE DONALD
Full name: Luke Campbell Donald
Country: England
Born: 7.12.77; Hemel Hempstead, England Family: Wife: Diane (m. 2007); Child: Elle (2010) Turned pro: 2001
European Tour International Schedule victories: 3
US PGA Tour victories: 2
Other Tournament victories: 2
Teams:
World Cup 2004 (winners), 05, 06

RYDER CUP RECORD
Years played: 2004 (winners), 06 (winners) Played 7, Won 5, Lost 1, Halved 1, Points 5½

SERIES RECORD
Singles: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 4, Won 4, Lost 0, Halved 0
Fourballs: Played 1, Won 0, Lost 0, Halved 1

LUKE DONALD’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
4 – Played four times alongside Sergio Garcia in Ryder Cup foursome matches: two in 2004 and two in 2006 and won all of them.

5 – Yet to be beaten in his five matches in fourball and foursome play in The Ryder Cup.

100 – Has a flawless record in Ryder Cup foursomes: played four, won four.
 

ROSS FISHER
Full name: Ross Daniel Fisher
Country: England
Born: 22.11.80; Ascot, England
Family: Wife: Joanne (m. 2007); Child: Eve (2009) Turned pro: 2004
European Tour International Schedule victories: 4
Teams:
World Cup 2008, 09
Seve Trophy 2009 (winners)

RYDER CUP RECORD
None

ROSS FISHER’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
69 – Becomes the 69th  different English player to play in The Ryder Cup.

191 – Along with Peter Hanson, at 191cm (6ft 3in), is the tallest player in The European Ryder Cup
Team.

500,000 – The number of points claimed by winning the 3 Irish Open on his way to qualifying for the
Team.


PETER HANSON
Full name: Peter Hanson
Country: Sweden
Born: 4.10.77; Svedala, Sweden
Family: Wife: Sanna (m. 2005); Children: Stella (2007) Turned pro: 1998
European Tour International Schedule victories: 4
Other tournament victories: 5
Teams:
World Cup 2007
Seve Trophy 2000 (winners), 2005, 07, 09

RYDER CUP RECORD
None

PETER HANSON’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
1 –The only Swede to represent Europe in 2010

9 – Becomes the ninth different Swede to play in The Ryder Cup

333,330 – The number of Ryder Cup Points he collected for winning the Czech Open 2010
 

PADRAIG HARRINGTON
Full name: Padraig Harrington
Country: Ireland
Born: 31.8.71; Dublin, Ireland
Family: Wife: Caroline (1997); Children: Patrick (2003), Ciaran (2007) Turned pro: 1995
European Tour International Schedule victories: 14
US PGA Tour victories: 5
Other Tournament victories: 10
Major Championships: 3
Teams:
Alfred Dunhill Cup 1996, 98, 98, 99, 00
World Cup 1996, 97 (winners), 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Seve Trophy 2000, 02 (winners), 03 (winners), 05 (winners)

RYDER CUP RECORD
Years played: 1999, 02 (winners), 04 (winners), 06 (winners), 08
Played 21, Won 7, Lost 11, Halved 3, Points 8½

SERIES RECORD
Singles: Played 5, Won 3, Lost 2, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 9, Won 2, Lost 4, Halved 3
Fourballs: Played 7, Won 2, Lost 5, Halved 0

PADRAIG HARRINGTON’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
3 – Played in the opening game of each of the last three Ryder Cups, with Colin Montgomerie in the
2004 and 2006 fourballs and Robert Karlsson in the 2008 foursomes.

5 – The number of games played alongside European Team Captain Colin Montgomerie, winning three points.

8 – The number of Ryder Cup matches he has played in which have gone to the 18th  hole.
 

MIGUEL ANGEL JIMÉNEZ
Full name: Miguel Angel Jiménez Rodriguez
Country: Spain
Born: 5.1.64; Malaga, Spain
Family: Children: Miguel Angel (1995), Victor (1999) Turned pro: 1982
European Tour International Schedule victories: 18
Other Tournament victories: 3
Teams:
Alfred Dunhill Cup 1990, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 (winners), 00 (winners) World Cup 1990, 92, 93, 94, 00, 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Seve Trophy 2000 (winners), 02, 03, 05, 07, 09

RYDER CUP RECORD
Years played: 1999, 04 (winners), 08
Played 12, Won 2, Lost 7, Halved 3, Points 3½

SERIES RECORD
Singles: Played 3, Won 0, Lost 3, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 5, Won 0, Lost 3, Halved 2
Fourballs: Played 4, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1

MIGUEL ANGEL JIMÉNEZ’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
5 – Played in all five sessions on his Ryder Cup debut in 1999 at The Country Club, winning two points.

46 – The oldest player competing in The 2010 Ryder Cup.

1997 – Was a Vice‐Captain to Seve Ballesteros in The 1997 Ryder Cup at Club de Golf Valderrama.
 

MARTIN KAYMER
Full name: Martin Kaymer
Country: Germany
Born: 28.12.84; Düsseldorf, Germany
Turned pro: 2005
European Tour International Schedule victories: 7
Other Tournament victories: 7
Major Championships: Total 1
Teams:
World Cup 2007, 08, 09

RYDER CUP RECORD
None

MARTIN KAYMER’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
2 – Second German to play in The Ryder Cup after Bernhard Langer, who played in ten Ryder Cup matches between 1981 and 2002.

5– One of five players in their 20s in the European Team. The other four are Rory McIlroy (21), Francesco Molinari (27) and Ross Fisher and Edoardo Molinari both(29)

10 – Finished in tenth place in the final 2008 European Ryder Cup Points List, one place outside making the Team.
 

GRAEME McDOWELL
Full name: Graeme McDowell
Country: Northern Ireland
Born: 30.7.79; Portrush, Northern Ireland
Turned pro: 2002
European Tour International Schedule victories: 6
US PGA Tour victories: 1
Major Championships: 1
Teams:
World Cup 2008, 09
Seve Trophy 2005 (winners), 09 (winners) Royal Trophy 2006 (winners)

RYDER CUP RECORD
Years played: 2008
Played 4, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 1, Points 2½

SERIES RECORD
Singles: Played 1, Won 1, Lost 0, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 1, Won 0, Lost 0, Halved 1
Fourballs: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0

GRAEME McDOWELL’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
1 – Will be the first European to play in The Ryder Cup as the reigning US Open Champion.

2 – With Rory McIlroy also competing, Northern Ireland will have two players in the same Ryder Cup
Team for the first time.

269 – His winning total at The 2010 Celtic Manor Wales Open.
 

RORY McILROY
Full name: Rory McIlroy
Country: Northern Ireland
Born: 4.5.89; Holywood, Northern Ireland
Turned pro: 2007
European Tour International Schedule victories: 1
US PGA Tour victories: 1
Teams:
World Cup 2009
Seve Trophy 2009 (winners)

RYDER CUP RECORD
None

RORY McILROY’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
2 ‐ Becomes the second player to have been a member of the European Junior Ryder Cup team and then go on to play in The Ryder Cup, following Sergio Garcia.

21 ‐ Aged 21, he is the youngest player on either Team at The 2010 Ryder Cup.

2004 ‐ Was part of the winning European Junior Ryder Cup team.
 

EDOARDO MOLINARI
Full name: Edoardo Molinari
Country: Italy
Born: 11.2.81; Turin, Italy
Turned pro: 2006
European Tour International Schedule victories: 2
Other tournament victories: 6
Teams:
World Cup 2007, 08, 09 (winners)

RYDER CUP RECORD
None

EDOARDO MOLINARI’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
3 – With brother Francesco in the team, this with be the third time in Ryder Cup history that brothers have played in the same team for Great Britain&Ireland/Europe. They follow Charles, Ernest and Reg Whitcombe in 1935 and Bernard and Geoffrey Hunt in 1963

5 – Finished fifth in both The Ryder Cup World List and The European Ryder Cup List

5 – During the qualifying period for The Ryder Cup he amassed more wins worldwide than any other player; two on the 2009 Challenge Tour, two on the 2010 European Tour and one on the Japan Golf Tour
 

FRANCESCO MOLINARI
Full name: Francesco Molinari
Country: Italy
Born: 8.11.82; Turin, Italy
Family: Wife: Valentina (m. 2007) Turned pro: 2004
European Tour International Schedule victories: 1
Teams:
World Cup 2006, 07, 08, 09 (winners) Seve Trophy 2009

RYDER CUP RECORD
None

FRANCESCO MOLINARI’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS

10– The number of top ten finishes he attained during the qualifying period for The Ryder Cup.

1997 – The last year an Italian played in a Ryder Cup match ‐ Costantino Rocca at Club de Golf
Valderrama.

2009 – The last time he was part of a team, winning the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for Italy with brother Edoardo.
 

IAN POULTER
Full name: Ian James Poulter
Country: England
Born: 10.1.76; Hitchin, England
Family: Wife: Katie (m. 2007); Children: Aimee‐Leigh (2002), Luke (2004), Lilly Mai (2009) Turned pro: 1994
European Tour International Schedule victories: 9
US PGA Tour victories: 1
Other Tournament victories: 2
Teams:
World Cup 2001, 07, 08, 09
Seve Trophy 2003 (winners), 05 (winners)

RYDER CUP RECORD
Years played: 2004 (winners), 08
Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2, Halved 0, Points 5

SERIES RECORD
Singles: Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Halved 0
Fourballs: Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1, Halved 0

IAN POULTER’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
2 – Second European player to score four points after being selected as a wild card, following Lee
Westwood in 2006.

4‐ The number of points he accrued in The 2008 Ryder Cup from his five matches, making him the leading points scorer.

5 – The only European player to play all five series of matches in 2008.
 

LEE WESTWOOD
Full name: Lee John Westwood
Country: England
Born: 24.4.73; Worksop, England
Family: Wife: Laurae (m. 1999); Children: Samuel Bevan (2001), Poppy Grace (2004) Turned pro: 1993
European Tour International Schedule victories: 20
US PGA Tour victories: 2
Other Tournament victories: 10
Teams:
Alfred Dunhill Cup 1996, 97, 98, 99
Seve Trophy 2000, 02 (winners), 03 (winners) Royal Trophy 2007 (winners)

RYDER CUP RECORD
Years played: 1997 (winners), 99, 02 (winners), 04 (winners), 06 (winners), 08
Played 29, Won 14, Lost 10, Halved 5, Points 16½

SERIES RECORD
Singles: Played 6, Won 2, Lost 4, Halved 0
Foursomes: Played 11, Won 6, Lost 2, Halved 3
Fourballs: Played 12, Won 6, Lost 4, Halved 2

LEE WESTWOOD’S RYDER CUP IN NUMBERS
6 ‐ In partnership with Darren Clarke, stands equal second in the list of most successful Ryder Cup partnerships with six points from their ten games together.

12 ‐ Along with Arnold Palmer, jointly holds the record for most consecutive Ryder Cup matches unbeaten. This dates from the opening morning fourballs in 2004 to the afternoon fourballs on day one in 2008.

27 – Played in 27 consecutive series of games since making his debut in 1997. First session he missed was the morning foursomes on day two in 2008.

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