Drone footage shows where Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and golf’s best will test Adare Manor ahead of 2026 Ryder Cup

28 Aug

In less than 12 months, golf’s biggest names will have the chance to compete at Adare Manor, venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are among those who will play in the JP McManus Pro-Am – an illustrious star-studded event – in July 2020 and here, amazing drone footage details exactly why the course is so highly regarded.

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Adare Manor, owned by JP McManus, is set in 842 acres of land in County Limerick and will host the 2026 Ryder Cup, marking 20 years since Ireland last hosted the prestigious tournament[/caption]

Niall Horan, pop star and friend to the Breakfast Show on talkSPORT, will be among those testing the conditions at the Pro-Am next year, while Ian Poulter aka ‘The Postman’ will undoubtedly be at his best considering it’s a Ryder Cup venue.

Reopened in 2018 after a two-year revamp, the McManus-owned five-star hotel and course has won many admirers and it is the first time since 2006 the Ryder Cup will be hosted in Ireland.

The K Club hosted the biennial event then, when Team Europe – under the captaincy of Ian Woosnam and featuring three Irishmen who later captained Europe; Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley – memorably defeated the United States by a record margin of 18½ – 9½.

“I am delighted that the prestigious Ryder Cup will return to Ireland,” said JP McManus. “It is a wonderful tribute to the many great Irish golf ambassadors and success stories Ireland has had in golf over the years and a nice follow on from [Shane Lowry’s] momentous Open win in Portrush. The nation was behind Shane, it was a great achievement and very well deserved.”

All in Adare's work

The Par 72, 7,509-yard championship standard layout has been transformed under the leadership of world-renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio

  • The course is one of only three in the UK and Ireland where all 18 greens incorporate the SubAir Aeration System, used to remove moisture through vacuum pumps, guaranteeing firm play each day.
  • Water features are present on 14 holes with a number of man-made lakes, streams and the River Maigue regularly in play. As these intersect the course at many points, there was a requirement to create a total of 12 new hand-cut stone bridges, providing another signature feature of the property.
  • Padraig Harrington, was consulted on the design of the golf course, providing player insights to designer Tom Fazio

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The 18th hole at Adare Manor where fans will hope to see Ian Poulter and the rest of the European gang delivering[/caption]

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Adare Manor, which was extensively renovated two years ago, hosted the Irish Open in 2007, a tournament won by Padraig Harrington two months before he went on to clinch the first of his two successive Open Championship titles at Carnoustie[/caption]

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The expansion included a new 42-bedroom wing, increasing accommodations to a total of 104 guest rooms and a ballroom which can host up to 350 guests[/caption]

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The venue will host the JP McManus Pro-Am in July 2020 where a who’s who of golf, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, will stay and compete[/caption]

Padraig Harrington named Europe’s captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

8 Jan

Padraig Harrington has been named as Europe’s captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup, which will take place at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin next September.

The three-time major winner succeeds Thomas Bjorn in the role, four months after the Dane skippered Europe to victory in the 2018 edition of the tournament.

Harrington has served as vice-captain in each of the last three Ryder Cups, and has also represented Europe as a player on six occasions.

Harrington will skipper Europe at next year’s Ryder Cup

He was part of the winning teams in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010 after first appearing at Brookline in 1999.

Individually Harrington has won three majors – The Open in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship, also in 2008 – and he spent over 300 weeks in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10.

The 47-year-old has played at Whistling Straits on three occasions, meaning he has good experience of the course for the upcoming Ryder Cup.

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Ryder Cup 2018: Brooks Koepka reveals horror of blinding spectator with tee shot

3 Oct

Brooks Koepka has described hearing that a spectator struck in the eye by one of his tee shots during the Ryder Cup could suffer long-term consequences as “probably one of the worst days of my life”.

Corine Remande was hit by a wayward shot on the par-four sixth hole at Le Golf National in Paris and there have been reports she could lose the sight in her right eye.

Koepka was ‘deeply hurt and saddened’ by the incident

Koepka said in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday that he was “deeply hurt and saddened” by the incident and also addressed what happened in a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“Yesterday was probably one of the worst days of my life,” Koepka said. “I haven’t had too many tragedies in my personal family where there’s been a loss or any kind of tragic accident so I’ve been lucky in that sense.

“I wasn’t told until I got to the course – I’m not the biggest person on social media – so when I got here and had about seven missed calls and 25 text messages I was like, ‘What’s going on? Then I was told the news and obviously I am really heartbroken.

The spectator could be left with life-long injuries

“My stomach sank. Yesterday was probably one of the hardest days trying to focus and play golf just knowing what was going to come when I was done.

“I spent an hour-and-a-half of my round on the phone trying to understand what was going on because it’s hard to get the real story of what was going on. I didn’t know if it was fake or not and you want to find out. It’s sad and I really am torn up about it.”

In Koepka’s earlier statement on Twitter, the reigning US Open and US PGA champion said he was “heartbroken” and had been in contact with Remande’s family to offer his “heartfelt sympathy.”

The 49-year-old Frenchwoman was treated on the course and in a nearby hospital before being transferred to Lyon.

The European Tour has said it will offer “support for as long as necessary” to her.

A Ryder Cup spokesperson said: “It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long-term consequences from a ball strike.

“The spectator hit by a ball at the sixth hole during Friday’s play was treated by first responders immediately and taken to hospital.

“We have been in communication with the family involved, starting with the immediate on-course treatment and thereafter to provide support, helping with the logistics of repatriation, including providing a transfer for the family from Paris to Lyon. We will continue to offer support for as long as necessary.

“Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators, but this kind of incident is extremely rare. We can confirm that ‘fore’ was shouted several times, but also appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is struck if you are in the crowd.

“We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances.”

Koepka went over to check on the spectator

Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said it was a “freak accident”.

He said: “For me, the whole team I represent and everybody at Ryder Cup Europe, it’s just a terrible thing and something that you don’t want to happen.

“It’s terrible, it’s a freak accident that’s happened, and all our thoughts are with her.”

Koepka went on to win his match with Tony Finau, beating Justin Rose and Jon Rahm, but was still upset about the incident afterwards.

He said at the time: “It doesn’t feel good, it really doesn’t. You feel terrible for them. You know exactly how they are feeling, especially when you’ve got to go over there and apologise, because they are in pain, usually bleeding, and then to hit her in the face – you don’t want to hit anybody in the face, especially not a woman, and it’s not a good feeling.”

Ryder Cup 2018: European Tour makes statement on golf fan left blind in one eye from Brooks Koepka ball

2 Oct

The Ryder Cup organisers say they will ‘continue to offer support for as long as necessary’ to a golf fan left blind in one eye while watching the 2018 edition.

Corine Remande, 49, was with her husband to watch the event, which was won by Europe, but was knocked to the ground on the first day when Brooks Koepka’s wayward ball struck her.

Corine Remande was floored by a wayward tee shot from Brooks Koepka

Scans on her eye revealed a “fracture of the right socket and the explosion of the eyeball”, which, she said, surgeons managed to sew back together.

“However they told me I’d lost the sight in my right eye, and this was what was confirmed to me today (Monday),” Ms Remande told the AFP, revealing she is set to consult a lawyer with a view to seeking damages.

“More than anything I want them to take care of all the medical bills to make sure there is no risk of infection,” she said.

Koepka was quick to apologise and went over to check on her well being, signing a glove to give to her – a gesture that was appreciated. However, Ms Remande, who was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, said she didn’t hear anything after being carted off.

Koepka rushed over to Ms Remande to check on her and offered her a signed glove

On Tuesday, a Ryder Cup spokesperson said: “It is distressing to hear that someone might suffer long term consequences from a ball strike.

“The spectator hit by a ball at the 6th hole during Friday’s play was treated by first responders immediately and taken to hospital. We have been in communication with the family involved, starting with the immediate on-course treatment and thereafter to provide support, helping with the logistics of repatriation, including providing a transfer for the family from Paris to Lyon. We will continue to offer support for as long as necessary.

“Ball strikes are an occasional hazard for spectators but this kind of incident is extremely rare. We can confirm that ‘fore’ was shouted several times but also appreciate how hard it can be to know when and where every ball is struck if you are in the crowd. We are hugely sympathetic and will do everything we can to support the spectator, insofar as that is possible under very difficult circumstances.”

Golf fan hit by Brooks Koepka’s ball during Ryder Cup loses sight in right eye

2 Oct

The golf fan who was struck in the eye by Brooks Koepka’s ball during the Ryder Cup has lost sight in her eye.

Corine Remande, 49, had travelled to France from Egypt with her husband to watch the 2018 event just outside Paris, which was won by Europe.

Corine Remande was floored by a wayward tee shot from Brooks Koepka

But she was hit early on Friday by the American, known as one of the biggest hitters on the tour.

Koepka was quick to apologise and went over to check on her well being, signing a glove to give to her.

She appreciated the gesture, but said she planned to sue the organisers.

“Quite clearly, there is responsibility on the part of the organisers,” Ms Remande told AFP.

“Officials did not shout any warning as the player’s ball went into the crowd.”

Koepka rushed over to Ms Remande to check on her and offered her a signed glove

On Koepka’s attentiveness she said: “I tried to stay positive with him so that he didn’t lose his concentration.

“But once I was taken away, I didn’t hear anything from the organisers.”

Ms Remande is set to consult a lawyer on Tuesday with a view to seeking damages.

“More than anything I want them to take care of all the medical bills to make sure there is no risk of infection,” she said.

She received first aid on the spot before being transferred to a specialist eye hospital in Paris.

Afterwards, she was taken to her parents’ home in Lyon as doctors advised her not to fly immediately back to Egypt.

Scans on her eye revealed a “fracture of the right socket and the explosion of the eyeball”, which, she said, surgeons managed to sew back together.

“However they told me I’d lost the sight in my right eye, and this was what was confirmed to me today (Monday),” she explained.

Ryder Cup 2018: Thomas Bjorn to get tattoo of Europe’s victorious scoreline

1 Oct

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn promised to get a tattoo of the winning score should his team pull off an unlikely victory – a promise he wishes he never made.

The Europeans demolished Jim Furyk’s USA 17.5-10.5 to regain the trophy and spark wild celebrations in Paris.

Bjorn’s men were underdogs heading into the event

Bjorn is a man of his word and he has every intention of honouring his commitment, although the ink’s destination may be a private one.

“It was the worst decision I made all week,” a smiling Bjorn said. “Let me put it this way, it’s going to go on a part that only Grace [Bjorn’s partner] will see. I might have to send the players a picture.”

Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood celebrate

Ian Poulter, one of Bjorn’s victorious European players, hailed the promise of a tattoo as added incentive to go and bring the trophy back to Europe.

He said: “I don’t know when it’s going to get done but we had some extra motivation this week to make sure we put our hands back on that trophy.

“As little or big as those numbers are going to be – they will be very interesting numbers to see.”

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari wake up in bed together with the Ryder Cup trophy

1 Oct

Unbeatable on the golf course, inseparable off it – ‘Moliwood’ have been caught in bed together with the Ryder Cup.

Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood won all four of their matches together as Europe sailed to an emphatic 17.5-10.5 victory in Paris.

The pair were on fire at the Ryder Cup

Molinari completed his clean sweep in the singles, sealing the winning point and sparking wild scenes of celebration as Europe regained the famous trophy.

The pair were filmed in a hilarious clip as they lay in bed on Monday morning, clearly groggy from the night before.

Fleetwood says: “How good was that for you?’ to which Molinari replies “four out of four”.

The Englishman then replies: “I’d give you five out of five, Frankie.”

Open Champion Molinari became the first ever European to win five points in a single Ryder Cup as he cemented his place as Tiger Woods’ least favourite person.

Their partnership was unstoppable

The Italian held off a challenge from Woods at The Open earlier this year, before beating the legend in three matches at Le Golf National – twice when he was paired with Patrick Reed and once with Bryson DeChambeau.

Fleetwood tweeted the video from his personal account and put: “Missing him already.”

Ryder Cup 2018: Patrick Reed rips into Jordan Spieth in scathing attack on American team-mates

1 Oct

Patrick Reed launched an extraordinary attack on his American team-mates after they were condemned to a humiliating 17.5-10.5 Ryder Cup defeat in Paris.

The Masters champion, who claimed just one point from three matches, was furious not to be partnered with Jordan Spieth after the pair performed so well together at Hazeltine in 2016.

Reed offered a damning assessment of his team-mates

Reed, a controversial figure who splits opinion among fellow players and fans alike, was also fuming with captain Jim Furyk for sitting him out of two sessions and criticised the team’s spirit.

“The issue’s obviously Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed said.

“I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works.

“He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.”

“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice,” he fumed.

Reed blamed captain Furyk for his shortcomings

“Every day I saw, ‘Leave your egos at the door’. They [Europe] do that better than us.”

Reed was paired with golfing legend Tiger Woods, who remarkably lost all four of his matches.

Woods looked a shadow of the man who clinched a first PGA Tour victory in five years just a week earlier, and the 42-year-old admitted he only had himself to blame.

“It’s disappointing because I went 0-4 and that’s four points to the European team.

“And I’m one of the contributing factors to why we lost the cup, and it’s not a lot of fun.

“It’s frustrating because we came here, I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn’t perform at the level that I had been playing, and just got behind early in the matches and never got back.”

Ryder Cup 2018: Brilliant Europe thrash disappointing USA to regain trophy

30 Sep

Europe are Ryder Cup champions with an easy win over the USA at Le Golf National in Paris.

The final day breakthrough came via rookie Jon Rahm, who produced a pivotal victory over Tiger Woods while history-maker Francesco Molinari secured the winning point.

Molinari celebrates the win with captain Thomas Bjorn

Europe’s 10-6 overnight lead meant they needed just four and a half points from the 12 singles matches for a ninth win in the last 12 biennial contests, but Justin Thomas gave Jim Furyk’s side an early boost with victory over Rory McIlroy in the opening match.

And when Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose 3&2 and Tony Finau thrashed the previously unbeaten Tommy Fleetwood 6&4, the gap was down to a single point and American hopes of a repeat of the comeback at Brookline in 1999 were very much alive.

However, Thorbjorn Olesen, who was left out of Saturday’s action by fellow Dane and Europe captain Thomas Bjorn, then thrashed three-time major winner Jordan Spieth 5&4 and Rahm picked a perfect time to win his first match and leave Woods without a single point.

Two up with three to play, Rahm handed Woods a lifeline by three-putting the 16th, but then smashed a wonderful 356-yard drive down the 17th and hit his approach to three feet to set up a winning birdie.

Jon Rahm secured an impressive win over Tiger Woods

“There is a lot going on for me right now,” Rahm said. “The memory of Seve (Ballesteros) and my grandpa, who would have loved to be here, who passed away at the (US) PGA.

“To beat Tiger, one of the all-time greats, if not the greatest, on the Sunday, at a pivotal point, it is the best feeling of my life.”

With several matches on the verge of finishing in Europe’s favour it was just a case of who would secure the winning point and Ian Poulter took his side to the brink of victory by beating world number one Dustin Johnson on the 18th.

And fittingly it was Molinari who had the honour of officially securing the win, beating Phil Mickelson 4&2 when the American dumped his tee shot into the water on the 16th to suffer a record 22nd defeat in the contest.

Molinari becomes the first European player to compile a perfect 5-0 record in the contest, with American Larry Nelson the only other to do so in 1979.

Molinari, who became the first Italian to win a major championship in July’s Open at Carnoustie, said: “It means so much, more than majors, more than anything. It’s hard not to get emotional.

“They had probably the strongest team ever and we were just so good, it is unreal.

“I just tried to do things well and be professional. Today it was hard to get the energy but I stepped it up when I had to.”

More of the Europe team congratulate Molinari

Bjorn added: “They have been amazing, the 12 of them, unbelievable. They were determined to set out and do the job themselves and for me it was an easy job to guide them in that direction.

“Experience when you come in with the right attitude produces special things.

“It was getting tight a little bit but I had belief and faith in this team that they were going to deliver and they delivered more than they should have.”

Ryder Cup 2018 singles: Thomas Bjorn backs Rory McIlroy to get Team Europe off to a flyer ahead of Sunday showdown

29 Sep

Europe captain Thomas Bjorn backed Rory McIlroy to get his side’s bid for Ryder Cup glory off to a flying start in the final day’s singles at Le Golf National.

The home side take a 10-6 lead into Sunday’s 12 matches and need to claim four and a half points to regain the trophy in Paris.

McIlroy goads the American hecklers

McIlroy will face Justin Thomas in the opening match; Thomas and Jordan Spieth having beaten McIlroy and Ian Poulter 4&3 in the Saturday foursomes.

“There’s a lot of reasons to send Rory out first,” Bjorn said. “He’s a fantastic player. He likes to play fast. He doesn’t like to be held up. He likes responsibility.

“He feels like he’s in a place where he can go into that position and get the best out of himself. I have a lot of belief in him, and I trust him as a player, but also trust him very much as a person.

“So it’s a great place for him to be with responsibility.”

Draw and tee-off times for the singles session of the 42nd Ryder Cup

  • 11:05: Rory McIlroy v Justin Thomas
  • 11:17: Paul Casey v Brooks Koepka
  • 11:29: Justin Rose v Webb Simpson
  • 11:41: Jon Rahm v Tiger Woods
  • 11:53: Tommy Fleetwood v Tony Finau
  • 12:05: Ian Poulter v Dustin Johnson
  • 12:17: Thorbjorn Olesen v Jordan Spieth
  • 12:29: Sergio Garcia v Rickie Fowler
  • 12:41: Francesco Molinari v Phil Mickelson
  • 12:53: Tyrrell Hatton v Patrick Reed
  • 13:05: Henrik Stenson v Bubba Watson
  • 13:17: Alex Noren v Bryson DeChambeau

(Europe names first, all times BST)

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari, who can become the first European players to compile a perfect 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup, will take on Tony Finau and Phil Mickelson in matches five and nine respectively.

“I went with this set-up because of personalities and the way I see them,” Bjorn added. “And I went with this group of guys in this order because I think it covers all the way through the order.

“That American line-up was always going to be extremely strong and it doesn’t matter; we need to win our points tomorrow. They can come from any match.”