The Euro is Rising
There is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April. Rory McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut in Abu Dhabi what he was most excited about this year.
The Ryder Cup topped his list.
Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.
The Euros dominated across the planet in January, and it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for European captain Thomas Bjorn to witness.
Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.
And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.
Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.
Caine Road, Mid Levels
Professional Golfers and Their Prize Money
Dear Sir, I have always wondered how long it takes for a professional golfer to receive his/her prize money, from the winner down to last place on the prize money list. And, at the end of the day, after paying agents, caddies, the taxman, etc., what typically is the proportion he/she gets to actually bank for themselves, particularly a winner of a major event.
I am sure many of your readers would be interested to know. G. Bailey, Hong Kong Golf Club Member Muk Wu Village, Takwuling, N.T.