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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.

Ciaran Bryne

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.

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