There’s noth­ing like a Ry­der Cup

Today's Golfer (UK) - - CONTENTS - Chris Jones, Edi­tor

Ihad the plea­sure of play­ing Le Golf Na­tional last year, as a guest of the of­fi­cial out­er­wear sup­plier to Europe’s Ry­der Cup team, Galvin Green. The high­light of my round? Rip­ping one right down the mid­dle of the un­be­liev­ably daunt­ing 18th, and then pur­ing a hy­brid 195 to the back edge of the vir­tual is­land green. The low­light

(apart from los­ing 11 balls)? Walk­ing off that 18th with a six af­ter four-putting…

What re­ally stood out for me, though, was what a spec­tac­u­lar Ry­der Cup course this will make. I re­ally can’t think of many venues that are more suited to match play.

It has it all. Risk and re­ward is ev­ery­where. So is wa­ter. The rough is bru­tal if you hit it as far off­line as me, but there’s plenty of room off tee so the world’s best can open their shoul­ders.

It was de­signed specif­i­cally for the big­gest events, so there are spec­tac­tor viewpoints along­side ev­ery fair­way and green. The 18th has been cre­ated in an am­phithe­atre – I just hope lots of matches get this far, be­cause it will be a stun­ning fin­ish.

As Europe’s cap­tain Thomas Bjorn told us for our big Ry­der Cup pre­view: “This could be one of the great­est spec­ta­cles we’ve ever seen.”

With the teams shap­ing up as they are, and the course guar­an­teed to de­liver drama from the very first tee shot (you guessed it, wa­ter down the left and in front of the green), I think

Paris – as you’d ex­pect – is go­ing to put on a hell of a show.

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