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  • The US Ryder Cup star you can root for

    Golf is hardly the most tribal of sports but patriotism does get into full swing when the Ryder Cup comes along.

    This weekend we are not British, Irish, Spanish or Belgian but instead European as we look to cheer Jose Maria Olazabal's men on to victory.

    However, often times the great pleasure in the Ryder Cup is not such much in seeing Europe win, but rather seeing America lose, and in the past their players have given us plenty of reasons not to like them.

    That cannot be said about Brandt Snedeker though.  The American won (financially) the biggest prize in golf last weekend when he won the

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  • Who’s in form for the Ryder Cup?

    Europe's Lee Westwood finished dead last in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf ClubWith all of the American Ryder Cup team and most of the European line-up in attendance at the Tour Championship, we take a look at how the challengers fared at East Lake ahead of the biennial matchplay tournament.

    You should also check out the five things we learned from the Tour Championship and further analysis from the tournament with an eye on the Ryder Cup here.

    Riding high

    Brandt Snedeker, of course, is carrying huge momentum from his near-flawless victory into the Ryder Cup.

    His Sunday playing partner, Justin Rose, can also claim some juice from a finish that was very close to Snedeker

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  • Five things we learned from the Tour Championship

    Brandt Snedeker's putter the difference at East Lake — It doesn't matter how hot driver faces get from here on out, leading the field in putting for the week will always give you the best chance to take home the big cheque on Sunday afternoon. Case in point: Brandt Snedker, who was the hottest putter in the game coming into the Tour Championship. He once again proved that having the best flatstick at East Lake is the way to go if you have aspirations of winning the final event of the FedExCup. Snedeker led the field in strokes gained putting (1.676) for the week and finished inside the top-3

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  • The madcap magic of Medinah

    Medinah CCMedinah Country Club, set out in a vast, sprawling piece of land in a Chicago suburb, is one of the strangest yet most fantastic venues in the world of golf. The men who created this unique club were inspired in equal measure by the mystical and the magnificent, and that seems to have rubbed off on the golf championships which have taken place here.

    We look at the top five things that have made Medinah so magical over the years.

    What's in a name?

    Almost every golf club in the world is named after one of three things: the course location, some striking feature of the local environment or -

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  • Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods unbeatable – at ping pong

    If the Ryder Cup was decided on a ping pong table and not a golf course, Matt Kuchar would be the US ace and the Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods doubles partnership would be pretty much unbeatable.

    The Americans have turned to another sort of little white ball this week to help promote team bonding before they begin the task of wresting the famous trophy back from the Europeans at the stately Medinah Country Club.

    "We've got unbelievably fast thoroughbreds here and if you don't ever let them out in the pasture to kick their heels up and eat some grass and keep them in the stall and make them run

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  • UK golfers back Colsaerts over Harrington for Ryder Cup

    Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal's selection of Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts over stalwart Padraig Harrington for the September event at Medinah has been given the thumbs-up by golfers in the UK.

    Harrington has appeared in six editions of the biennial contest against the United States, whereas Colsaerts will become the first Belgian to feature in it in Illinois.

    A survey by HowDidiDo, Europe's largest golfing community, showed that only a quarter of golfers disagreed that the in-form Colsaerts was more deserving of a spot than three-times Major winner Harrington.

    More than 2,300

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  • Who made the FedExCup grade?

    The FedExCup is here, with only 30 players remaining after the BMW Championship. Here's a look at who booked a ticket to Atlanta.

    At the top: Rory McIlroy has a stranglehold on the FedExCup following his second straight playoff win. With 3,232 points separating him from Tiger Woods, it's going to take an off week from McIlroy and a big week from someone else to usurp the 23-year-old.  Tiger Woods moved from third to second with a T-4. Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker round out the top 5 going into the final event.

    On the way up: Even though Lee Westwood came up a couple shots

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  • The pearls of Mallorca


    Mallorca is no stranger to tourists with over 6 million visitors from around the world visiting the Balearic Island every year attracted by over 300 days of sunshine a year.

    It is an all-year destination and an island with a diverse choice of over 20 golf courses including two that are ranked not only in the top 20 in Spain but regularly in the top 100 in Europe.

    Son Gual and Alcanada are the cream of the island's golf offers and a joy to play.

    Indeed one of your first sights of Mallorca is likely to be Son Gual, as the final flight path on the approach to Palma International airport passes

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  • Five things we learned from the BMW Championship

    Rory McIlroy is playing on an entirely different level — With all due respect to the other 29 players in the FedExCup, there's really only one guy who deserves the $10 million and that's Rory McIlroy. Now, that doesn't mean we're going to see him on Sunday at the Tour Championship hoisting a shiny trophy over his head, but through three events, there's no question he's been the best golfer in the play-offs by a landslide. If you're trying to pinpoint the reason why he's playing on a different level than his peers, look no further than his putts per round average. He averaged just under 26

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  • The wins just keeping coming for Rory McIlroy.

    One week after the 23-year-old held on to win the Deutsche Bank Championship for his third win of the season, he backed it up with another stellar performance to pick up his second straight win and third in his last four events at the BMW Championship with a 5-under 67 to win by two shots.

    No doubt about it, McIlroy's in a zone that only a select few golfers have found in their career - and the scary thing is this appears to just be the start of a magical run for the best player in golf.

    How good is McIlroy playing at the moment? He's a collective

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