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FROM OUR REPORTERS AT THE K CLUB, IRELAND

K Club eyes Clarke conclusion

  • Matt Slater - BBC Sport golf writer
  • 24 Sep 06, 03:12 PM

matt_slater55x55.jpgK CLUB - Oh Woosie, you old romantic, you!

Sharon Ni Bheolain, the single saving grace of the opening ceremony, said you were "a Celt..from across the Irish sea!" and she was clearly on to something. Talk about giving the paying public they want.

In putting Darren Clarke seventh in your singles line-up you sent out a message to your top six - get our boy into position for the story and photo that will define this weekend.

As things stand, Colin Montgomerie and Paul Casey have done their bit, and Luke Donald and Paul McGinley are scrapping away to tee Clarke up for yet another Irish victory jig at a Ryder Cup.

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  • 1.
  • At 03:30 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Mark A wrote:

My only worry about such a conclusion is, with the wet weather there has been at the K Club, could the course survive a tear-provoking Darren Clarke putt for the Cup?

  • 2.
  • At 03:46 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Mark A wrote:

Alas, Clarkey's fairytale didn't come true, but as he said this morning, he didn't care who holed the winning putt, as long as it was a European.

Fantastic performance from the entire European team. Congratulations to them all for playing their part.

Particularly Woosie. After all the stick he has suffered, I couldn't be more pleased for him.

  • 3.
  • At 03:48 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Michael Peel wrote:

Fantastic victory - well done to all the European team but especially to Ian Woosnam and Darren Clarke for fantastic performances.
Also, it seems to have been played in the real spirit of the Ryder Cup - friendly and sporting rivalry at its best, which is so refeshing. If only other sports ...

  • 4.
  • At 03:49 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Jonathan Ayre wrote:

Well done europe but especially to Darren Clarke how brave how well played

  • 5.
  • At 04:00 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Martin Johnston wrote:

The fairy tale didn't quite happen but what a story - winning all 5 sessions and giving the USA a spanking for the second cup in succession - not to mention now doing 3 in a row. The best team won - the US did not have the same depth that they had - with some of theri big names - notably Mickelson - not performing.

I said before the tournament that experience would count - the USA had too many Ryder rookies.

  • 6.
  • At 05:08 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Campbell Stewart wrote:

After this superb victory, perhaps it's time we suggested to the Americans that they open their team up to the top players from the rest of the world, as they obviously can't compete with what they have at present... of course I could be joking... heh heh heh...

  • 7.
  • At 08:32 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Mike wrote:

I do not wish to take anything away from a fantastic European performance - it is always great to see the Americans humbled but I would remind those who are suggesting the Americans take on board players from the rest of the world that the Ryder Cup always used to be contested between America and GB and Ireland and was opened up to the rest of Europe when the Americans were virtually untouchable.

  • 8.
  • At 08:56 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • Mrs E Wilton wrote:

Why are people posting such good reviews to the BBC when the nation has had too watch the Ryder Cup on sky we pay too much money for repeats and the BBC give us highlights well thank you very much BBC for not outbidding Sky maybe next year you will put the television rate really high so we can watch the ryder cup and repeats!!!!

  • 9.
  • At 09:27 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • will wrote:

God yes! Sky are very good at football but their golf coverage is awful,Critchley and Murray???? masters of the obvious and they are so nearly always WRONG.. also due to the endless adverts there were times when we had no idea what was going on i.e when Nick Faldo was congratulating Luke Donald on going dormie 2 at the 16th when , in fact , Cambell was on for two, 2 putting for a win! The interviews were intrusive and the ones to the Americans after we had won were just embarassing ( " well Tom how do you explain such a massive defeat") fortunatly Toms and Lehman, although nonplussed , were couteous enough to give answer. The experts were actually very good but if Sky are going to get the cup again please please get rid of Ewan Sycophant and "Colonel" Cringely
Rant over

  • 10.
  • At 10:16 PM on 24 Sep 2006,
  • rebecca shaw wrote:

I'd never really been into golf before,partly because I didnt fully understand the game,but can I say thank you to the fantastic team at the ryder cup I now love watching it and am starting to understand the fascinating sport.Darren Clarke is a true inspiration to many,what an emotional moment to see all the support there for him and at the end when the team embraced him!!

  • 11.
  • At 08:04 AM on 25 Sep 2006,
  • tom innes wrote:

it's not that important, but i wish people would just try to agree on whose putt won the cup. it all depends whether one can officially count a half-point 'in the bag' from a game where you are up 'dormy' as, for example, clarke was when howell and donald won their matches. but i was glad it wasn't clarke, not because he didn't deserve it, but just to show that sport isn't scripted. and looking at clarke and team-mates afterwards, it didn't seem to spoil their evening too much, did it?

  • 12.
  • At 12:16 PM on 25 Sep 2006,
  • Hugh wrote:

Congratulations to You Woosan and Team Europe,you wupped us and sent us home like a dog with his tail between his legs,I enjoyed watching the matches,Hugh in Oklahoma

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