Luke Donald’s total European aspect went to Marco Simone Golf Membership on Monday for a pre-Ryder Cup staff apply session, forward of all 12 competing within the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth; Watch each occasions dwell this month on Sky Sports activities Golf
By Ali Stafford at Wentworth
Final Up to date: 13/09/23 4:44pm
Rory McIlroy claims he has moved to the entrance of the Ludvig Åberg “bandwagon” after being crushed by the rising star in Crew Europe’s journey to Rome forward of the Ryder Cup.
Åberg was named as considered one of six captain’s picks by Luke Donald for the biennial contest, dwell from September 29-October 1 on Sky Sports activities, with the Swede profitable the Omega European Masters in simply his ninth begin as knowledgeable.
Europe’s total Ryder Cup aspect joined Donald and his vice-captains for a staff journey to Marco Simone Golf Membership on Monday, forward of all 12 gamers touring to the UK to play within the DP World Tour’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Åberg revealed in his pre-tournament press convention that he teamed up with Viktor Hovland on to say a 3&2 victory in best-ball over Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy, who led the reward for the Swede’s potential influence within the European staff.
“In all probability exceeded them [expectations],” McIlroy admitted about Aberg. “Everybody talks about what an excellent driver of the golf ball, which he’s. The ball-striking is unimaginable. I used to be actually impressed along with his wedge play and the way he can form of management his trajectory with shorter golf equipment. I used to be on the bandwagon earlier than, however actually on the entrance of it now.”
Åberg, who will play alongside Hovland and McIlroy for the primary two rounds of his BMW PGA Championship debut, was delighted to have the chance to play with the Northern Irishman for the primary time.
“His [McIlroy’s] resumé speaks for itself and what he is accomplished and did for the sport is sort of unimaginable,” Åberg stated. “To observe that first-hand was fairly cool. I am positive he’ll do effectively [in the Ryder Cup].
Who else performed collectively?
Shane Lowry went out in a fourball with Justin Rose, Robert MacIntyre and Sepp Straka on Monday, with Lowry and Straka since paired collectively once more in the course of the first two days at Wentworth.
Jon Rahm loved a apply spherical alongside Tyrrell Hatton, having performed collectively within the Friday fourballs in the course of the 2021 contest, with Matt Fitzpatrick and Nicolai Hojgaard finishing that group.
Rahm will exit with Hojgaard and Hatton once more for the primary two rounds of the BMW PGA Championship, whereas Fitzpatrick has been put in an all-British group with Rose and MacIntyre.
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How robust is Marco Simone GC?
Course circumstances in Rome had been mentioned closely forward of the BMW PGA Championship, with McIlroy amongst these impressed with the format however cautious of the challenges Marco Simone GC may provide gamers.
“By way of simply the situation of the course, I do not know if I’ve ever seen higher fairways,” McIlroy stated. “I feel fairways are so pure to hit off and the greens are in nice form, and every part. It has been a sizzling summer season over there and the course is in implausible form.”
McIlroy additionally highlighted the significance of accuracy off the tee, telling reporters: “You miss fairways then you are going to wrestle to get to the greens. I feel there’s some holes, there is a couple brief par-fours the place in the event you’re hitting driver off the tee and also you miss fairways, try to be punished.
“There is a couple longer holes that possibly the tough isn’t fairly as extreme and you’ll at the very least get like a seven or eight-iron on it and advance it fairly a bit down the green.”
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Rahm echoed McIlroy’s feedback, including: “It is penal. It is tough. It’s important to put the ball within the fairway. It is not the longest golf course, proper, so it’ll make you assume a bit of bit in the event that they preserve it that approach.”
An ideal match play venue?
Viktor Hovland is among the many European gamers to have beforehand performed the Ryder Cup venue throughout an DS Vehicles Italian Open, though he admitted he’s relishing the prospect to sort out the format in match-play format.
“I nonetheless do not assume it is an incredible stroke-play occasion, or golf course, however for match-play, I feel it’ll be tremendous thrilling as a result of there is a good mixture of the holes which can be simple that you could make birdies and you may make eagles.
“There’s additionally some extraordinarily tough holes the place in the event you make a par, you might win the outlet. So, I feel that makes for a very good Ryder Cup, since you’re not going to see too many halved holes.
“I really feel like there’s going to be plenty of motion and I feel that makes for an thrilling Ryder Cup,. The photographs required, as effectively, they’re very demanding. It’s important to drive it effectively off the tee or else it’ll be very, very tough.
“A number of the pin placements, too, they permit for iron photographs to get actually, actually shut in the event you hit a great shot, and in the event you miss it, you are going to have a really tough up-and-down. I simply assume there’s lots that may occur and nothing is over till it is over.”
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