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Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has admitted that although he did have brief doubts about the master plan chalked up by European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley but he feels now that the Irishman has broken the mould that all future Ryder Cup captains will be judged on.
McDowell was paired with rookie Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and the pair played so well in their foursomes victory over Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson that they were expected to take the course again for the four balls on Saturday morning.
But that didn’t happen and the Scotsman stuck with his plan to only play the unlikely pair in the alternate shots format so that the Northern Irishman would feel fresh for the first singles match. But although it seemed to backfire with Graeme McDowell falling three shots behind Jordan Spieth, he did recover from there as he has made a habit of it over the past few years to win the matchup.
McDowell stated that during the first six holes, he was having doubts because he had played so little that he felt undercooked, adding that he hadn’t hit many shots because of the way the foursomes were planned out.
And McDowell went on to add that Paul McGinley has been the best captain that he has played under during his time as a player on Team Europe in the Ryder Cup. He mentioned that for a guy like the Scotsman who would be sitting in front of twelve players whose careers would be a lot better than his, McGinley showed immense courage, drive and desire to motivate and inspire those players to send them out onto the course and get the job done.
Graeme McDowell also said that this only shows that one doesn’t need to be a great player to be a good leader.
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Dustin Johnson will not be in contention to try and fight for Ryder Cup since he stated that he will miss the tour to seek help from the professional to eliminate challenges at the personal level. Being no 16 in the world but fifth in place it seemed evident that his presence would lighten the Ryder Cup.
From the chiefs of golfs it was stated that he might have got a ban for 6 months. His past is chequered and he was also given an ultimatum in 2011 by Butch Harmon. The conversation seemed Jesus like conclusion according to Harmon. Harmon was blunt in his speech and it proved to be an eye opener for Johnson since polishing his talent is the most important thing which he needs.
Accordingly, Johnson love to travel and enjoy but work at the stipulated time is what is desired. In the last week of September, Johnson pointed out that he would not be able to take part and his position will be given to the person who appears 10th in the standing. Reed is filing in the position. Johnson wants to be equipped well with all the resources He is confident that he will strike back and wants his fans to have faith in him.
His absence has filled lot of rumours and speculations. McGinley points out that there are many things which are untrue. It is clarity that is asked for. It is time to bury the past and start afresh. His fellow companions are surely missing him which is going to take a while before he comes back again and start his journey professionally. Two weeks before he finished 12th in the US Open and later on he opted out from other tournament.
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Dustin Johnson is nowhere to be found on the turf while his fellow companions are vying for a successful tour. Whether it is the decision of the tour or his personal decision is yet to be seen. He might possibly be banned for the use of drug.
He, however, stated that he was taking break which is another way of saying that he is going for rehab. He is seen spending time with the family of Gretzky where for the member’s guest in the ladies club for Paulina he is caddying. Almost every day he is playing golf. It is then that the rumours of drug are spreading uselessly.
He is unusually catering to his physical, mental and emotional well-being. His privacy is respected since the PGA is not giving much of the information. It appears that he is not fully involved with golf since it is Paulina for whom he is caddying for. It is unsure whether her father would approve of that or not. It has become more of a priority for him. It also seems that he is giving more time to his social life and he does not wish to comment on it any further.
Extracurricular activities is what is in his mind and he sets time for play mixed with work or more so to impress Paulina’s caddy. He should not have forgotten that his priorities are different being a professional golfer but it is relaxation time that he is wanting and waiting for. Balancing the act and weighing the scales on an equal platform is what is mandatory.
His leave of absence from the office might not set him on a disadvantageous position which he might later regret it over the course of the time. May be he is going with the flow.