With Abu Dhabi the center of the golf universe this week, a lot of fans will be tuned in to see if the European Tour can build on the success it enjoyed last year.
With five of the top 10 players in the world rankings from Europe, there’s a feeling this crop of talent could challenge the rise of that continent’s Big Five in the ‘80s.
“It looks like it could be similar to that,” two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer said. “What we had going with the top five in Europe was pretty special, pretty amazing, but they could have a bunch of guys now who could pull off some similar feats in terms of majors and Ryder Cup dominance and just winning big tournaments all over.”
Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam were all born within 12 months of each other and combined to win 16 major championships.
Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter lead Europe’s stars at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. While that’s proving a formidable European cast, the group’s got a ways to go to equal the Big Five’s achievements. This European contingent’s combined to win five majors, three by Harrington.