Euros pushing each other past Americans


NAPLES, Fla. – The Europeans may be relishing beating the Americans in so many big events this year, but they’re doing it through the relish they take beating each other.

There’s a reason seven of the top 11 players in the world rankings are Europeans and that European Tour members won three of the four major championships this year.

“It’s very motivating to see friends partners, teammates, whatever you want to call guys, playing good golf,” England’s Ian Poulter, the No. 10 player in the world rankings, said Wednesday at the Shark Shootout. “It does inspire you to go out there and practice harder and work harder when you see mates playing well . . . You’re obviously pleased for them, but it does still burn inside.”