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Jay Townsend - September 19, 2011

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Jay Townsend is in Ireland for the Solheim Cup after covering the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris, France. Justin Rose has really dedicated himself to being a PGA TOUR player after having early success on the European Tour and Jay gives him a lot of credit as he has not only become a multiple winner on the PGA TOUR but also the first European winner of a PGA TOUR Playoff event. Rose has been overlooked at times in comparison to other players from England and was overlooked for the Ryder Cup in 2010 in part because he was not a gung-ho European Tour player. Rose is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and he has been able to take his game to the next level because of his dedication to improving his swing, his putting, and his ball-striking ability.

There is a still a movement to make Seve’s silhouette the new European Tour logo and Jay thinks it will happen eventually but does not know when it will happen. So many people have so much respect for Seve.

On the Lexi Thompson issue, he understands that no one will ever make Michael Whan do anything but he does not understand why the LPGA Tour did not welcome Lexi with open arms in reaction to a truly historic moment.

He thinks that Matteo Manassero will grow at a slow pace as Matteo and the people around him are very happy with the current pace of growth and do not want to do anything to hurt his growth. Jay thinks Manassero is the real deal and thinks that he has an intangible like Seve had. Like Seve, Matteo is not the best player but he seems to have an understanding of what it means to win and that is a rare thing.