European Tour Analyst Ken Brown is in Perthshire, Scotland this week for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. Brown is also a 5-time European Ryder Cup Team Member. There is a lot at stake this week in the final event to earn European Ryder Cup points. Nicolas Colsaerts can move past Martin Kaymer in the standings with a win or a second place finish and if he does move past Kaymer, he thinks that the Captain’s Picks would be Poulter and then someone like Padraig Harrington or even Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
Sergio Garcia is an important addition to Olazabal’s team not only because of his prowess in foursomes and four-ball but also because of his enthusiasm in the team room and for the Ryder Cup in general. Garcia is playing very well right now and the enthusiasm that he has shown in the past and will show at Medinah is infectious and will definitely help the European team.
When asked about Gleneagles in relation to other Scottish venues, Brown said that the entire facility is fantastic with multiple courses. The course this week is in great shape and he expects it to play long because it has been softened by a great deal of rain recently.
Media members in Scotland have been asking players about the announcement of the first female members at Augusta National and everyone is pleased with the decision. Brown also added that it would be huge for the game of golf if the Augusta National invited junior members. While golf clubs in the United States and around the world have the right to invite who they wish for membership, it is certainly great news that Rice and Moore have been invited and that they have accepted.
Colin Montgomerie, who captained the European Ryder Cup team in 2010, has been campaigning for the 2014 captaincy but the odds of him getting the job is close to zero not because he is not qualified but because there are so many deserving candidates. Brown does not think that we will see someone like a Tony Jacklin or Bernard Gallacher lead multiple teams again.
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