2006 Ryder Cup Dates Announced

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KILDARE, Ireland -- The 36th Ryder Cup Matches will be played September 22-24, 2006 at The K Club.
 
The K Club will be the first club in Ireland to host the event. Generally played in England when the Europeans host, the Ryder Cup has also been contested in Scotland and Spain.
 
In September 2002, Europe rallied with 7 1/2 points during the 12 Sunday singles matches to reclaim the Cup, 15 1/2 - 12 1/2, at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England.
 
It was the first time since 1997 that the Europeans were victorious. However, the boys from across the pond have won three of the last four meetings.
 
The event was not held in 2001 due to the tragedies of September 11th. Since then, the PGA of America shifted The Ryder Cup to even-numbered years.
 
For the Americans in 2006, possible captains might include Paul Azinger, Mark O'Meara or Jay Haas.
 
Azinger, who has holed some memorable shots in his Ryder Cup history, has played in four of the last five playings of the event. He owns a 5-7-3 overall record in his matches. O'Meara is 4-9-1 in his five Ryder Cup appearances, while Haas is 3-4-1 to two showings.
 
The European squad will have plenty of muscle to look at for their captain. Names that will be thrown around as possible candidates include Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam.
 
Faldo played in 11 straight Ryder Cups from 1977 to 1997, while Montgomerie has played in the last six Ryder Cups. Lyle played in five straight and Woosnam appeared in eight consecutive Cups from 1983 to 1997.