RYDER CUP CAPTAINS UNITED IN ROYAL TROPHY SUPPORT


A fabled quartet of European Ryder Cup captains have called on professional golf’s powerbrokers to unite behind the Royal Trophy.

As members of the Royal Trophy European Players’ Committee, England’s Sir Nick Faldo, Welshman Ian Woosnam O.B.E., Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal and Irishman Paul McGinley are entrusted with ensuring the well-being of the event that was created by the late Seve Ballesteros.

Having just completed its seventh edition, the Royal Trophy continues to establish itself as an important date in the world golf calendar.

Since the Royal Trophy’s inauguration in 2006 all four men have graced the event with their presence and are clearly committed to ensuring the long-term health and prosperity of the annual team match play contest that has captured the imagination of golf fans across the two continents.

In a joint message published in the official programme for the inaugural hosting of the matches in China, the quartet said: “The Royal Trophy is an important legacy of the late Seve Ballesteros; a tremendously gifted player, a most loyal team-mate, an unrelenting competitor, an inspirational leader and one of the greatest contributors to the development of European golf.

“We were asked by Seve prior to his passing to be stewards of this magnificent competition and to guide the championship into his vision of establishment as one of the world’s most significant sporting events.

“We take this duty with great commitment and earnestly request the full, complete and sincere support from the entire golf family and community, especially the leadership of the professional game.”

Commenting on the magnitude of the occasion, Faldo, a six-time Major winner said: “The first hosting of the Royal Trophy in China is a historic event.”

Woosnam, winner of the US Masters in 1991 and a former world number one, added: “The Royal Trophy is a competition which features a very special meaning and carries a truly significant purpose. The coming together of the Royal Trophy and the People’s Republic of China as host nation for two editions of the matches is a very important development for our sport.”

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