The changing landscape of European Golf

Last night I was on the phone for about an hour with a journalist from the Wall Street Journal. He wasn’t interested in my forecast on the European financial crisis but he is doing a piece on the changing landscape of the World of Golf and how different countries work to support their young and promising players. Obviously much of this has come from the observation that non Americans now hold all the top places of the World Rankings.

One of the things I told him was how different it now is to go to a European Championships compared to when I first went in the mid 90’s. Back then European golf was dominated by the British Isles with countries like Sweden and Spain challenging. Now, any country that hope to get into the top flight to compete for the medals will need to bring their A-game and accept strong opposition from just about any country in the field. As the European Men’s Championship gets underway in Algarve this is more obvious than ever. And the same applies to the Boys’ Championship in Prague. Today is D-day in terms of qualifying and the top 8 will spend the rest of the week competing for the top spot. The others will find themselves in an equally challenging competition to avoid relegation. Follow the action through the links on http://www.englishgolfunion.org/.

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