Posts Tagged 'Jacques Leglise Trophy'

Olé José…

Newspaper makers must just love José Morinho. Everytime he opens his mouth there is something to write about. And more often than not it is some fierce criticism in some sort of direction, usually towards one or more persons whose Christmas cards lists he will soon be off. The England manager, Fabio Capello had it in spades this time as Morinho analysed the English disaster in South Africa over the summer. The same did ex Liverpool manager Benitez and Wenger, the Arsenal manager, as José slagged off their teams’ chances this year and criticised them for seeing their teams decline over the last few years. I am sure there are people that would agree with what Morinho says. Very few however would say it in public. With all the media training people in any kind of public position have these days the José Morinhos of the world are few and far between. Perhaps after all he is that “Special One” that he once labelled himself?

When I read Morinho’s comments I smile to myself and wonder what golf would have been like with old José as the Ryder Cup Captain. Everything is at stake this week as team selection comes to conclusion on Sunday and Montgomerie has already said that his job is not a difficult one. It is impossible! Monty actually did show some signs of José early on. For example he said that anybody hoping to make the team should make sure that they play at Gleneagles this week. Most people then thought that Monty had missed his homework and not realised that the first Fed Ex event is up against the Gleneagles tournament. Hence none of the guys in contention for the Captain’s picks are playing in Scotland. Later in the summer Monty said that he was seriously considering picking Bernhard Langer who wins every tournament he plays in seniors golf. Now, that will be an interesting one to watch if he does!

The Morinho of golf would probably have had one or two things to say about the Ryder Cup as a whole as well. The fact that four players in the top 22 in the World on the European side are not automatically in the team is nothing but strange. Golf’s Morinho would have said that this match is not about Europe against the US. It is the European Tour against the US Tour. And those of us that are not Morinho, we can probably understand that. How otherwise do you raise the profile of the European Tour? The only sad thing is that understanding does not make the Cup any more exciting…

Speaking about team golf, there are interesting things going on this week. Teams from GB&I are playing the rest of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy (Men) and the Jacques Leglise Trophy (Boys) in Italy. At the moment it seems difficult to find a proper website for it but updates should appear on the R&A website.

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