Ryder Cup 2012: Paul Lawrie"s little earner

Tee Room: Lawrie's little earner provides Ryder warm-up

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21:22 GMT, 25 September 2012

Earner: Lawrie warmed up in his native Scotland

Earner: Lawrie warmed up in his native Scotland

No high-profile, lucrative warm-up event for Paul Lawrie before the Ryder Cup. Instead the Scot, 43, prepared by playing at home in the Tartan Tour in the Invitational event that bears his name at Deeside Golf Club. In a field that included his son and caddy he finished tied third, earning 2,166.

Cheerleader Jordan

Michael
Jordan, golf groupie and American sports royalty, is a towering
presence here this week as a galvaniser for the home team and is
especially close to Tiger Woods. ‘I consider him like my big brother
because I’ve got to know him so well,’ said Woods. ‘For him to be a part
of this is priceless for some of the other guys.’

One stat matters

We
are in America, home of Moneyball, where the stat is king – so much so
that you can find out how many granules of sugar per day a baseball
player sprinkles on his cornflakes. Yet one stat towers above all others
in this Ryder Cup. All eight Americans with previous experience have
losing records in the event.

Will it be 'fore'-somes

If
Justin Rose is asked to take the knee trembling first shot off the tee
in Friday’s opening Foursomes he hopes there will be no repetition of
what happened as a 17-year-old at the Walker Cup. ‘I hit it out of
bounds,’ said Rose. ‘My partner (Michael Brooks) was adamant he did not
want to hit it, but he had to step up and hit the provisional anyway.’

Painful memories: Rose (left) recalled a wayward tee-shot in the Walker Cup

Painful memories: Rose (left) recalled a wayward tee-shot in the Walker Cup

Happy news for Hanson

Peter Hanson gave a happy update on his one-year-old son Tim, who was taken into hospital with an unknown virus the weekend before last while his father competed in the KLM Open in Holland. Tim was discharged on the Monday. ‘He’s lost a bit of weight but is getting stronger and back to where he was before,’ said the Swede. Remarkably Hanson ignored the distraction and won the tournament by two strokes.

Europe's American dream

Gone are the days when the European team would all fly across the Atlantic together. In fact, with the migration of Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, there are now more members of this team – six – that live in Florida than the five based in Europe, with Chicago resident Luke Donald, making it a 7-5 split in favour of living the (very lucrative) American dream.