MOST of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup squad will be reunited this week when they battle each other for the inaugural BMW Masters title in the US$7 million event at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China.
Triumphant Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal will contest the event along with team members Nicolas Colsaerts, Luke Donald, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood.
The only one missing from the European Tour sanctioned tournament is Spain’s Sergio Garcia.
Englishman Poulter, perhaps the man most responsible for Europe’s dramatic come from behind win, admitted this week he was still pinching himself at what unfolded.
“It was very special,” he said “I think everybody as a team bonded very well. That Sunday will go down in history.”
“Everybody is so proud of what’s happened to European golf and for each and every member of the team. So to get us all back together again, all but one, it’s great. It’s great to see everybody again and to get back into some normality.
“I’m looking forward to this event very much. I always play well in Asia at the back end of the year. I generally take a few weeks off before it and I haven’t won yet this year, so hopefully I can do so over the next few weeks and I’d love to knock this one of off.”
Poulter will also be returning to Australia in November to defend his Australian Masters title at the Kingston Heath Golf Club.
The only Aussie in the field this week is Richard Green. Other notables include South Africans Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel, and local favourite Liang Wenchong.
The BMW Masters will be telecast in Australia live on Fox Sports 3 from Thursday 3.30pm – 7.30 pm. (The US PGA Tour sanctioned CIMB Classic from Malaysia will be on Fox Sports 2 from 3pm to 7pm).
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