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Coltart's case for Scotland
Ian Broadley, The Herald, 8 November 2000
Coltart is adamant that the 2009 Ryder Cup must return to
Scotland because its rightful claims have been ignored for 27 years.
Preparing for the American Express Championship, the Scot
insisted: "That is too long to wait for the Ryder Cup to return to our country.
Scotland needs it to attract tourists. Wherever I go there are few signs
telling people to play golf at the birthplace of the game, but when I travel to
Ireland, for instance, the opposite is true and they have the 2005 Ryder Cup at
The K Club.
"Yet we have courses which are among the best in the world
and the friendliest people. We should be beating our own drum much louder. For
me, playing on a winning Ryder Cup team in my native land would be
While Sandy Jones, chief executive of the Professional
Golfers Association, was insistent that no decision has yet been reached about
the 2009 event, Herald Sport understands Scotland is in line to secure one of
the most prestigious events in sport.
This is due to the initiative of the Scottish Executive and
the Bank of Scotland in jointly launching a £30m bid to defeat attempts
by England and Wales to stage the biannual contest.
"We are still considering bids from Scotland, England and
Wales," Jones said last night. "The successful country will be announced early
in February and after that the host course be considered.
"Should it be Scotland, there are six possibilities.
Carnoustie, Loch Lomond, Turnberry, Gleneagles, and two around St
Ryder Cup claim is premature
The Courier, 8 November 2000
A report that Gleneagles has been given a nudge and a wink
to suggest it will be awarded the 2009 Ryder Cup appears to be a fairways
width off the mark, as the Perthshire golfing resort does not even yet have a
bid on the table to be considered.
As of now, Gleneagles is one of a number of Scottish
courses which has been included in a Scotland-wide effort to bring the biennial
America versus Europe competition to this country.
European golfs governing body, the PGA, will announce
in January which nation will host the 2009 matches but it will not be until
September that individual bids will be judged.
Gleneagles therefore confirmed yesterday that to suggest
that they have already been earmarked as the successful venue - claim made by a
Glasgow newspaper - would be very very premature to say the Least."
A spokesperson pointed out, We were involved with
Scotlands bid at the end of last month and we wont hear anything
about that until January, then September will be the time for individual bids
should Scotland be chosen as the host country.
Gleneagles certainly isnt involved at the
moment and effectively, there is no bid.
Come January we would be delighted if Scotland is
chosen and we can submit our bid and we will put ours in alongside the other
venues in this country.
But we definitely have not been chosen yet and to say
that is very, very premature to say the least."
Woods backs Scotland bid to host Ryder Cup
Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 8 November 2000
Tiger Woods, the world's leading golfer, has given his
backing to Scotland's bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2009.
Speaking to The Scotsman as he strolled to the practice
range at the American Express Championship in Valderrama, Woods talked of his
fondness for the country which gave the game of golf to the world.
"I would love to play in a Ryder Cup in Scotland
that would be a fantastic thing to do," he said. "Most of all I would really
like to take part in a Ryder Cup on a links course. Links golf is one of the
aspects of the game I enjoy most. I know that they used to play the Ryder Cup
on links courses all the time. It would be terrific if that could happen
While the Scottish Executive's bid to edge out opposition
from Wales and England involves support from inland venues at Gleneagles and
Loch Lomond, officials at Turnberry, St Andrews and Carnoustie will be pleased
to learn Woods is keen to compete in golf's most prestigious event on one of
Scotland's great seaside links.
In the bidding process for 2009 no decision on a
country, never mind a course, will be reached before the new year only
Scotland offers the possibility of playing on a links. Although not mentioned
in the official bid document, Muirfield has also expressed an interest in
holding the match again.
If Woods has a preference for any venue, it would probably
be for the Old Course. The scene of his first Open championship victory in July
and career Grand Slam holds a special place in Tiger's affections. In fact, he
wishes he could go back to St Andrews next summer to defend his title.
"Winning at St Andrews was one of the highlights of my year
and I particularly enjoy all the history and tradition of the Old Course. I
think it would be really great if the Open was held at the Old Course every
Tiger pitches in
Editorial, The Scotsman, 8 November 2000
You can already place a bet on Tiger Woods becoming
president of the United States in 2016, a sign of the place he has won himself
in his countrys national psyche. His popularity is hardly surprising -
Woods, after all, is arguably the greatest exponent of golf we have ever seen
and one of the finest sportsman in the world.
Now, to match his prowess as a player, the American has
demonstrated his empathy for the traditions of the game. Golf was conceived and
nurtured in Scotland, then gifted to the world, and it is proper that this
country should be the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2009. Woods, by all accounts a
clear-thinking individual, endorses our view. He judges quite simply that
Scotland would be a "fantastic" venue, and so it is.
Challenged by venues in England and Wales, a number of
Scottish courses are bidding to host the cup, and though many feel this country
is the sports natural home, the result is not a foregone conclusion. But
with the £24 million backing announced by the Scottish executive last
month and now the endorsement of the greatest player in the world, we have
cause to hope for the best.
and expanding on the political theme
Extract, Mike Aitken, The Scotsman, 8 November
.....Since he is already surrounded by more security than a
head of state, perhaps it was not so surprising that one leading British
bookmaker offered odds of 1,000-1 against Tiger Woods becoming president of the
United States by 2016.
As the American people cast their votes for a new leader
yesterday, Woods made light of the suggestion, but did not exactly rule out the
possibility of one day becoming the first scratch golfer to run the free
If charisma came into the equation, you fancy Woods would
have beaten George W Bush or Al Gore in a landslide. John F Kennedy was the
best golfer to sit in the White House - he had a single-figure handicap - but
did not like people to know he played the game. In the Sixties, golf was seen
as a pastime for a wealthy elite. JFK preferred to distance himself from that
Tiger, of course, changed the way people perceive golf. If
the sport has become in any way cool, it was because a young, handsome black
man demonstrated he could play the game better than any golfer ever.
Tiger revealed he had voted in the election before leaving
his home in Orlando, Florida, but would not say who for.
Most American professional golfers, incidentally, are
Republicans and veer to the right of Attila the Hun on many issues.
Woods lips were sealed. "NC," he said, "no
Asked if he might be a candidate himself at some point in
the future, Woods was both charming and circumspect.........
Europes leading players call for Tour audit
Extract, Mark Garrod, The Scotsman, 8 Nov 2000
The European Tour is being petitioned by some of its biggest
players - Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood included
- to submit its multi-million-pound finances to outside auditors.
After an initial letter from Faldo, Ballesteros, Bernhard
Langer and Jose Maria Olazabal to the tours executive director, Ken
Schofield, the signatures of around 60 other players were sought at last
weeks Volvo Masters. And, almost to a man, they agreed to sign.
Olazabal said yesterday: "I think its a very simple
issue. We just want to know where the money is going."
Mitchell Platts, director of communications and public
relations for the tour, confirmed the letter from Faldo, Ballesteros, Langer
and Olazabal had arrived, but not the petition.
On the letter he said: "We responded positively to this
request by seeking not only the identity of the independent auditor, but also a
suitable date for a meeting."
Clarke, who could be crowned Europes No1 on Sunday,
said yesterday the names of the other players on the letter persuaded him to
"They have been around for a lot longer than I have and I
thought it the right thing to do," he said. "I am not aware of anything wrong,
but I think the guys just want the books audited to see what the result is.
People are not saying that money is going missing or anything."
As a member of the tours tournament committee,
Scotlands Colin Montgomerie did not sign the letter. His manager, Guy
Kinnings, was reported as saying: "Colin feels that if he has any issues to
raise, he does it through the committee."
The Ryder Cup has become such a huge financial success
through television contracts, sponsorship and ticket sales that the
distribution of cup profits is likely to be one area where the players want
questions to be answered. Another concerns the investment in tour-owned courses
and the the staffing structure at the tours Wentworth
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