BBC shows its apathy for the game as a women's golf let down by 5 Live snub to Solheim Cup
- The Solheim Cup is without a doubt one of the biggest events in women's sport
- BBC claims to be & # 39; biggest destination for all women's sports promotions this summer & # 39;
- But there will be no live coverage on Radio 5 Live of the action from Gleneagles
More than 80,000 tickets were sold feverishly this week anticipated the Solheim Cup in Gleneagles, making it an important sporting opportunity according to all standards, but a particularly encouraging approval for the virtues of women's sport.
Or maybe it's just me. Because I looked at the schedule that Radio 5 Live had put on the website of BBC for their sports program from Friday to Sunday and couldn't find a mention anywhere.
Of course, a half-hour preview program is scheduled for Thursday evening, and fair play for them before that, but when does the event actually start? Zip.
Do you know 5 Live, the station that made such a song and dance that they were going to broadcast more live women's sports this summer than ever before?
Change the game, they called it. No live coverage of the Solheim, one of the biggest women's events of all.
By the way, this is not a rights issue and it is hard to imagine that the organizers would not have bended if necessary, to receive the broadcaster. Also see what they are missing.
A Europe team led by a perfect role model in Scot Catriona Matthew and with three childhood friends from England at Georgia Hall, Charley Hull and Bronte Law, who are one of the most approachable characters in the sport.
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& # 39; It was a long time ago, wasn't it? I get emotional after every win, but this year was so fantastic. This is an incredibly prestigious trophy with a lot of history, so I am over the moon. & # 39;
Paul Casey is such a fantastic ball attacker that it is not surprising that some think he is underperforming. But after his first win in Europe in five years on Sunday at the European Open in Hamburg, let's give him some overdue credit.
At the age of 42, he has kept hunger to improve to such an extent that he now won titles on both sides of the Atlantic for the same year in his career for the same year.
How does an event where feistiness is almost guaranteed not fit with the commendable assignment that 5 Live set itself to do justice to women's sport with more live coverage?
The last time the Solheim was held in Europe, the interest after an incident with the Norwegian Suzann Pettersen was so great that it became the most read item on the entire MailOnline website that day. the sports area.
Do Live 5 Really Say Nobody Worries About What Happens When She Returns to the Team This Week?
What the BBC press service said is that there are updates from the Solheim during news bulletins and sports programs from golf correspondent Iain Carter, plus television highlights every night.
Of course, what this really comes down to is even more evidence of the apathy for the game of 5 Live, and the BBC in general.
Change the game? Here's a better idea – change channels.
Little chance McIlroy returns to the Irish Open
The Irish Open, terribly squeezed out of the usual July date next year, will take place in the last four days of May – partly because that was considered the best chance to seduce Rory McIlroy to play.
When I look at the golf calendar, I would say that it is a fairly small chance. He usually plays in the Jack Nicklaus & # 39; s Memorial tournament, which takes place the following week in Ohio.
The following week he defends the Canadian Open and the following week it is the US Open in New York. He also has the American PGA in San Francisco in mid-May.
McIlroy has gotten a lot of stick because he missed the edition of the Irish Open this year and is likely to get much more if he decides to travel transatlantically is just not worth it between two majors that are so close together stand. But the madness of the global golf schedule is certainly where the debt really lies.
Indiana Win opens the door for Lewis
Tom Lewis walked away from the Open in Portrush filled with disappointment that he had an exception for next year's championship in one place went wrong.
Yet 11th place ended a world he could never have imagined. It earned the 28-year-old from Welwyn enough points to qualify for the final qualifying tournament of the PGA Tour in Indiana, where cards were handed out to the top 25 to play on the American circuit next season. Lewis won it last week with no fewer than five shots.
The boy who led the Open in 2011 as a 20-year-old amateur and then won his third professional event in Portugal, struggled mighty in the years that followed to deliver on all those promises. But don't bet he will eventually get there.
Amid scenes of unbridled joy at the end of a day of pulsating drama, Europe won the Solheim Cup extraordinary back on Sunday .
Here was a miracle to place next to the miracle the men gathered in 2012 in Medina. Even with 30 minutes to go, it still looked like an epic-scale failure.
& # 39; I thought a draw at that time would be a good result, & # 39; admitted Europe's leader, Catriona Matthew. A draw would of course have meant that America, as holders, retained the trophy. Then the English law of Bronte drilled a 20ft birdie putt to send her competition Europe on the 16th road, and suddenly the miracle was happening.
Now it all came down to Suzann Pettersen, Europe & # 39; s largest Solheim player for someone who had hardly played all year round due to maternity leave. All square with the par-five 18, she just had to win her match against Marina Alex. Both players were 100 yards from the green in two.
Both played beautiful shots under extreme pressure. Both had similar putts, but Alex's was above the hole and it slid past. Now Pettersen had to make a hole from eight feet while players from both teams squatted through the green, barely able to look, and thousands of spectators held their breath.
This is how you define greatness, a player who shuts out the sound and the possibilities to deliver a nervous stroke. She may be the 635th player in the world because of her long absence, but Europe did not want anyone else to be over the putt.
"How can you ask anything else? You just have to take the moment, & said Pettersen.
She did well. A stroke as pure as you want, and when the ball disappeared, the 38-year-old Norwegian warrior made a primordial roar. In the twilight of a great career, Pettersen declared the moment so perfect, it would be her last putt.
& # 39; This is it, I am all done with professional golf, & # 39; she said.
What a way to bend. After the putt came bedlam, while hundreds of people ran onto the green. The inquisitive Matthew was carried up on tired shoulders, her hands raised in genuine triumph.
De Schot had her heart focused on winning back the trophy on her own soil, and here was her controversial selection of wildcards that completed the job. No wonder she was ecstatic.
She once won a British Open just three months after birth, but even that success paled. "This is by far the best moment I've had in golf," she said.
While Pettersen embraced her young son Herman, the other heroines of the day could not jump up and down. There was the bustling law, one with five holes to play in a critical match against Ally McDonald, but she got the job done, just as you knew she would. Charley Hull had a meltdown on the 18th, but another halved match meant three points out of four.
There was the fantastic Georgia Hall and brilliant French rookie, Celine Boutier. Only two Europeans had ever played in at least four games in a Solheim Cup and came up with maximum points – and now there are two more to join Sweden's Sophie Gustafson in 2011 and Caroline Hedwall in 2013 after this pair combined was for three wins out of three in a row and then won their respective singles games.
Both did this in a typically courageous way and came back early from two to record their victories. Hall has had a disappointing year because the 23-year-old was able to process her success in the British Open last year. But this certainly makes up for it.
For the Americans it was difficult for Captain Juli Inkster and especially the fantastic Korda sisters. Jessica and Nelly both finished with three and a half points out of four, and for a long part of Sunday's session, their contributions seemed decisive.
Both parents played tennis for the Czech Republic. Petr, their father, even won a Grand Slam in the Australian Open. But the sisters are under pressure, they can both have even more successful careers than mother or father.
What an advertisement this was for the ladies game. What an approval for women's sport. The golfers have had to take something from a back seat because the focus is on football, netball and the like. Here they showed that they can still be more than alone. This was as good as it gets.
Europe captain Catriona Matthew Rolls Solheim dice with wildcard picks Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Suzann Pettersen
- Pettersen is in 620th place in the world after having two events in 20 months played
- Only three players contributed more points than they did in the Solheim Cup
- England & # 39; s Ewart Shadoff is currently recovering from a small back surgery
- The 16th edition of the best event in women's golf shirts on September 13
Who is the first and correct Catriona Matthew depicted as a high-stakes roller?
You can forgive that impression after the rather surprising announcement of her four Solheim Cup wildcards on Monday in Gleneagles.
Bronte Law and Celine Boutier from ] France were clear. But Suzann Pettersen is currently in 620th place in the world, after having played exactly two events in 20 months, after the birth of her son, Herman – who cut half each time.
It's getting better. The fourth choice is the English Jodi Ewart Shadoff, the only player not at the announcement because she is recovering from a small back operation, after having spent the summer in almost constant discomfort. In order to remember, the long-awaited 16th edition of the best golf t-shirt event for women at the Ryder Cup 2014 in a shadow over a month's time.
What did Matthew think? The captain of Europe smiles broadly.
& # 39; I do not see either choose as a gamble & # 39 ;, said the Scots. "I have 100 percent confidence in both choices."
When the truth is told, looking at the list of alternatives, it seems like a gamble that is worth taking in both cases. Mel Reid would probably have had the nod if she played well in the last two events in Britain, but she missed the cut in both. She has replaced Pettersen as vice-captain and will join the team if Ewart Shadoff does not prove her suitability. No one else has put forward the convincing case.
This European side is therefore very similar to some of the early Ryder Cup teams. There is a lot of talent and personality at the top of the order and you can't imagine that they are lagging too far – or not at all – in Sunday's singles. But what about those 12 games – are heroes waiting to appear the way Eamonn Darcy, Philip Walton or Phillip Price make the difference?
Regarding the choice of who is most closely examined, Matthew Pettersen, 38, knows everyone. They were teammates in seven Solheim Cup teams. She knows that the spicy Noor brings a lot of Ian Poulter & # 39; s attitude into the home dressing room.
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& # 39; I think we all know what money means to him. & # 39;
Rory McIlroy may not be sharp like he likes on Sunday, but that certainly does not apply to his perceptiveness. What about this devastating Matt Kuchar removal last week, after the tight American had made the terrible mistake of jibbing the Northern Irish over money.
Like Poults, you must appreciate the honesty of Pettersen. & # 39; It is clear that life has changed for the better with the birth of my son, but the fact is that I miss golf, & # 39; she said. "I sometimes think I was born for the Solheim Cup."
Only three players contributed more than her 19 points.
& # 39; My best golfing moments are in the Solheim Cup, & # 39; said the double grand champion.
What would she say to the doubters? & # 39; Come on, & # 39; she answered without hesitation. I'm not a fool. I had told Beany (the nickname of Matthew) if I thought I would not be ready. I am ready. & # 39;
Pettersen was the life and soul of three winning teams, but also involved in the most unfortunate incident in the history of the event in 2015. In a tense four-ball game, American Alison Lee thought a 15 -inch putt who was a formality on the 17th hole was awarded and grabbed her ball.
An unmoved Pettersen held out and said there had been no such dealer. The gap went to Europe, just like that specific competition (but not the trophy). Lee was in tears with tears. The Americans went crazy.
& # 39; I think we all learned from the unfortunate incident and went further & # 39 ;, Pettersen said yesterday. But when she was asked what she would do differently, she didn't look. Bring it on.
Brooks Koepka gets a response … and fast!
Brooks Koepka has earned many admirers by proving himself the most important man in everything to sense in recent Grand Slams.
But if your sharp views and actions regarding slow play lead us to free ourselves from the curse of the modern game, it will make a greater contribution.
Let's hope that Koepka and other influential voices such as Rory McIlroy keep the pressure high to ensure that this review does not go back and forth like DeChambeau over an eight-foot leg.
Meanwhile, Eddie Pepperell was right to apologize for calling DeChambeau a twit. He did not, however, take back his belief that the American should play faster. That was also right.
Scotland & Catriona Matthew named Solheim Cup Captain for Europe again before 2021 Ohio showpiece
- Catriona Matthew will again conquer Europe for the 2021 Solheim Cup
- ] The 50-year-old from Edinburgh led Europe to victory against the US this year
- Matthew has 11 pro-victories and made his Solheim Cup debut in 1998
- The Solheim Cup 2021 is held at the iconic Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio
The 50-year-old from Edinburgh successfully led her side to victory over the United States at this year's event in Gleneagles and will now look forward to making a double in two years in Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Matthew was back in the Perthshire scene of the September victory for the announcement of her reappointment.
Team Europe claimed a 14 1/2 – 13 1/2 win over the Americans and Matthew will now try to become Europe & # 39; s first multiple Solheim Cup-winning captain.
She said: & # 39; Winning the Solheim Cup in Scotland was a dream come true, but that would be even better in America.
& # 39; It is always harder to win on American soil, but I am honored that I am in charge of the mission. I was lucky to be part of the first European team that won on American soil in 2013 at the Colorado Golf Club and therefore knows what is possible.
& # 39; The American team played exceptionally well in Gleneagles, but what we have achieved this year and what it means to people the whole world will serve as further motivation.
& # 39; I am excited to get started, build the next team and see what Europe is capable of at Inverness Club. It's a very Scottish name, so I hope it's a good time!
& # 39; Anyone who witnessed the Solheim Cup 2019 at Gleneagles in Scotland can no doubt be left behind that it was an excellent international event that set a new benchmark for women's golf, but this is the start of a new journey of two years, so I am going to collect all my experiences, make progress and do my best to bring the trophy back to Europe in 2021. & # 39;
Matthew, who has 11 professional tournament wins to her name, made her Solheim Cup debut in 1998 and played nine times for Europe in the league.
She played an important role in four Solheim Cup victories, three teams competing in 2003, 2011 and 2013 and the winning leader in 2019.
& # 39; I am delighted that Catriona has agreed to lead the European Solheim Cup team at Inverness Club in 2021, & said John Solheim, PING president and CEO . & # 39; The leadership she showed in Gleneagles played an important role in the exciting victory of her team.
& # 39; She created a very cohesive team that had tremendous faith and confidence in their ability to win competitions when it mattered most. Bringing that winning experience under her leadership will be very useful to the European team, as they wanted to successfully defend the Solheim Cup. & # 39;
HOT OR NOT: The Solheim Cup is again one of the most dramatic events in sport, while Italian football continues to be ashamed of itself
- The Solheim Cup surpasses the Ryder Cup in terms of the close finish
- There is even greater appreciation for Ben Stokes and what he eats through
- Those responsible for the Italian football continues to get their priorities wrong
It's hot or not time again as Sportsmail & # 39; s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what made him feel warm and what left him cold this week …
It again offers one of the most dramatic events in the sports calendar and the hope is that it will attract more attention l pull. The female golfers of Europe versus the US outperform the Ryder Cup for close finishes – six out of 11 since 2000 have been determined by three or fewer points than three in nine with the men
If something good came out of the unveiling of his traumatic family tragedy, it is that a greater appreciation can be felt for this cricket talent and what he may have overcome to become the striking sportsman of Britain in 2019.
The 37-year-old American became the first person to swim four times across the channel without stopping. After swimming for more than 54 hours and covering about 130 miles, she dedicated the performance to her fellow breast cancer survivors. Four lengths have never sounded so impressive.
Cagliari was acquitted by an independent panel for racist abuse aimed at Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, but was fined € 5,000 (£ 4,419) because their supporters threw plastic bottles on the field against Parma. An idea: let single-use plastic rule Italian football and throw the managers in the sea
After he had his fight for control of Sheffield United the Saudi king said he is open to business with the Bin Laden. His words: & # 39; Every family can have a bad person. When people talk about the Bin Laden family as a dirty name, I am offended. & # 39; Hear what you say, but that is a hard sale, your highness.
We need to know more about why the Wales attack coach supposedly bet on rugby. But what an unnecessary and harmful position for Howley to focus on what should have been one of the highlights of his career. It is sad, more than anything else, at this stage.
Given the huge contributions of Georgia Hall, Charley Hull and Bronte Law to Europe & # 39; s stunning Solheim Cup success on Sunday , it is not surprising there is a call for the event to be staged in England for the first time in 2023.
However, the chances are small and it is fair to say that Dame Laura Davies is not very satisfied. Britain's largest female golfer believes that the field of play has been unfairly tilted by the Ladies European Tour, which has the final say, in favor of a bid from Malaga – golf course to be determined.
& # 39; It's a crazy bid, said Lady Laura. & # 39; I know the people behind the English bid and they don't get a chance. The board has actually told Malaga that it belongs to them, but they have already missed two deadlines and yet the board say: "We do not accept bids."
& # 39; This English bid is legitimate. They have the finances, the course, the will, so what would be the evil on the board to at least listen and see what they represent?
We earn the Solheim Cup in England. View our history in the event. Look at last week. We had four players and two assistant captains.
& # 39; I never had the chance to play the Solheim Cup in England for reasons that always surprised me, but I would like Charley, Georgia and Bronte to have that opportunity. Without them we would not have won last week.
Interest in hosting the event will only grow after another great opportunity at Gleneagles, following the Ryder Cup there in 2014, with a record number of more than 90,000 spectators
It was the third time it was held in Scotland – all three ended in victories – with Sweden hosting it twice and once Wales, Ireland and Germany.
Spain's bid is thought. entangled in the machinations of politics, but, purely in terms of golf, Davies etc. acknowledged their legitimate claim. To be honest with the LET sign, they also have to take into account the fact that the Solheim was only staged three times outside the British Isles.
& # 39; Of course they justify a shot with players like Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz, but I just think a Solheim would be special in England, & Davies argued.
& # 39; The girls would still be in their twenties and in full bloom. I urge those in power to hear the English bid and to give them a chance. & # 39;
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& I think this is the perfect ending. It is not getting any better. I'll close it tomorrow, what more can I say. This is it then.
Golfers tend to say goodbye when they barely have the energy to cross the Swilcan Bridge, instead of enjoying the best moment of their career. Suzann Pettersen & # 39; s statement after drilling the winning putt at the Solheim Cup yielded a storybook that ended on a perfect day.
Hall and Hull, both 23, played four times each week and remained unbeaten, contributing seven points to the cause. Law, 24, reversed her singles competition for a 2 & 1 victory that gave Suzann Pettersen the chance to win the trophy on the 18th green.
One thing remains Davies adamant, even if the Solheim were somehow played in England, she would not be a captain. & # 39; I wouldn't want to do it, & # 39; said the 55-year-old assistant captain last week. She has also rejected the opportunity in the past.
People say that I would come under pressure to do it, but I would just say no, and that's it. Trish Johnson can do it. I will gladly help you further. & # 39;
Regarding the captain in Toledo, Ohio, the next time Davies believes there is only one candidate. Catriona Matthew had hardly stopped singing We Are The Champions while the festivities in Gleneagles continued well into the night before her stay was discussed
& # 39; It is clear that Suzann is a stick is on the line, but I want Beany (the nickname of Matthew) to be captain again in America, & # 39; Davies said. & # 39; She deserves a chance on the Americans there. & # 39;
Perhaps surprising, given the perfect scenario for winning the trophy on her own soil and in such dramatic circumstances for the best moment of her career – & # 39; by far & # 39; She confirmed – former British Open champion Matthew said she is open to conviction, which should settle the matter.
Regarding the amazing events at Gleneagles, Davies did not hesitate a second in rank this 16th edition at the
& I have been involved with 13 of them and won four times, but this was in my opinion the best and the most unexpected & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; You can only hope that this will work wonders for our tour because, let's face it, if you can't arouse the interest below, you'll never do it. & # 39;
Most young brides who spend their days in the run-up to their marriage live on their nerves. Normally they don't do that in the heat of a sport firmament, such as the Solheim Cup.
This week, Charley Hull will walk down the aisle next week to marry her beloved, Ozzie Smith. It will not surpass the roller coaster of emotions that the 23-year-old English woman experienced during the last 90 minutes of a fascinating first day.
Four with six holes to play, she and partner Alahara Munoz seemed to be ready to complete their second victory of the day. But one by one the gaps disappeared until they had to settle for a dramatic halved match in the evening shadows, for their teammates and a joyful opposition.
Hull stuck his lips out with a birdie-putt on the 17th and was beyond her chain when another did the same at it last, exiting a loud four-letter explosive. After this her wedding will feel like a breeze.
Europe looked reasonable for a spectacular first day and a three-point lead with Hull and Munoz clearly in their four balls and Carlotta Ciganda and Bronte Law heroically ahead of them. Two down with four to play, they were one ahead of the 18th.
Credit the Americans for the nervous putts they had drilled in both games. First, Lexi Thompson ran from 20ft to 18th to earn a share of her booty for her and Jessica Korda against Ciganda and Law.
Then Brittany Altomare did the same to Hull and Munoz to insure the other Korda sister, her partner Nelly was equally happy.
America therefore ended the day that the happier team lagged by far, only with a slim point. Europe & # 39; s Captain Catriona Matthew did her best to stay positive.
& # 39; Sure it was a little disappointing at the end, but it's not like we delivered it. The Americans agreed well, & she said.
& # 39; If you had offered me some form of guidance at the beginning of the day, I would have taken it. & # 39;
A positive was the assured execution of the long and elegant Anne Van Dam , the longest hitter in golf for ladies.
There are people who believe that the 23-year-old from the Netherlands has the best swing in the game – male or female – and there will be a few more after she had the bulk of the score alongside Suzann Pettersen made to record a record four-ball win, silencing the previously too vocal Danielle Kang and her partner, Lizette Salas.
When it was over, Pettersen was only too happy to say to Van Dam, thank you, ma'am.
& # 39; I was everywhere, so it made her performance even more impressive, she was brilliant & # 39 ;, said the Norwegian.
For America, in addition to the exciting late deeds, last-minute replacement Ally McDonald and Angel Yin, Scandinavian couple Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall 7 & 5 scooped to win the biggest victory in Solheim's history.
In the Morning Foursomes took Ciganda and Law their first hard-earned half-point of the day against Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex.
This was against the course of the game, with Ciganda missing a long putt in the 17th cavity and the Americans from much closer.
History was written when the Kordas became the first sisters to play together and they almost achieved a record-breaking success.
They were six higher after eight holes against Caroline Masson and the sad of Jodi Ewart Shadoff species, before they grabbed the first point with a success of 6 and 5.
That was quickly canceled by Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier, before Hull and Munoz won their four.
So not much between the teams at the end of the day. Did anyone expect anything else? In addition to that late collapse, the concern for Europe was the sight of two or three players who were so perceptibly out of shape.
They have to build on a lead on Saturday before everyone plays in the 12 singles games on Sunday.
American captain Juli Inkster delivers a big shock while Solheim Cup-ax falls on tough Cristie Kerr
No surprise to see the American Solheim Cup captain July Inkster go with experience for the match against Europe in Gleneagles next month.
What was an eye-opener, however, was when she mentioned her two wildcards on Sunday that she left out the most successful American in the history of the event.
With five Rookies in her side, Inkster completed her selection by going for the 31-year-old Morgan Pressel – so impressive at the recent British Open in Woburn – and Stacey Lewis, 34
Cristie Kerr, who played in every Solheim Cup since 2002 and claimed 21 points for her team, but who had a hard time in recent weeks.
"I would have picked her in an instant," Inkster said lamentably.
The highly anticipated competition will take place between 13-15 September.