Raise a toast to the interesting season ahead

Written by Shona Singh | Updated: Sep 28 2008, 05:32am hrs
An interesting and nail-biting finish to the Ryder Cup saw the Americans finally break through to win the trophy on home soil after nine years! The Europeans have dominated the Ryder Cup in recent years winning the last three back-to-back and seven of the last eight, but this week definitely belonged to the US team. A lot of the credit goes to Captain Paul Azinger, who worked hard to develop a team spirit that many say has often been lacking amongst the American side. Undoubtedly, this was a hard earned and well-deserved victory.

The American teams rookies supported their side Anthony Kim, Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan, JB Holmes and Kenny Perry all contributed points. Perry has said that this week made his career while Kim could be seen enjoying every moment of the event as he celebrated each shot with the home crowds even before the tournament was over.

Nick Faldos team fought hard but the Americans proved to be too good for them. So the Americans can continue to enjoy this moment until the next time, which will see 24 professional golfers play their hearts out for their respective countries in Newport, Wales in 2010.

Meanwhile, the Tour Championship will be held at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Vijay Singh just needs to complete formalities to win the FedEx Cup and will be the player to watch. He then heads out to Asia to play in Malaysia, Singapore and the HSBC Championship in China.

Also on the cards is the World Cup, which will be held in China in November. Jeev Milkha Singh currently ranked 60th in the world and 13th on the European Tour Money List alongwith Jyoti Randhawa will represent India. Jeev got an automatic exemption into the World Cup on the basis of his world ranking and picked Jyoti as his teammate since he is the next highest ranked Indian, ranked 102 in the world. They are a strong team and are targeting to finish amongst the top five, if not win the cup.

Jeev, Jyoti and Shiv are currently playing in Europe after which Jyoti will head back home to defend his title at the Indian Open. Daniel Chopra has also confirmed his participation in the Indian Open and he has categorically said that he will be here to win, so that will give Jyoti some competition to think about. Jeev however, has confirmed that he will be participating in the year ending BILT Open, so that will be an opportunity for his fans, young and old, to catch him in action.

The other Indian abroad, Arjun Atwal, who lost his US PGA Tour card and is currently playing on the Nationwide Tour is working hard to regain his full playing rights and his exempt status on the PGA Tour. He is currently ranked 34th on the Nationwide Tour where the top-25 players on the final Order of Merit graduate to the PGA Tour.

So theres a lot to wait and watch as far as the Indian golf professionals and the Indian golf scene is concerned. We are just getting into the season and will hopefully have some big celebrations lined up before the year ends.