Though golf as sport was born in Scotland, it has always been more of a North American entertainment. Just think of such names as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and their numerous merits in the golf world. But now it seems European players have pushed US golfers from their warm places.
Last time Europeans were in the saddle in 1992; the first places were occupied by such names as Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain), Seven Ballesteros(Spain), Nick Faldo (England), Ian Woosnam (England) and Bernhard Langer (Germany). That tour was broadcasted by Clive Clark – an ex-European Tour player and BBC broadcaster. According to his words, that group of people consisted of considerable talents. However since then it was all about US golf achievements. The European golf didn’t show any remarkable results until recently with Martin Kaymer (Germany) and Lee Westwood (England) in the highlight.
Clark says that the famous Q-School in Europe is entered by 700-800 pupils a year, so with time we will be hearing about more new names in the European and world golf. Decades ago you couldn’t find a competitive golfer on the continent – they were invited from Australia and South Africa. But now situation began changing and looks as promising as ever.
Some critics say this European golf boom is due to the US golf decline. The reasons for the decay are Tiger Woods’ personal issues which influenced his professional achievements. He couldn’t win a match in the world since November 2009. Phil Mickelson – one more golf star, hasn’t shown any progress since the 2010 Masters; Matt Kuchar has won only one game since the 2010 season start.
Clive Clark doesn’t think Europeans have become more popular just because of these issues. It’s all about the appearance of new stars and money is not the last reason for that, says Mr. Clark. When people realized golf is a well paid sport, sportsmen began intensive practicing and thus started achieving best results.
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