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Missing Links: ' a disease' Manchester United legend told Euro Ryder Cup team

November 29, 2014

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Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary former Manchester United manager, addressed the European Ryder Cup team on the eve of the competition at the behest of captain Paul McGinley, who asked him not to reveal the contents of what he told the team. And he didn't. Until now. Ferguson…said he warned Europe's players about "the risk of complacency" and how it was "a disease," Ben Rumsby writes in this story in the Telegraph.


Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul McGinley (Getty Images photo)

One New Zealand legend on another: "She is the full package," Bob Charles said of Lydia Ko in this story Wynne Gray of the New Zealand Herald. "She has a wonderful repeating golf swing. This game is not about how many good shots you make, it is how few bad shots you hit. She is a short but accurate hitter, fairways and greens are her forte and the ingredients to good scores. She has got the mental side of the game sorted. Nothing breeds success like success and she has the confidence from that."

Ko is not yet 18 years old, but already her successor is being groomed. Zhuoyi Hu is nine, a New Zealander of Chinese descent, who is being coached by Seve Ballesteros' old mentor, Ian Godleman. "I've already said to her I want you to write Lydia Ko's name down on a piece of paper and put it on the wall," Godleman said in this story by Jonathan Millmow. "And I want you to write your name above her name. And she said, Why's that,' and I said basically you want to get used to seeing your name above her name.'"

Architect Pete Dye is 89 and still designing golf courses. "I haven't any idea why I don't retire," he said in this story by Steve DiMeglio of USA Today. "I just keep digging. I'll stop just when the man upstairs takes me."

It is called the home of golf, yet Scotland seems to be bereft of young professional talent. The youngest Scottish player on the European Tour, Scott Jamieson, is 31, Martin Dempster of the Scotsman reports in this look at the state of Scottish golf. No Scot earned his European Tour card via the Challenge Tour or tour qualifying this year.