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Personally I prefer Chantilly, just

the other side of Paris, but who

am I to argue?

Attending a Ryder Cup match

in person is a unique experience,

and eclipses any other

sporting occasion. It has more

ebbs and flows than an Ashes

match at Lords, the crowd is

quieter than on match point at

Wimbledon and the pressure on

an individual not to let down his

team mates is greater than in a

World Cup penalty shoot-out.

All golfers seem to have glorious names:

Fuzzy Zoeller, Fred

Funk, Boo Weekly and Bubba

Watson spring to mind. Another is Davis

Love III who tells a

great story about how nervous

he was on his Ryder Cup debut.

To "throw up" is golf vernacular

meaning to choke but he recounts

that he was literally shaking with fear

as he walked to the

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first tee and close to throwing

up in its most literal sense. He

won many tournaments (and

millions of dollars) when playing for

himself but the thought

of letting down his team mates

was too much for him.

If you are not too familiar

with the format to the three

day competition, here's the lowdown.

The match is between the

12 best golfers in the USA and

the 12 best from Europe. It takes

place every second year. This is

the first time in France and only

the second in continental Europe.

The first day is made up of

four foursome (alternate shots)

matches and four fourball (better ball) matches. One point

for each so eight points up for

grabs. Day two is the same format and

another eight points

at stake. On the last day, all 12

players from each team play a

singles match against an opponent -

a whopping twelve

points to be won and the pressure

on those contesting the

final matches is immense. With

just 28 points at stake the first

team to reach 14 ½ points is effectively

the winner.

So, there we have it. I'm immensely lucky in that I have

a

ticket, so you can either say hello in

Paris or you can look out for

me on the TV. I'll be wrapped in

the European flag, giving it large

to our friends from across the

pond, while trying to pick up

tips from the masters.

Graham Downie is CEO of Leggett Immobilier

and says he was a

handy golfer "back in the day".

The 2018 Ryder Cup takes place

28-30 September 2018 at Le Golf

National

Wonderful 2 bedroom

property on Golf St.

Endreol.

Stunning 2 bedroom

apartment on a residential

golf course at

L'Aiguillon sur Vie.

€ 151,200

2 bedroom

apartment

REF: 62295MB85€ 295,000

2 bedroom

house

REF: 71323CKE83

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