Welcome back to the 23rd edition of Cambodia Golf Today, the leading golf magazine in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
On June 20th, the world lost a legend of the game in Peter Thomson. Passed away aged 88 at his home in Melbourne, Australia, Thomson had been battling with Parkinson’s Disease for four years. He was a Hall of Famer, a five-time Open champion and winner of numerous professional events across the world. He served as the President of the Australian PGA for 32 years and helped founded the Asian Tour. Peter Thomson’s accomplishment in golf during his lifetime can never be forgotten and for that, he will truly be missed.
Many things happened in the last two months. Brooks Koepka won back-to-back U.S. Open to become the third player in history to do so while Francesco Molinari became the first Italian ever to win a major championship after a spectacular performance at The Open. Both men made history and I would just like to take this time to congratulate them for their feats.
Just less than two months away, the best players from the USA will clash against the best players from Europe in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in France with both teams having something to prove. The Americans are hoping to score their first victory on foreign soil in over two decades while the Europeans are seeking to redeem themselves from the lost at Hazeltine two years ago and re-establish their dominance on the Ryder Cup. Which team is your pick to win it this year? In all honesty, the match is just too close to call. I wouldn’t be surprised if it all came down to the final singles match. However, personally I am leaning toward Team USA. The biggest reason that Team Europe has been so dominant in the Ryder Cup is because of their chemistry. However, unlike the era of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Co have formed a bond that allows them to be more comfortable around each other and be able to communicate effectively.
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