Ryder Cup: UK fans want Miguel for 2018

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A Ryder Cup survey commissioned by American Golf has revealed that UK golf fans want Miguel Angel Jimenez to be the next Team Europe captain.

Polling more than 2,000 UK golfers, 36% of respondents wanted Jimenez at the helm for France in 2018, beating Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn. Jimenez, who has appeared in four Ryder Cups, has also openly stated his desire to take the captaincy in two years’ time.

The survey also revealed that UK golf fans believe that it will be Englishman Justin Rose and American Jordan Spieth who will be the driving forces behind their teams on the course this year.

Further key survey findings are as follows:

Who has been the best European Ryder Cup captain?

1. Seve Ballesteros 24%
2. Paul McGinley 15%
3. Tony Jacklin 12.7%

Who has been the best US Ryder Cup captain?

1. Jack Nicklaus 25%
2. Tom Watson 24%
3. Paul Azinger 17%

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Who is the greatest ever European Ryder Cup player?

1. Seve Ballesteros 51.7%
2. Ian Poulter 21%
3. Colin Montgomerie 12%

Who is the greatest ever US Ryder Cup player?

1. Jack Nicklaus 47%
2. Tom Watson 19.7%
3. Arnold Palmer 10%

Who is should be the next European captain?

1. Miguel Angel Jimenez 36%
2. Lee Westwood 20.4%
3. Thomas Bjorn 10%

Ryder Cup - Day Two Four-Balls

What is the most memorable Ryder Cup moment?

1. The ‘Miracle at Medinah' (Poulter’s four straight birdies to turn the game) 44%
2. Darren Clarke’s emotional first tee reception after the death of his wife 20%
3. The ‘Concession’ (Nicklaus offers Jacklin a half to tie the match)  9.7%

Who has been the most entertaining player in Ryder Cup history?

1. Seve Ballesteros 43%
2. Ian Poulter 37%
3. Lee Trevino 4.6%

What’s the most annoying thing about following a match in the US?

1. Noise and bad sportsmanship of the supporters 62%
2. The time difference 23.6%
3. American showmanship 6.3%

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Who do you expect to perform the best from Team Europe?

1. Justin Rose 36%
2. Henrik Stenson 30%
3. Rory McIlroy 12%

Who do you expect to perform the best from Team USA?

1. Jordan Spieth 23%
2. Zach Johnson 19.8%
3. Phil Mickleson 15.3%

Miguel Angel Jimenez :: Captain material?

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