Monday, 27 September 2010

Dave Looks forward to Ryder Cup

"Perhaps the strangest sporting link-up next week in Wales will see an American-based European Ryder Cup star getting advice from the man who helped prodigious rugby union points scorers Neil Jenkins and Jonny Wilkinson get their kicks.

Because Luke Donald, close to a possible £7.2m jackpot – the richest prize in golf – this weekend in the final leg of the FedEx Cup play-off has joined an unlikely coaching tie-up with former England and British Lions kicking guru Dave Alred.

Using some of Alred’s expert guidance, Jenkins became the world’s finest goal-kicker. And Alred ensured that with England and the Lions, Wilkinson was unable to end a kicking session without a perfect six out of six from the “should get” zone.

Bristol-based Alred will use the stick and carrot approach with Donald’s putter as he seeks to give the world No 9 that little bit extra in helping him to become “boss of the moss” at the Celtic Manor.

Unless 15 from 20 putts are holed from four to eight foot it’s back to square one and it’s led to Alred labelling his pupil “The Assassin”.

Even when they’re on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Alred makes Donald keep his practice stats to email them to him – how many attempts before 15 from 20 putts went in, how many bunker shots to three feet plus a birdie and bogey count.

“The bottom line is whether it’s a winning putt for a Ryder Cup or a winning drop goal for a World Cup, it comes down to the one individual,” said Alred."

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