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A Note From The Editor

I had the pleasure of playing Le Golf National last year, as a guest of the official outerwear supplier to Europe's Ryder Cup team, Galvin Green. 

The highlight of my round? Ripping one right down the middle of the unbelievably daunting 18th, and then puring a hybrid 195 to the back edge of the virtual island green. The lowlight (apart from losing 11 balls!)? Walking off that 18th with a six after four putting...

What really stood out for me, though, was a spectacular Ryder Cup course this wil make. I really can't think of many venues that are more suited to match play. 

It has it all. Risk and reward is everywhere. So is water. The rough is brutal. It was designed specifically for the biggest events, so there are spectator viewpoints alongside every fairway and green. The 18th has been created in an amphitheatre - I just hope lots of matches get this far, because it will be a stunning finish. 

As Europe's captain Thomas bjorn told us for our big Ryder Cup preview: "This could be one of the greatest spectacles we've ever seen."

With the teams shaping up as they are, and the course guaranteed to deliver drama from the very first tee shot (you guessed it, water down the left and in front of the green), I think Paris - as you'd expect - is going to put on one hell of a show. 

Chris Jones, Editor 

CONTENTS

RYDER CUP PREVIEW

48 Thomas Bjorn Exclusive: Europe's captain tells us why this year's event will be so special

51 Furyk: 'Our best team ever': Thoughts from the US chief.

62 The birth of Paris National: How it went from at elds to gladiator's Colosseum.

66 Lawn mower man: The head greenkeeper lets us into some course secrets.

73 Matchplay secrets: From Ernie, Padraig, Rory, Rose, Rahm, Poults and more.

The Rest Of The Magazine

30 Play smart: How to knock it closer when you face an uphill approach shot.

32 Power boost: Improve your sequencing with a restricted backswing.

34 Four steps to... Control your strike point in sand for more consistency.

36 Learn a new shot: Iron shots from downhill lies needn't ll you with dread.

38 Strike trainer: Improve your putting with two tees... just like Tiger does.

42 Role model: Open Champ Francesco Molinari.

71 WIN YOUR NEXT GAME! Match play tips from the stars, plus how to get up and down under pressure

88 New gear: Cleveland All you need to know about the Tour-inspired RTX 4 wedges.

90 New gear: TaylorMade Tiger used one at the Open, so what's GAPR all about?

92 New gear: Mizuno First look at three sets of gorgeous JPX919 irons.

94 New gear: Srixon There's a carbon driver, woods and two new sets of irons.

97 Test: Hollow-body irons We put nine of the latest sets head to head.

111 Match play crackers: Our favourite courses for a head-to-head game all over Great Britain and Ireland.