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Story Image European Team Captain Ian Woosnam smiles on the practice range during the second official practice day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club

Woosnam Mixes and Matches in His Quest for Perfect Partnerships

Ian Woosnam has changed all but one of the European Team's potential Ryder Cup Partnerships on the second day of practice at The K Club

Michael Gibbons, Press Officer
20 September 2006

Ian Woosnam continued Europe’s preparation for Friday’s opening matches of The Ryder Cup by selecting five new partnerships for his Team on the second Practice Day at The K Club.

The Welshman’s quest to find his the perfect partner for each of his 12 players continued as he mixed and matched his squad, leaving only his two Wild Card selections, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood, together.

Every other member of the Team found was paired with a new partner, with José Maria Olazábal and Robert Karlsson teeing off alongside Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald in the first group to tee off from the tenth tee at 11:15 on Wednesday morning.

That practice time was approximately two hours later than scheduled after The Ryder Cup site had been deemed unsafe in the early hours of Wednesday morning, due to gusting winds of over 40mph.

All structures at The K Club have subsequently been checked and loose impediments such as screens, fencing and flags secured. With 45,000 spectators anticipated both Ryder Cup LLP and the Garda Siochána were quite clear that health and safety issues were paramount.

With the site ready to host spectators, Team Europe made their way to the practice range to warm up for the days practice to a rousing reception, before Olazábal, Karlsson, Garcia and Donald made their way to the tenth tee.

They were followed by Europe’s second group of the day, Clarke, Westwood and the English duo of Paul Casey and David Howell, who formed a successful pairing in the Friday afternoon Foursomes at Oakland Hills two years ago.

The third and final practice group saw another of Europe’s successful Oakland Hills partnerships, Padraig Harrington and Colin Montgomerie teeing off in the company of Henrik Stenson and Paul McGinley.

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