Ryder Cup win will have snowball effect on Tour: Dyson
Europe`s Ryder Cup win will have a snowball effect on all matters relating to the European Tour, defending Dunhill Links champion Simon Dyson said.
London: Europe`s Ryder Cup win will have a snowball effect on all matters relating to the European Tour, defending Dunhill Links champion Simon Dyson said.
Five members of the victorious team arrived in Edinburgh on a special charter flight from Cardiff.
Padraig Harrington, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Edoardo Molinari will join Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and team mates Ross Fisher, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood at the USD 5 million tournament played on three courses in and around St. Andrews.
Dyson, who failed to qualify automatically for the Ryder Cup team, was full of praise for Europe`s effort in wrestling back the trophy from the US.
"Winning back the Ryder Cup is fantastic for Europe and it always is when Europe wins," Dyson told reporters.
"Two years ago when we didn`t win was very disappointing but Europe`s effort in Wales was just brilliant and it`s going to be a like a snowball effect.”
"It`s great for the players themselves but it`s going to be great for the Tour in their dealing with existing sponsors and being able to attract new sponsors, plus there`s going to be that added benefit of hopefully increased prize money, new tournaments coming on board and so on," the Briton added.
"So when Europe wins the Ryder Cup it`s not just the individual reward for the players on the team and the captain but it permeates down to everyone on the European Tour."
Dyson phoned Montgomerie on Monday evening to offer his congratulations and was looking forward to seeing him this week at an event both men have won.
"I managed to get hold of Monty some time after the closing ceremony and he was just so pleased," the blond-haired Yorkshireman said.
"I played under Monty at the Royal Trophy in Thailand and he was just brilliant, so I knew he would be really good at the Ryder Cup. I bet that when the players get here to Scotland that they will nothing but great words for his leadership."
The Ryder Cup players headed straight for waiting courtesy cars after arriving at the airport except for McDowell.
The US. Open champion, who clinched victory for Europe by beating Hunter Mahan in the final singles match, chose instead to travel with tour officials and caddies on the hour-long bus ride to St. Andrews.