Adrian Meronk, Ryder disappointment behind



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Adrian Meronk, Ryder disappointment behind
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After the disappointment due to the exclusion from the Europe team for the Ryder Cup in Rome, Adrian Meronk finds his smile again thanks to the comeback success arrived in Spain in the Andalucia Masters. The Pole celebrated his fourth title on the DP World Tour in San Roque, the first since last May when he managed to win the Italian Open on the course of the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, the scene of the 44th edition of the Ryder Cup.

The 30-year-old from Hamburg won with a score of 272 (72 68 66 66, -16) shots and narrowly overtook the German Matti Schmid, 2nd with 273 (-15) and leader after the third round. While the English Richard Mansell ranked in 3rd position with 274 (-14).

Disappointing tournament for the Azzurri. Francesco Molinari, the only one to have passed the cut, did not go beyond 63rd place with 291 (75 68 74 74, +3). While the competition of Guido Migliozzi, 68/o with 144 (75 69, par), and Edoardo Molinari, 104/o with 147 (74 73, +3), both eliminated, ended after 36 holes.

From nightmare to dream.

Adrian Meronk, statements

After two initial bogeys (made on the first and third holes respectively), Meronk made two eagle shows (on the six and nine) with four birdies in the second part of the match.

Prowess that saw him recover four positions and take the entire stake. The exploit earned the Pole 602,907.98 euros and allowed him to settle in 3rd place in the Race to Dubai, the order of merit of the DP World Tour. "I feel relieved, it was a difficult event, which started in the worst possible way.

Round after round, however, I managed to move up positions until the victory", the satisfaction of Meronk who has therefore put the disappointment of not participating in the Italian Ryder Cup. The competition, named after the trophy donated by Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America.

From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw. Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979.

Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.

The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on the two continents in odd-numbered years. For Europe, British golf courses have historically always been chosen, with the exception of the editions of: 1997, played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, 2018 played in Saint-Quentin-en -Yvelines (France) and, lastly, in 2023, which was held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).

Due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the scheduled edition of the Ryder Cup was played the following year, consequently moving the competition to even years, until the 2018 edition. The following tournament, scheduled for 2020, was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus moving the Ryder Cup to odd years again.

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