Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Ferrie's on a Major Hunt

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Ferrie's on a Major Hunt

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Byline: By Tim Taylor,

This time last year Kenneth Ferrie was by no means certain of retaining his European Tour card. By early April of next year, he will have played in all four majors ( the US Open, THE Open, the US PGA Championship and the Masters ( and quite possibly the Ryder Cup.

To cut short a fairly long story involving money lists and ranking points, it all jump-started for the Ashington lad when he won last year's European Open.

He put his foot back on the pedal with joint sixth place in the bizarre Battle of Winged Foot for the US Open last month, immediately followed by a top ten finish in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Today Ferrie starts his defence of the European Open, now called the Smurfit Kappa European Open, at the K Club near Dublin, which will host the Ryder Cup on September 22-24.

Ferrie has a skin thick enough to realise Irish eyes may not be smiling at him following his need to apologise to Paul McGinley after their altercation earlier this season.

And, should he make the team for the Ryder Cup, he won't be getting any homework done as that event is played on a different K Club course to this one.

But he said last night: "This is a special tournament for me because yes, the heat was on me a little bit this time last year and victory put me right back on track.

"After what has happened so far this summer, I am already high enough in the world rankings now (he's 80th) to be virtually sure of a place in the US PGA and I'm right in there fighting for one of the ten automatic Ryder Cup spots.

"After Glenagles I was in the team and, as things stand now, I would need to move up one place on the Ryder Cup European Points List. So with nine weekends to go before automatic selection, it's all very much there for me to play for."

This season, Ferrie has switched to TaylorMade's R7 XD irons following a talk-in with their technical experts in California. He said: "They make it easier for me to get my long irons off the ground, but I have resisted the temptation to change my woods.

"I've kept the R5 Dual Driver, the three-wood and the rescue club because I feel comfortable with them with them, so it would be changing just for the sake of it. …

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