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Joakim Haeggman represetened Europe in the 30th Ryder Cup in 1993 at The Belfry alongside European greats such as Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam & Sam Torrance to name a few.
We ask Joakim a few questions on what it’s like to be part of Team Europe and his thoughts on the 44th Ryder Cup in Rome.
What did it mean to be part of the Ryder Cup?
“To make the Ryder Cup team is a huge achievement!” Joakim said. “Back in 1993 I had a great year with around 13 top-10 finishes in 17 starts on the European Tour. To complete the year with a Ryder Cup pick was amazing!”
How does it feel standing on the first tee in a Ryder Cup?
“All us golfers wether your playing your Sunday medal, stableford or in a Ryder Cup are nervous!”
“For me it was like that for 16 holes; the first hole and the 18th hole are just a total blur but that is what we practice for.”
What is your favourite Ryder Cup memory?
“For me it is obviously winning my singles match in 1993 against John Cook, walking up the 18th was great.”
“Having said that I have been fortunate to have had two experiences with Langer & Torrance as assistant captain and winning in America with Bernhard and being part of the side that to this day as the largest winning margin, plus beating America on US soil is always something special!”
Which European debutant will perform well in Rome?
“Of course I’m looking at Ludvig Alberg – he has been the number one in America in college rankings for two years, they guy is used to playing under pressure. Even coming over to Europe for two events finishing fourth & first – I think the guy has got it and something special about himself… of course being a fellow Swede I maybe slightly bias!”
What do you think the final score will be?
“Europe 16 – 12 America!”