Ryder Cup win 'tops great sporting year'
HUMBERSTON professional Sophie Walker hopes Europe's stunning Ryder Cup success has shown that golf can be 'the best sport in the world'.
Europe retained the Ryder Cup with a remarkable final-day fightback to beat the Americans 14.5-13.5 in Medina, Illinois.
Ladies European Tour pro Walker said: "It was unbelievable. It was the best day of golf that I have ever seen. It finished off a brilliant 2012 for British sport, and I hope golf can move on from here and show everyone that it is the best sport in the world."
Walker praised Justin Rose's performance as well as Ian Poulter's inspirational display.
She said: "My highlight was Rose's birdie, birdie finish against (Phil) Mickelson.
"Rose (pictured) had a terrible start to his pro career and his confidence was shot.
"But on that final day he performed better than anyone could have imagined.
"Ian Poulter was outstanding – his self-belief is immense. Even though he wasn't swinging it well, he fought for everything and holed some massive putts.
"He is someone that I look to in order to help my game. It just shows that if you believe, you can achieve."
Walker is back in action at the China Suzhou Taihu Open, on October 26-28.
She is ranked 71st in this season's Order of Merit. In her last event, the 28-year-old finished joint 56th at the Tenerife Open de Espana Femenino.