Ryder Cup stars reunite in China

Europe's Ryder Cup heroes, along with captain Jose Maria Olazabal, have reconvened at this week's BMW Masters in China

Eleven of the victorious European Ryder Cup team will take part in this week's inaugural BMW Masters in China as the focus shifts to the Race to Dubai.

They will also be joined at Lake Malaren Golf Club by triumphant captain Jose Maria Olazabal and vice-captains Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke.

The only absentee from the team that staged the remarkable comeback at Medinah Country Club is Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who met with the King of Spain after returning to his homeland.

The Ryder Cup triumph will still be prominent in the memory, with many players excited about the prospect of reliving Sunday's 'Miracle at Medinah'.

"It was very special. "I think everybody as a team bonded very well. That Sunday will go down in history. Everybody is so proud of what's happened to European golf and for each and every member of the team," said the isnpirational Ian Poulter.

Martin Kaymer added: "Obviously it's nice to see ten of the other guys again. What we did that week was, for me personally, very, very important. It's kind of like a career high - I don't even know if it gets higher than that."

Despite the fond memories and sense of achievement, the players will be focused of the Race to Dubai.

Rory McIlroy currently leads the standings, and is on course to replicate Luke Donald's feat of topping both the European and PGA Tour money lists in the same season, but a win for Justin Rose, who is currently second, could see him knocked off top spot.

"The BMW Masters looks like it is going to be a top class tournament so to go back to Lake Malaren and win for the second time would really put the icing on the cake of what has already been a great year for me," said the Ulsterman.

Clarke, the 2011 Open Champion, added: "I cannot praise BMW's commitment to golf highly enough. Golf would be in a far worse state without the involvement of BMW."

Nick Bonfield
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