The news from Golf de Joyenval this morning is that golfing giant (in the literal sense) Peter Hanson has withdrawn from this week’s Vivendi Trophy, citing concerns about a mysterious chest infection:
“I was feeling OK up until yesterday. I got a bit of a chest infection, a bit of a cold. I have a little bit of fever… I’m a little bit worse today, so not ideal the way I want to prepare this week. But like Colin said, we don’t want to be sick next week, so I’ll try to treat that and see the doctor… There’s a lot of colds and stuff going around. Hopefully I will be ready Monday.”
The final European Tour event prior to the Ryder Cup, the Vivendi Trophy was to offer the games of Hanson and team-mate Padraig Harrington an opportunity for a last-minute tune-up. Unlike Harrington, Hanson could claim to be consolidating some genuine form after a summer that saw him win in both Mallorca and the Czech Republic.
Given that the Swede seems certain he’ll be fully fit on arrival in Wales, it’s unclear what effect, if any, all of this will have on the European team’s preparations, particularly given that Monty has already committed to playing all twelve of his players on Day One.