2008 Ryder Cup Matches | European Tour | Nick Dougherty

Nick Dougherty currently ranks within the top 10 on both the Ryder Cup World and European Ryder Cup Points lists. For details on how Team Europe members are selected, see our Ryder Cup qualifying page.

Nick Dougherty was born 24 May, 1982 in Merseyside. He had an outstanding career as an amateur, winning tournaments such as the 1999 World Boys Championship and the Faldo Junior Series events. Early in Dougherty’s career, Nick Faldo – captain of Team Europe for the 2008 Ryder Cup Matches and one of the world’s best golfers – took him under his wing.

In the 2001 Walker Cup, Dougherty was part of the triumphant team representing Great Britain and Ireland. In the same year, he joined the professional ranks, gaining European Tour membership by way of the 2001 Qualifying School. The following year he earned the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.

Nick Dougherty had a disappointing season in 2003 due to a bout of glandular fever. Another weak year followed, but early in 2005 he won the European Tour at the Caltex Singapore Masters. He entered the top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings that year. By the end of 2005, he was in 15th place on the European Tour Order of Merit.

In 2007, Nick Dougherty performed well at the 107th US Open at Oakmont Country Club. He tied for seventh place to record his best finish to date in a major tournament. He went on to clinch his second European Tour victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. By the end of the 2007 season, he was placed 11th on the Order of Merit.

European Tour Wins (2)

  • 2005: Caltex Masters
  • 2007: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Nick Dougherty will be one of the most exciting Team Europe players to watch in the 2008 Ryder Cup Matches.