Just keep a suc­cess­ful cap­tain

Bangkok Post - - GENERAL -

Thank you all for the com­ments on how dif­fi­cult it must be to keep the 12 wives of each Ryder Cup team happy dur­ing the event. Hats off for those re­spon­si­ble for pre­cisely this job. Think for a mo­ment of the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind the Ryder Cup, just to be able to mag­i­cally bring it to life on TV. The ru­mours and hushed dis­cus­sions con­tinue on just who was at fault for the Amer­i­can loss.

But it doesn’t take Ein­stein to have no­ticed that the Amer­i­can play­ers just couldn’t hit a fair­way.

Cap­tains’ names for the next Ryder Cup in 2020 are now be­ing openly tossed around but can I just say if a cap­tain has proven suc­cess­ful why not just keep him on un­til he’s not as was the case with Tony Jack­lin who was Europe’s most suc­cess­ful ever cap­tain who won the Ryder Cup three times over a seven year spell from 1983-1989.

Per­son­ally, I would have loved just one golf jour­nal­ist to have had the “in­testi­nal for­ti­tude” to have stood up at the post Ryder Cup me­dia ses­sion, to have just asked straight up the ques­tions that should have been asked and not just bow to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

For ex­am­ple: if I had been in the team and looked like I would have been rather home next to the pool, had played like my mother and brought ab­so­lutely noth­ing to the team, then wouldn’t it have been re­fresh­ing if Jim Furyk had said at the post press con­fer­ence that “Brasier had played ter­ri­ble golf and I wish now that I had picked some­one else who would have given their right arm to be in­cluded in the team. The way Brasier played was a dis­grace and I’ve de­cided that he’s go­ing to be fined for his mis­er­able con­tri­bu­tion to the team, will not be fly­ing back first class and will be fined US$250,000 that will be given to his poor four-ball and four­some part­ners that had to en­dure play­ing with Brasier.”

Now wouldn’t that be dif­fer­ent to skirt­ing over the is­sue and not an­swer­ing the “ele­phant in the room”?

Out of Bounds: With tongue in cheek a seem­ingly ine­bri­ated fel­low com­mented that Amer­i­can player Pa­trick Reed should be the next Ryder Cup cap­tain. How­ever, it’s widely be­lieved that it is be­tween Fred Cou­ples and Steve Stricker for the US, and it seems cer­tain Padraig Har­ring­ton will be the man for the Euro­peans.

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