Just keep a successful captain
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.