Strength to strength

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

It is now some 40 years since Jack Nick­laus sug­gested to Lord Derby that, in order to make the Ryder Cup more of a con­test, play­ers from the con­ti­nent of Europe should be in­cluded in the team. Over this pe­riod we have in­deed wit­nessed a trans­for­ma­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion and, dare we say, a com­plete re­ver­sal in ex­pec­ta­tion of the re­sult.

It would be too much to ask the USGA, al­beit tongue in cheek, to con­sider in­clud­ing play­ers from other coun­tries to bol­ster their team – Ja­son Day, Adam Scott and the strong South African play­ers would be wel­come ad­di­tions. On a se­ri­ous note, though, it is an in­di­ca­tion of how far play­ers from GB&I have pro­gressed over this pe­riod that I be­lieve we could now pick 12 play­ers from the home coun­tries who would give the Amer­i­cans quite a game.

You only have to start with McIl­roy, Wil­lett, Fitzpatrick, Sullivan, Lowry, West­wood and Rose and the team be­gins to take shape. But the con­tri­bu­tion of the con­ti­nen­tal play­ers has, of course, been in­stru­men­tal in our re­cent suc­cesses, and long may they re­main part of the team. Max Stans­field, via email

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