A small mi­nor­ity

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I had the plea­sure and priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the Ry­der Cup at Hazel­tine ear­lier this month along with an­other Scot­tish golf fan. While not wish­ing to con­done the name call­ing and abu­sive heck­les at team Europe’s play­ers or their fam­ily mem­bers, the vast ma­jor­ity of the USA fans we met over the four days we at­tended were pleas­ant, hos­pitable and very wel­com­ing.

Of course they were shout­ing for their boys, but in a pas­sion­ate and hu­mor­ous man­ner. They ap­pre­ci­ated the high level of play from every­one and were quiet and al­lowed play to be con­ducted in the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner.

It is dis­ap­point­ing to me that too much was made of a few boor­ish guys who had one or two too many cans of beer. Sadly there are id­iots on both sides of the At­lantic, and we should not let them cast too long a shadow over the sunny fair­ways of Hazel­tine Na­tional.

Roll on Paris in 2018 and thanks to the good peo­ple of Min­neapo­lis for mak­ing this event spe­cial. Al­lan Hog­a­rth, Glas­gow With the right ex­er­cises you can go on play­ing for many years creep in. This had a knock-on ef­fect on my golf and my hand­i­cap suf­fered.

I was rec­om­mended a series of stretches and ex­er­cises to try and ease the age­ing process and for the first time in my life I stuck rigidly to a physio’s ad­vice. I am so glad I did. My back has eased, I’ve lost weight and my golf is back to where it was ten years ago. I’ve even started run­ning again, which I thought would never hap­pen. I’ll cer­tainly be adding a few of the golf­spe­cific stretches you rec­om­mend to my regime. Who knows, they might be the cat­a­lyst to fi­nally mak­ing sin­gle fig­ures! Don­ald Laws, Bed­ford

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