The only thing guar­an­teed in Ry­der Cups seems to be that if the US team loses, it goes into melt­down! I am not sure why, but US de­feats are al­ways fol­lowed by play­ers throw­ing the man­age­ment and each other over­board.

Surely the US play­ers could just con­duct the in­quest in-house and see that air­ing the wash­ing in pub­lic means ‘team spirit’ next time is harder to achieve.

The US team is and al­ways has been bet­ter on pa­per, but pa­per doesn’t win events. The team ethic of the Euro­peans al­ways nar­rows the gap. It doesn’t al­ways mean that they will win, but it does show a blue­print for the event. If the US con­cen­trated on that rather than task forces, it would mean they’d be dif­fi­cult to beat.

In the same vein, look at the cap­tains’ picks. Hen­rik and Ser­gio were both cho­sen on abil­ity but also with a view to the team room. Were Tiger and Phil picked for the same rea­son? Any­way, I can’t wait for Whistling Straits.

At least John Huggan was right when he said in GW’s pre­view he al­ways picks the wrong team!

Graeme Brown, Es­sex

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