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