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I’m not a golfer. In fact it must be a good twenty years since I last hacked my way around a council course somewhere. I’m not even much of a golf watcher. There’s always life to be getting on with instead of sitting in front of the TV all day, but I do make an exception for the Ryder Cup. The idea of bringing together individuals, in a sport of individuals, to play for representative teams gives it a special atmosphere and makes the competition unique sporting theatre. From tomorrow, at the Medinah Country Club, somewhere in Illinois.

And isn’t it a beautiful trophy?

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5 thoughts on “I DON’T SAY THIS VERY OFTEN, BUT …

  1. I’m not much of a golf fan either but I wouldn’t have any urge to cheer for Europe against America. I support Ireland in international competitions but not Europe or The Lions or any other entity.

  2. Pete – don’t you see that this is what the entire purpose of ‘Europeanising’ the Ryder Cup is? This trophy had been a competition between the US and the UK, and these are countries. ‘Europe’ is a political idea and in order to get the people of the UK to subliminally link themselves to this political entity and their own subjugation (by consent), things like the Ryder Cup have become what they are.

  3. Allan@Aberdeen –

    There’s a concerted campaign to “Europeanise”, but not in this case. It was a purely golfing decision.

  4. Yes, the uk+Ireland v USA had become very one-sided. The tournament was transformed by making it Europe v USA and there have been some great contests in recent years, with Europe in the ascendancy.

  5. It originally was England vs the USA, and only years later was NI even included

    Like many things, it evolved.

    Now it involves two groups w roughly the same population.

    Its way bigger in Europe than in America IMO. When it came up yesterday in London, my British and Irish business pals lit up with interest. May the best side win.

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