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Golf Australia Express : Issue 54—Ryder Cup
THE RYDER CUP IS a completely different ball game. It is played for honour, not cash. While many of these players are fresh off the TOUR Championship with its multi-million dollar purse, you will see them shining in a different way when they step up to the tee at the Ryder Cup. A different kind of pressure comes to bear in competitions with no tangible reward. A different breed of prestige accompanies such an event. These blokes don't have to think about cash---they've made a great deal of it already. Yet the Ryder Cup gets everyone going. While some of the excitement undoubtedly comes from the elite level of representation, the buzz that surrounds this tournament goes much deeper than financial imperatives or jingoistic camaraderie. When Davis Love III, the home captain, decides the order for the day on Thursday (Friday night over here, for those with Foxtel) he starts a competition that bears a close resemblance to a blokes' weekend away on the course. Once the teams are set up, the ensuing banter and mind games are a given, and are followed by fourball and foursome matchplay---as happens on many annual golf trips. While the course will probably be in better shape than most of us will play, the similarity to many personal experiences draws public interest like few other tournaments. The Ryder Cup is a living institution representing much that makes our game so well-loved. It is a cup that celebrates the competition between top level players THE RYDER CUP REMINDS US AGAIN THAT HONOUR CANNOT BE BOUGHT, WRITES WILL HONE. CUP OF HONOUR with Will Hone IN HONING as they play for something greater than the great wads of cash handed out on the podium of 'normal' professional events. Clearly, it creates a feast for golfing fans--- not only are the best on display, but they are all playing with a sense of awe that money quite simply can't buy. The Ryder Cup is golf's way of reminding us we can't buy love. When the Americans host this time around, there is sure to be fire in the gallery and determination to win back a cup that used to hold permanent residence in the States. But that's all an aside. For me, the Ryder Cup is reaffirmation that the players on tour are human. While they make supernatural sums on the final green of most tournaments, honour is worth more than the PGA TV rights. And honour is what this weekend is all about. OTG It creates a feast for golfing fans---not only are the best on display, but they're all playing with a sense of awe that money can't buy. DO YOU AGREE? TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS
Summer of Golf 2012-13