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Golf Australia Express : October 2013 - United Colours of Golf
minds’ of fans—there needs be a genuine buy in from golf followers. To get fans to follow, a spiritual leader needs to step forward, a Pied Piper of sorts to lead from the front and inspire raw passion in teammates and supporters. Someone who, more than anything else, wants to beat the Yanks. Perhaps even hates them. For Europe’s Ryder Cup team, that man was Seve. The charismatic Spaniard was the main man leading the charge for the resurrection of a dying event that dated back to 1927. Before 1979, the Ryder Cup was an American walkover of an event against Great Britain and Ireland. In 22 stagings, the Americans won 18 times. Struggling for relevance, it was Jack Nicklaus who suggested a change to the format after the 1977 event. The inclusion of players from Continental Europe was agreed to. It has proven to be a masterstroke. Unleashed was Seve and with him came a passion and tenacity for Europe unlike any other. The Ryder Cup was reborn and has since become a mammoth, highly revered and competitive spectacle. Since 1979, Europe has won nine Ryder Cups to the USA’s seven, with a tie thrown in for good measure. The contest remains close and passions are always strong, keeping interest in the event high. That's what seems lacking from the Presidents Cup. Real passion. At the moment, the Internationals are so far behind The Captain The Leader The X-Factor INTERNATIONALS The Team CLICK ON BUTTONS ABOVE TO REVEAL