Don’t forget Noren for European team
I read with interest the timely warning from Mike Purkey to his American compatriots that a European revival is a distinct possibility at the 2018 Ryder Cup (“Europeans head to Augusta on a roll,” March 30).
Purkey identified Europe’s likely team members and suggested that each would bring a lot to the party. However, his list of those who definitely will make their debuts at Le Golf National – Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton – did not include another racing certainty for the team, Alex Noren.
This accomplished Swede fought his way back from a career-threatening injury not so long ago to hit the forefront of European golf with a string of impressive victories over the past two seasons. In addition, his performances during his first full-time tilt at the PGA Tour in 2018 suggest that a maiden victory stateside may not be far away.
As for his Ryder Cup credentials, he hits the ball deceptively long, is generally very accurate, possesses a tidy short game, and has displayed an unflappable match-play temperament in the past two WGC Match Play events.
Thomas Bjorn likely won't need to waste a captain's pick on him, but if for some freakish reason Noren doesn't make the cut of automatic qualifiers, you can be sure that he will be the first name on the list of wild cards.
‘Golf as it should be’
Reading about the Ryder Cup brought back one of my favorite memories: the 1987 Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, when it was more of an elaborate, quaint cocktail party between two or more cultures, with quiet decorum.
The Euros thumped the Americans, but I recall sitting on the bridge rail near the 14th green, sipping a beverage, quietly discussing the golf with Europeans and enjoying the company. We were politely applauding play and then carrying on wonderful conversation, taking turns buying the refills on beverages. It was such a pleasant time.
Flash forward to the recent Presidents Cup, where relentless rain, a streaker and loud, unruly fans was the norm. It was a disappointment for me.
Back then, the events were a match between cultures, and nobody was yelling, cursing and acting like a fool, chanting, “USA, USA, USA.” It was golf as it should be. Men and women of all areas were gentle and courteous.
My, oh, my how I miss those times and am so pleased I was fortunate enough to experience them.
TV dictates the format
No, no, no, no, no! Exempting players from play-in matches has nothing to do with competition. It's all about television on the weekend (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 30).
If the No. 64 seed defeats the No. 1 seed, it says nothing about the 64. He doesn't have a large group of home fans staging a watch party for his next match. Who cares? We just really want to see No. 1 playing on Saturday. Ask the people paying for the television commercials.
St. Augustine, Fla.
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