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In defeat, Americans act like ‘spoiled brats’
I loved the Welsh family's take on the American Ryder Cup players (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 2).

“Prima donna,” though, is too nice. They acted like the spoiled brats that they are.

Phil Mickelson was a Jim Furyk mistake. Tiger Woods looked exhausted. Patrick Reed is a moron.

I agree that the makeup of the team did not match the golf course. That's nobody's fault except the players who couldn't be bothered to make a trip over there ahead of time.

One would think that by Sunday, they might have had a better idea of what was required to score well.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.

Give Le Golf National some credit
The Ryder Cup proved yet again to be a wonderful spectacle of golf at its finest. Man against man and team against team, all in the right spirit.

While the focus will be on players’ performance and captains’ performance, there is a hidden winner here: Le Golf National.

The way the course was set up was more akin to a major championship, with tight fairways and deep rough, which put a premium on driving accuracy. We talk aplenty about technology and how far the ball goes, and here yet again, we see that by tightening up the course, those players who were able to keep the ball in play were rewarded.

All too much on the PGA Tour, we see course setups week to week which allow a rip-it-and-go-find-it mentality, which does not punish errant shots. I am certainly not saying week in week out that courses should be as tight as Le Golf National, but slightly tighter fairways and longer rough would put a premium on accuracy and somewhat address the technology issue.

No doubt that Whistling Straits, the site of the 2020 Ryder Cup, will prove to be a worthy venue, but where the outcome is dictated by the course setup, not the quality of shot-making, we risk undervaluing the very fundamentals we learn as a child: that reward comes from keeping the ball in play.

Maybe upon reflection, the U.S. will look back at the relative time spent in the rough and place a premium on accuracy rather than distance.

Kev Seymour
Darnestown, Md.

U.S. answer for Ryder Cup: Add Canada, Mexico
Before 1979, the Ryder Cup was contested among golfers from the United States and those from Britain and Ireland. In 1979, continental Europe joined the GB&I golfers. Now American golfers (one country) are pitted against all of Europe (44 nations).

Golf has grown into a global game while the Ryder Cup is stuck in the past.

The fellowship, friendship and camaraderie that Europe gets from a 44-country pool of talent is the reason why one country that stands alone continues to fail. The Americans need a partner or two.

The Ryder Cup committee should consider
adding Canada and Mexico to the U.S. team. The move would boost enthusiasm and team spirit. Imagine fans in Canada, Mexico and America watching and cheering.

Glenn Monday
Tucson, Ariz.
(Monday is the head professional at Dorado Golf Course in Tucson.)

Europeans play a more ‘complete game’
I love reading the comments and excuses for why the U.S. team failed in the Ryder Cup. Terry Wall from Winchester, England, hit the nail on the head (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 2).

American golfers aren’t as good as the Europeans if they can’t play bombs-away. The Europeans are better golfers. They hit tight fairways. They know when to lay up and when to go for it, because they don’t play the driver-wedge game. They play the complete game.

Congratulations, Europe. You deserved to win.

Bruce Allen
Forest Ranch, Calif.

Woods’ mortality makes for tough viewing
I agree with John Hawkins’ assessment and conclusions about Tiger Woods and this year’s anemic performance at the Ryder Cup (“Ryder Cup tames toothless Tiger again,” Oct. 2).

Woods looked old. I miss his incredible recovery shots and his ability to will the ball into the hole. However, he gets the nod for trying to do something no one else has done in PGA Tour play: competing with a back held together with nuts and bolts.

I always get uneasy watching great athletes facing their mortality. Thank you for telling the whole story.

Roger Dragon
Point Pleasant, N.J.

Ryder Cup torpedoes Woods-Mickelson match
After 72 hours of Ryder Cup drama and countless more hours leading up to the matches, I wonder whether there is a single golf fan who can honestly say that he will put aside one minute of precious viewing time to witness a $9 million shootout between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

This match doesn't warrant the time it takes to turn on the TV, made especially worse by the fact that the two players aren't digging into their own wallets to front the money.

This match doesn't warrant a single minute of anyone's time, let alone a fan of game.

Jim Baker
Schaumburg, Ill.

Emily Post would have penalized Americans
There have been a number of reasons/excuses why the U.S. team got smoked in the Ryder Cup. One that hasn't been mentioned is the fashion faux pas of wearing white pants in Paris at a time when the average temperature is less than 60 degrees.

I understand wearing red, white and blue. But white pants? And not once, but twice?

They looked like they were going for a ride on Judge Smail's boat.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

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