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The Comebacker this week, quite naturally, is all about Americas smashing 16-11 Ryder Cup victory over the Euros last week.
 
Without further ado:
 
Harry writes: Why do there have to be any automatic selections? Why cant it be all captains choices, putting together a squad much like they do in Olympic basketball now? I would love to see the captain have total control to pair players whose games complement each other, those that are singles specialists, etc. What do you think?
 
The Comebacker
Interesting thought. But part of the fascination with the build-up to the Ryder Cup is following the point standings, week-to-week, especially as the date for the Ryder Cup nears. Unlike Wall St., the more volatility the better.

 

Ernest writes: As an avid golf follower, who appreciates the contributions of Corey Pavin, (Im) sorry he has to wait. Everyone in sports understands the chemistry of a team is invaluable and it starts at the top. All you have to do is look at the other sports to see the consistency ' whether its manager, head coach, or in this case the captain ' that he brings to the table. Azinger made the bold decisions to changing the system, did his homework, and even without the best player in the world brought home a victory. He deserves the right to defend if he wants to. Besides, anyone who beats cancer is too tough for me to say he cant do it.
 
The Comebacker
It says here we havent seen the last of Paul Azinger as a U.S. Ryder Cup captain. And, yes, thats an educated guess.

 

Bryce writes: In my view, captain Azinger has reverted back to the win at all costs attitude and I was not impressed by his conduct or that of Anthony Kim on Sunday. It looked more like a tailgating party at a football game than a golf match. The lack of etiquette and poor sportsmanship by Anthony Kim was particularly striking and goes against the grain of the Ryder Cup. Perhaps Kim, who is either too young to remember or too brash to care, should be forced to watch the tape of Jack Nicklaus giving Tony Jacklin his putt on the 18th hole and see what a true sportsman looks and acts like.
 
The Comebacker
Perhaps Bryce should be forced to watch the on-course antics of Sergio Garcia in recent Ryder Cups. Maybe then he will realize there is a difference between enthusiasm and egotism.

 

David writes:Has there ever been talk of another cup to have the Europeans vs. the Internationals? I would love to see a three-year rotation to accommodate this. It would give all teams two years on, one year off rotation.
 
The Comebacker
Actually, theres been a lot of talk about this concept. I have no use for the talk. The Ryder Cup is too good. The PGA of America would be foolish to change it.

 

Ken writes:I think our team played with a lot of heart, intensity and cool. But my hat is off to the Euros also. It is a real pleasure to watch the level of sportsmanship displayed by all of the players and the captains of both teams. It makes me proud to say that I, too, am a golfer.
 
The Comebacker
Well stated.

 

 
Jim writes: I was born and raised in England and left that country over 55 years ago and my heart will always have a place for that country. The reason for that statement is to make a comment regarding Lee Westwood. I was really disappointed in his statements during the tournament, about (Boo) Weekley and the fans. I also was surprised with his comments after the Europeans lost. His whining was one of the sore notes in this years entertainment. It is easy when you are winning, but not so easy when the shoe is on the other foot.
 
The Comebacker
More than a few e-mails came in bashing Westwood. The Comebacker doesnt think Westwood was the problem for the Euros.

 

Lauri writes: Congratulations to (the) U.S. team. What is with you freakin news people? Why are you putting the teams (through) this Spanish Inquisition? WHO CARES? It will not change anything. I can't believe the ignorant questions asked! All you want is some sound bite to put them (all) in a bad light. Nick Faldo did the job the way he felt it should be done. You didn't like it? Get someone else next time. THIS TIME IS DONE! Golf is a game of time and conditions, every day is different. GOT THAT? No day will ever be the same. So everyone plays differently. Some days you're ON, and some days you're OFF. Azinger was, as usual, BEING IN CONTROL, acting like a 10-year old.
 
The Comebacker
I wish, just once, wed hear from somebody with an opinion.Oh, and by the way, Lauri, I think your Caps Lock key is busted.

 

Dave writes:As I revel in seeing the Cup come back home, two thoughts bother me. First, are Lee Westwood's comments reasonable or at all appropriate from a professional even if true? Second, and perhaps most troubling ' are we seeing the start of the end of Phil's career? I've been a fan ever since his days of winning a pro event as an amateur. His magic seems to be gone, and the fire in his eyes that he used to have wasn't there at all this week, even though he said it was.'
 
The Comebacker
Phil needs to figure out a way to keep his juices flowing late in the season.

 

Dan writes: What an effort! Sunday was great. My girlfriend hates golf but she didnt stop watching until the U.S. Ryder Cup team won. Golf just received another fan.
 
The Comebacker
You know youre on to something when the girlfriends start buying in to a sporting event.

 

Kevin writes: Please bring up that golf without Tiger (Woods) does exist. I am a huge Tiger fan and always will be and will continue to cheer him on to a win every time he tees it up. However, I think this Ryder Cup just showed the world that there are a lot of other great golfers. Without him in the field it was fun to watch the media have to report on all the golfers involved in this years Ryder Cup and not dwell on Tiger's matches. This may have been a great thing for the PGA Tour and golf worldwide to see that there are some great talents out there even though they do get overshadowed, rightfully so, by Tigers accomplishments. Once again the stage of the Ryder Cup showed what a great game golf is and how great these players truly are.
 
The Comebacker
Somebody needed to say this.

 

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