Without further ado:
Scott writes: Nick Faldo is blessed with a stellar core of seasoned veterans along with the emotional maturing of Sergio Garcia. However, there are four rookies on Faldo's squad. While these men are professionals, there is always room for someone of Darren Clarke's experience. The U.S. needs a victory in the worst way. This is looking like the American Leagues dominance over the National League in the All-Star Game.
Actually 10 of the 24 players are rookies. That adds up to more than 40 percent of those in the event. Six on the American side, four on the Euro team. I call that a wash. And by the way, since not one American on Paul Azingers team has a career winning record in Ryder Cup play, I would hesitate to make comparisons to baseball All-Star games.
Gary writes: I disagree with you comments about crowd noise. Instead of an SEC football game, it will probably be more like the roar at Rupp Area during a Kentucky basketball game. Unbelievable noise.
We can only be hopeful the fans wont stand in the sight line of players and shake pom-poms while they putt. That might be OK in college hoops for free throws. But even in the heat of Ryder Cup, that would be a non-starter.
Mark writes: Regarding J.B. Holmes..I am a Lexington, Ky. native, and although I love J.B. and his game, he was not worthy of a selection. Not even close. One of the worst putters on TOUR and his GIR has been terrible of late, not to mention missing five of eight cuts. This was nothing more than a homer pick by Zinger and were it not being held at Valhalla, he would not be on the team.
Apparently Mark doesnt love J.B. and his game all THAT much.
Jim writes: I keep saying it and no one listens: 'The USA will win this years Ryder Cup.' Nick Faldo has just confirmed that he has no idea of what makes a team jell. To leave Clarke out is a travesty, but the bigger travesty is not having Montgomerie in the team. In past times Monty has had average years, but always rose to the occasion when the Ryder contest was played. There is too much concentration on statistics by everyone, you included. If you remove three players, Harrington, Westwood, and Garcia the remainder are 7-9-7, that is a losing record. It also does not include four rookies in this years squad of Europeans. Mickelson, Furyk and Cink will have to handle the Euros top three, after that it is a crap shoot and I have to give our lot a better chance as they have fan support and are playing at home. They also have something to prove with Tiger being on the sidelinesOne other item: For years we have dodged a bullet in this contest. That bullet is the fact that no one has been injured in the early part of the contest and has been unable to play. We have had an illness at the end, this was just before the singles match and the other team sat one of their players and a half point was shared. What if that half point was critical? What if the injury happened on the first day? I have always believed that the teams should select an alternate just in case. I can hear the complaints right now, forget them, this is supposed to be about sportsmanship and the enjoyment of moment by the most important people to golf, THE FANS.
We dont usually reprint e-mails this long but Jims thoughts were compelling. Some compellingly wrong and some just plain compelling. An alternate would only be needed for the singles and the envelope policy, I think, adds a bit of intrigue to the event.
D.R. writes: Living in the Florida Panhandle, I have watched Joe, Boo, Heath and Bubba come along. This observation: Anyone who leaves BUBBA WATSON off of this team is insane; he is one of the best match-players that I've ever seen. If you're gong to open up the course down-range (as Azinger has done), then load up with bombers; you only play one-hole-at-a-time in match-play, then you re-begin on the next tee box. Leaving Watson off of the team is a HUGE mistake, regardless of TOUR standing..
The designated bomber on Azingers team is the local guy, J.B. Holmes. Tough to argue with that.
Michelle writes: Thank you, thank you, thank you for calling out the 'you da man.' I don't know how Tiger can stand it! I sometimes have to mute my television because it drives me crazy!
You da woman, Michelle.
Time writes: I still think that Faldo had a deal with Poulter beforehand, and I consider the decision to leave Clarke off the team a disaster. Super dumb!!
The opinion hear is that Europes loss ' no Clarke or Montgomerie on the Ryder Cup team ' is the USAs gain.
David writes: I'm looking forward to the first days pairings, especially the Americans. I know Zinger has made comments that sound like he might put Kenny Perry and J B Holmes in the first match out. I'd rather see him put Perry in the first group with a straight hitter (like Furyk) and Holmes in the second group with another straight hitter (like Curtis). I think what's really important is for the Americans to win the first days two sessions or at least have the overall lead after the first day. Anyway, it should be great theater.
The Ryder Cup is great theater even when its bad theater. And people conveniently forget that theres a good argument that to make that the afternoon pairings are more important than the morning pairings.
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