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October 3, 2012

Five musts for USA to win the Ryder Cup

It was riveting. Better yet, it was six hours riveting.

The Ryder Cup might be the best competition in all of sports. I’m not joking.

Could you watch a Red Sox-Yankees game for six hours? No. Five? Maybe.

The point is golf loses its holier-than-thou persona for this one weekend out of every 104 weekends. The quintessential individual sport is the ultimate team sport for three incredible days.

There is one problem, at least from our perspective. Europe is the USA’s daddy. And we, the USA, don’t like losing.

I was wrong about this past weekend. I thought the USA had turned the corner and wanted to win as badly as the Europeans did. But as was evidenced by Sunday’s results, 8.5 to 3-5, the other guys wanted it more. The European captain wanted it more, making tough decisions on a few golfers -- the guy who hit the eventual cup-clinching putt, Martin Kymer, and teammate Peter Hanson, played in only one match on Friday or Saturday, something that wouldn’t happen on the USA team.

Simply put, in the end, Europe wanted it more. Again.

Well, I have a remedy to fix that, because I believe the USA has more talent than Europe and should win the Ryder Cup three out of every four outings.

Here’s my remedy:

1. Pick a real captain

The USA Ryder Cup captain selection process has turned into a “It’s his turn” affair. If you’re winning it every other two years, that’s OK. That’s not the current situation.

While Davis Love III is one of the nicest and most respected people in the sport, his comment about “I put guys together with guys they were comfortable with” sort of let the cat out of the bag. The players rule the roost.

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