While the propriety of the Greg Norman-Mark McCumber incident was the No. 1 topic of conversation at the World Series, Lee Janzen's failure to be named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team also continued to generate debate. Many feel that Janzen, who along with Norman is the only three-time winner on Tour this season, should have been chosen ahead of captain Lanny Wadkins's picks of Curtis Strange and Fred Couples. Since his U.S. Open victory in 1993, Janzen finished in the top 10 in 11 tournaments and won six of them, a remarkable accomplishment. The SI Closing Average (accompanying box) shows that Janzen is batting 1.000 in events he has led after the third round, while Strange hasn't been to the plate and Couples is hitless. The arguments against Janzen are also strong. He had ample opportunity to earn Ryder Cup points, yet skipped one of the final qualifying events (Buick Open). Also, in the 1993 Ryder Cup, Janzen was the only American not to win a point. We asked SI Online subscribers if they thought Janzen should be on the team. Here is a sampling of the responses.
" Janzen should have been chosen. I hope Wadkins based his picks on experience and chemistry. I am worried about some of the guys who made it on points. Mickelson should give Janzen his spot."
"Strange's Ryder Cup record has been much better than Janzen's, who pulled an El Foldo in 1993."
"I always knew Lanny was a member of the Good Ol' Boys Golfing Network, but how can he put friendship over the national interest?"