On sodden Irish
turf, the golf division of the booming European Union won the Ryder Cup for the
fifth time in six meetings. The victors dominated the day with 12 players who
refer to matches as games. The twelvesome included three native sons, five
Brits, two hug-happy Spaniards and two Swedes, shepherded by a Welshman who
looks like your grandmother and who filled out lineup cards like Joe Torre.
What used to be a U.S. specialty is now a Euro domain
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GOATS & HEROES
PGA of America, for its method of selecting the team. In other sports coaches
pick all their players.
(right) and Jim Furyk had to get ahead early in their matches for the U.S. to
have a chance at a comeback.
The Oddballs Had
Garc�a, Harrington and Karlsson won, the Euros could have gone unbeaten in
singles for the first time.
Colin Montgomerie, the ancient warrior who, carrying the burden of unfulfilled
career expectations, now has a 6-0-2 record in Ryder Cup singles.
who at the closing ceremonies walked in with her husband on one arm and Darren
Clarke on the other.
Bill Clinton, for
strolling among the American players, who likely voted against him, showing
golf isn't just for Republicans.