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Michael Bamberger
September 24, 2012
Where is the hype for the game's greatest rivalry? Whom are you taking—Tiger or Rory—and would the powers that be dare to arrange a singles showdown? What makes Chicago such a great golf town? And who's going to take home Sam's trophy?
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September 24, 2012

Pga Tour Confidential

Where is the hype for the game's greatest rivalry? Whom are you taking—Tiger or Rory—and would the powers that be dare to arrange a singles showdown? What makes Chicago such a great golf town? And who's going to take home Sam's trophy?

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SHIPNUCK: Absolutely. He'd be all over that.

ANONYMOUS PRO: Why not Tom Watson again? He's not too old. Or Azinger? I don't know why the PGA of America has a problem with guys' being captain a second time. How many times did Tony Jacklin do it? That worked out pretty well. I was irritated when Azinger didn't get asked back for 2010.

BAMBERGER: Watson and Couples are inspired choices, but I'd ask Tiger. Being captain would force him to see the game through a new prism and see his peers in a whole new way. It would be good for him, and I think he'd be spectacular.

GARRITY: I'd pick the next captain by lottery. For assistant captain, I nominate the Magic 8-Ball. I don't buy into the whole captaining thing—the winner is hailed as the greatest mind since Christopher Hitchens, and the loser is led away in handcuffs. It's all nonsense.

THE WINNER IS ...

SHIPNUCK: I like the depth of the U.S. team. It's important because I could see Furyk and Mickelson playing only three matches each. They used to play five. More guys will get more at bats.

VAN SICKLE: Tiger may not play five times, either.

SHIPNUCK: The depth and the home crowd will make this a fantastic Ryder Cup that comes down to the last putt. It'll be supertight, then Tiger nips Rory in the last match and the U.S. wins 14½--13½.

GARRITY: I agree with Alan that the teams are evenly matched. So I'm picking a tie. I asked my Magic 8-Ball if it would be a tie, and the answer was, You can rely on it. So that makes it a certainty.

SHIPNUCK: A tie isn't really a tie. The Europeans keep the cup, so it's a victory for them.

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