Truth and Rumors: Monty snubs Wales, America stinks at golf and Oosty's still in shock

This Just in: America Stinks at GolfYou could feel it starting with all of those "English Invasion"
stories at the beginning of the year: whispers that we were entering a
new era in golf, one where the United States was no longer the (or even
a) force to be reckoned with on the PGA Tour. At first I thought it was
pure conjecture, but Art Spander of realclearsports.com is ready to
make it official
: We suck.

It is an accepted premise the United States, until proven differently,
isn't going to be a winner in soccer. From a parochial view, tennis is
rather hopeless, other than Ms. Serena. Now we can't play golf, at
least as well as the rest of the world.
Still, there is that event called the Ryder Cup, the biennial
competition between Europe and the U.S., this year scheduled in October
in Wales, and the results figure to be deflating for America.

Even if the U.S. has the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the world
rankings, a placement order which is not going to last very long, Tiger
Woods, No. 1, was bewildered by the greens at the British Open at St.
Andrews where he had won the last two in succession, and tied for 23rd.
After a competent 67 the first round Tiger never mattered.
Phil Mickelson, No. 2, and about to be overtaken in the rankings by
Lee Westwood, was bewildered by everything and tied for 48th. Steve
Stricker came in 55th, unimpressive for the No. 5 player in the world.

Tiger may say as he did when confronted with the non-American
revolution, "I just know them as players," but in Britain they relish
them as homeboys stomping on the United States and giving a lie to the
thought the PGA Tour is the superior golf circuit.

Westwood, the Englishman who's a close No. 3 in the world, took a
poke, good-natured that it might have been, at the decline of American
players.
At the British Golf Writers dinner prior to the Open, Westwood
congratulated PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on Steve Sticker's win
a few days earlier at the John Deere Classic and said, "Lovely to see
an American win on your tour."

It hurts. But it hits. Including the Open, an official event as part
of both tours, non-Americans have won nine of the last of 12 PGA
events. Rory McIlroy, Westwood, Justin Rose (twice), Adam Scott,
McDowell holding trophies but not a U.S. passport. And no American came
in higher than seventh at St. Andrews.

Golf, as many sports, is cyclical. But it will be a long while until this cycle of non-American success in golf is broken.













America's last Ryder Cup competitors


got that, Poulter? Wale(s) of a snub?

someone
announced his choices yesterday offend an entire country
WELSH sport was last night involved in a second buggygate row with
the omission of 2002 Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price from Colin
Montgomerie’s Celtic Manor plans.

Instead, the 47-year-old Scot is banking on rugby legend Gareth Edwards
and 40,000 fans to provide the Welsh cheer as Europe bid to wrest back
the trophy from Corey Pavin’s grip.
Price was widely expected to be named one of Montgomerie’s
vice-captains yesterday and, though the choice of Denmark’s Thomas
Bjorn and Irishman Paul McGinley was expected, the European skipper
sprang something of a surprise by plumping for Northern Ireland’s
Darren Clarke to ride the third buggy.

Montgomerie has insisted he wants Welsh involvement at the Celtic
Manor, but with Bradley Dredge and Rhys Davies struggling to make it on
the playing front, Price seemed to obvious choice among the backroom
staff.
He was a key figure at the Belfry eight years ago beating world No
2 Phil Mickelson in a famous victory and, being a member of the Twenty
Ten Course at the Newport resort, his in-depth knowledge of the Celtic
Manor layout would have proved invaluable to the European cause.



There he said: “As a past Ryder Cup player at the Belfry in 2002,
we all know how well Phil did on the Sunday, in particular, and he’s
one of my potential candidates to be in the backroom staff here.

“That’s of course if he doesn’t perform well enough to make the team on his own merit.
“If I don’t have a Welsh representative on the course playing, I’d like
to have a Welsh help in the background and it’s very good for
everybody.

“Nearly 70% of the spectators here next year will be Welsh and it’s
only right to encourage my backroom staff to be of that nationality.”








Oosty still in shock New York Post's you're not the only one
British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, clutching the Claret Jug that's his to keep for the next year, still wore a look of disbelief yesterday morning when he met with reporters the day after his life-changing victory.

"I put it next to my bed [Sunday] night, and after my friends and everyone had it, and I woke up this morning and I looked at it, you know, and I immediately grabbed the phone and texted Chubby Chandler, my agent, saying, 'I've got this funny old jug next to my bed,'" Oosthuizen joked. "Man, oh man. That was special waking up next to it. It was good."

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