The Writers Cup

Wednesday September 17th, 2008

So, you're looking for signs, no matter how meaningless, that may tip you to who's going to win the Ryder Cup. I've got one. Granted, it's not a scientific indicator, but neither is betting on the mutt that relieves itself on the track before a dog race, and that happens all the time.
On Tuesday, a group of American golf writers dispatched a posse of European golf writers in the Rolex Writers Cup, played at nearby Big Spring Country Club. The format was modified Stableford scoring, not match play, and each team used its best 11 scores. The final: United States 318, Europe 258. A sound thumping. Not even close.

American team captain Hank Gola, of the New York Daily News, hoisted the cup to applause and muted cheers in the Big Spring clubhouse afterward.

But let's be fair. Since this Stableford format has been used, the home team of writers has won every time. The reason? Tuesday, the Americans fielded 19 players, the Euros barely managed to get 11 to the course. It's a numbers game that favors the home team, which always has a bigger lineup.

So what does it really mean? Probably nothing. But if you see a Ryder Cup player relieve himself on the way to the first tee Friday, well...
 

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