Friday, January 19, 2007

As if you haven't heard enough Ryder Cup rubbish already, here's what it sounds like from me. I had the opportunity to interview European skipper Mark James during the PGA Championship and he expressed his surprise over the fact the issue was ever made public in the first place. No kidding. I don't think I have ever read so much misinformed opinion, overblown rhetoric, and downright stupid journalism in my life. It was, from a European standpoint, quite funny.

The PGA of America is a non-profit organization that every two years depends heavily on 12 players from the PGA Tour to help it fund its various programs. Some of these 12 players have recently expressed a desire to have a small percentage of the vast amount of money raised directed towards charities of their own choosing. Bearing in mind that the Ryder Cup would be a total disaster without the participation of these players, and the fact that no one wants to see 12 club pros take on Europe's best, the correct decision here would appear to be a no-brainer. Take about $1.2 million out of the 20 or so million profit that the Ryder Cup generates and donate $100,000 on behalf of each player to wherever the hell they want it to go, as long as it's for a good cause. And then get off the pot! Personally, I think the PGA does a great job, and works hard to make golf more accessible to kids, but I think that finding a cure for cystic fibrosis is considerably more important. That's where I'd send my $100,000.

It looks like the players will get what they want, thank god, but why did it take so long to get the correct response? I'll tell you why. Because of men. If you put my wife in charge of the PGA of America and a few of our moms on its Ryder Cup committee, there would have been none of the macho chest pounding, mine's bigger than yours politics, and for good measure, the locker rooms at Brookline would smell nice, and the team outfits might actually fit.

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