The Ryder Cup is one of the most savory items on the golf calendar, a country versus continent competition that rarely disappoints. Given the drama and lasting memories produced by the biennial matches, it is tempting to leave them alone and not mess with success.
Yet the event, which will be played for the 39th time later this month at Medinah CC outside Chicago, has continually evolved from the first one in 1927 -- changes big and small that have shaped how the teams are chosen and the contest is conducted. Here are five possible ways to tweak the Ryder Cup to improve and enliven one of sports' most compelling
spectacles and ensure it thrives in the 21st century.