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2012 Ryder Cup Survey

Your views on all things Ryder Cup, from gamesmanship to pressure to the appeal of eavesdropping

October 2012

1.
On the first tee of your four-ball match, your partner coughs during Graeme McDowell's backswing. You blanch, but your partner murmurs, "It's OK, Seve used to do it." Your response:
(a) "That's poor sportsmanship, pards. Don't do it again."..........84.0%
(b) Shrug and, like Seve, attribute the coughing to allergies.......16.0%

2.
At the presentation ceremony, you spot the guy in the bird costume beginning to charge the podium. You're the only one who sees him. Your reaction:
(a) Yank him aside, as the USGA's Mike Davis did.....................................50.7%
(b) Taser him.....................39.3%
(c) Caw along with him....10.0%

3.
You're the general manager of the NBC affiliate in a major U.S. city. As Tiger Woods settles over a six-footer to win the Ryder Cup, you get a call that an F5 tornado is bearing down on your city. It's your call:
(a) Stay with the action and order a screen crawl......................67.0%
(b) Go to the studio and your chief meteorologist.........33.0%

4.
Do you feel patriotic about the Ryder Cup?
(a) Not at all...............................................10.3%
(b) A little...................................................24.0%
(c) "U-S-A! U-S-A!"..................................51.8%
(d) "O-lé, O-lé, O-lé, O-lé! O-lé, O-lé!".....13.9%


5.
You have the option of a free pass to watch the entire week of the Ryder Cup, or a chance to eavesdrop on the conversation in each team room the night before the singles competition. Which do you choose?
(a) I'm watching golf.........83.2%
(b) Give me the gossip......16.8%

6.
Which tweak to the format would you most like to see?
(a) No overall tie. Sudden-death playoff, each side with one player chosen by captains....55.6%
(b) Captains alternate naming match competitors, as they do in the Presidents Cup..........29.7%
(c) Dump the foursomes (alternate shot). Terrible format that nobody plays.........................14.7%

7.
You're the head of the PGA of America. Augusta National informs you it would love to host the Ryder Cup, but only if all the profit goes to charity. Do you accept?
(a) Yes .......69.7%
(b) No........30.3%

8.
For Americans only: Which would you prefer to have on your résumé at the end of your playing career?
(a) Five Presidents Cup appearances but zero Ryder Cup appearances......22.0%
(b) One Ryder Cup appearance but zero Presidents Cup appearances........78.0%

9.
Which player, in his prime, would you most fear playing in the Ryder Cup?
(a) Seve Ballesteros ...........33.8%
(b) Nick Faldo ...................4.9%
(c) Jack Nicklaus ...............25.3%
(d) Colin Montgomerie......5.8%
(e) Tiger Woods.................30.2%

10.
Which player, in his prime, would you most enjoy beating in the Ryder Cup?
(a) Seve Ballesteros...........22.4%
(b) Nick Faldo....................7.4%
(c) Jack Nicklaus ...............9.0%
(d) Colin Montgomerie......15.8%
(e) Tiger Woods.................45.4%

11.
In the 1971 Ryder Cup, Bernard Gallacher's caddie so admired a tee shot hit by Arnold Palmer on the par-3 seventh hole that he asked Palmer which club he hit. Palmer replied, "A 5-iron." A match referee overheard the exchange and awarded Palmer and partner Gardner Dickinson the hole to put them 2 up, and they went on to win. Reaction?
(a) Rules are rules............54.7%
(b) Give me a break ........45.3%

12.
Which five-foot putt would you rather make:
(a) One to win the Ryder Cup .........10.1%
(b) One to win the Masters...............58.6%
(c) One to win the U.S. Open...........16.7%
(d) One to win the British Open.......14.4%
(e) One to win the PGA....................0.2%

13.
Despite Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson's 0-2 record together in the 2004 Ryder Cup, would you pair them again?
(a) Sure.........................................................17.2%
(b) Oil and water still don't mix, do they?....82.8%

14.
In 1967, U.S. captain Ben Hogan got up, introduced his players and said only one more line before sitting down: "Ladies and gentlemen, the United States Ryder Cup team--the finest golfers in the world." Reaction?
(a) A tad pompous, no?........27.5%
(b) No brag, just fact............72.5%

15.
Which situation would make you the most nervous?
(a) Having a five-foot putt in the Ryder Cup: Make it and you win;
miss it and you lose............63.5%
(b) Getting married.............6.0%
(c) Skydiving......................30.5%

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