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Five years ago, Rory McIlroy expressed ambivalence toward the Ryder Cup, even calling it an exhibition. Today? "Once you've been part of it, you know it's the ultimate buzz," he says in this story by Derek Lawrenson in the Daily Mail.
Rory McIlroy practicing for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles (Getty Images photo)
"[Victor] Dubuisson does not have Seve's craving to be the centre of attention. He would rather be the new Garbo. He wants to be alone. He is Europe's brooding, temperamental, enigmatic, international man of mystery. Hardly ideal attributes to bring to the team room," Paul Mahoney of the Independent writes in this story on the Ryder Cup rookie.
Three weeks ago, the wife of Matt Kuchar's caddie, Lance Bennett, unexpectedly died of a seizure, leaving behind a husband and four-year-old daughter. This week, Bennett returns to work for Kuchar, at the Ryder Cup. "Amid the feverish tribal urgings that will be on show at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, a thought needs to be spared for a brave American caddie," Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mail.
Laura Davies is thrilled that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club finally will admit women. "I remember as a young golfer when I was about 15, you weren't even allowed to walk in front of the window [of the clubhouse]," she said. "You were allowed on the course but not in front of the men's bar. That sort of thing has gone by the board now." Rob Hoskin of givemesport.com writes.
It's not an uncommon story, those who buy houses adjacent to a golf course then complain about the number of golf balls that infiltrate their property. One such family who moved into a $3.4 million house has sued Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., and, should the family prevail in court, "I think the negative impact of this becoming a precedent would be significant," Metropolitan Golf Association executive director Jay Mottola says in this story by Mike Dougherty of the Journal-News.