The Loop

Monty or Ollie? Flip a coin

January 24, 2009

Does it really matter whether Jose Maria Olazabal or Colin Montgomerie will be penciling in Sergio and Padraig at the 2010 Ryder Cup? Isn't it considerably less important who's calling the shots than who's hitting them?

The European captaincy nonetheless has generated a controversy. The headline to John Hopkins' story in the TimesOnline: Olazábal's whim threatens to derail Monty's foregone conclusion.

Here's a solution (other than flipping a coin): Given the role that hype has assumed in sports, choose the man who's likely to garner more attention. Advantage, the mercurial Monty.

-- John Strege