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Ryder Cup: Euros 'greatest achievement to make the U.S. care'

February 29, 2016

Keegan Bradley summed up the U.S. Ryder Cup dinner that Jack Nicklaus hosted at his home last week as “changing the culture. It was to let all the guys know that this time around it will be executed differently.” Derek Lawrenson, writing of the dinner in the Daily Mail, wonders what the Europeans think of it. “There was a time when we needed it more, we were the country cousins and wanted to prove ourselves,” Padraig Harrington said. “But, perhaps the greatest achievement of all by the Europeans over the years is to make the US care. And, as we’re seeing, now they really care.”

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“Sergio Garcia fattened his already-rich bank account by $658,800 for his runner-up finish the Honda Classic on Sunday…He’ll move up the world rankings from his No. 19 spot. And he walked away — in his words — ‘happy with my week.’ After the disappointing, demoralizing and anticlimactic 1-over 71 round Garcia shot in Sunday’s final round left him one shot behind winner Adam Scott, there’s something else that he’ll carry with him from PGA National down the Florida Turnpike to Doral for this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship: More scar tissue,” Mark Cannizzaro writes in the New York Post.

“Bizarre, surreal and exclusive, Pyongyang Golf Course sits between a rock and a hard place, providing a morally conflicting spot of fun within an otherwise dark, oppressive nation of well publicised human rights violations. Situated across arguably the most secretive border on earth, the course is guarded by well over ten million active, reserve and paramilitary personnel and requires express permission to visit — Augusta eat your heart out. Technically a public course, you won’t find a soul here, it’s played only by a handful of the regime’s elite, and well…open to tourists both crazy enough to find themselves within North Korea and who want to play golf. Apparently that’s rare,” Elliott writes in Earth Nutshell about playing the only course in North Korea.