The opening of the Ryder Cup gave us an inkling of what team golf would be like, week after week.
Squads of competing pros, crowds going nuts, and the loud and, at times, unseemly voices of partisan rooters transforming our staid pastime into one of those “other sports” that the game prides itself on not replicating.
While I suppose the fan’s behavior at the Cup is okay once every two years (okay, once a year if you want to count the Presidents Cup – but it doesn’t create nearly the passion), but I would never want to see this kind of raucous behavior at a major championship.
And it is okay to cheer for Europe’s bad shots, or team USA. if that’s your pleasure, from the comfort of your home. Hopefully, however, this brand of sportsmanship won’t be repeated on the course, as Colin Montgomerie fears. “What you find is that playing away from home in America when they want the (Ryder Cup) back is a difficult place to have to play golf. I do hope that everyone realizes that and allows the Europeans to play to their potential.” Most will, but there will certainly be that element that will revel in the Euros miscues.
As for experiencing the crowds during this weekend’s Ryder Cup telecast – if you get a kick out of this home team inspired madness, then you are going to really enjoy the cup. If not so much, then I suggest that you adopt an attitude of acceptance. As Tiger Woods might say, “It is what it is.” So buckle up and enjoy the ride.