Golf News for Thursday, September 1, 2005 | Daily Golf Blogs

Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam to Euros: Come home if you want to play for me

European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam is telling Euros to ditch their riches in America and come home to Europe, if they want to play on his team.

Euros get points in two ways: from the world rankings points and from European Tour results. It’s possible a European player could get a lot of world points, but lose out on the team if he doesn’t garner enough European Tour points.

“I will be speaking to them,” Woosnam told Reuters. “I want that sort of player in the team.”

Imagine the American Ryder Cup captain trying to fiddle with the schedules of American players. Imagine Tom Lehman telling Tiger Woods when and where to play.

It tells you a lot about the way the two respective teams approach the Ryder Cup. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad. I guess it depends on whether you're a nationalist or materialist.

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