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REVIEWS FOR THE RYDER CUP -- A GOLF PURIST'S DREAM?

     Reviews are in for NBC's handling of the Ryder Cup.  In New
York, Richard Sandomir calls the event "the perfect televised
golf tournament" and says "NBC's production usually captured its
essence."  He does note, however, that NBC's on-course reporters
"faltered in some of their interview work" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/26).
In Boston (where NBC got its top rating -- a 7.3 overall), Jack
Craig writes, "Blessed are the announcers who say little and shun
adjectives, and that was the case in spades for all of the Ryder
Cup telecasts" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/26).  GOLF DIGEST  Senior Editor
Peter McCleery, in a piece carried on The Microsoft Network,
writes that NBC Producer Tommy Roy "basically needed to show more
golf and eliminate some of the fluff."  McCleery also was
critical of NBC's interviewers, writing, "Too bad [SI's Rick]
Reilly can't stick around to do interviews of players, because
NBC's other crew members are hopeless" (The Microsoft Network).
Jimmy Roberts:  "It was three days of pure sport, with hardly a
logo to be found" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/25).
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