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WHEN THEY COME TO TAKE YOU DOWN: RYDER CUP FALLOUT CONTINUES
Published September 29, 1999
PGA of America officials said yesterday that they "will do everything they can to keep players on either team from being heckled during future" Ryder Cup competitions in the U.S. and Europe, according to Leonard Shapiro of the WASHINGTON POST. PGA of America CEO Jim Awtrey, on crowd- control at The Brookline Country Club in MA: "I thought it was horrible conduct, there's no question about that. ... We've got to take these people out of the crowd and out the gate." He blamed the incidents on a "vocal but very small minority" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/29). European captain Mark James said European golfers may refuse to play in future Ryder Cups in the U.S. after the treatment they received last weekend. James: "A lot of players will not be bothered competing in America again. Certainly that is the case with me. It's not something I would look forward to. We don't need to be treated like this" (AP, 9/28). In the LONDON TELEGRAPH, Colin Montgomerie wrote an Op-Ed calling for the banning of alcohol from future Ryder Cup events: "The drink angle is huge, yet I learned over the weekend that Michelob beer is to be the official drink at the next Ryder Cup. To me, that does not make sense" (LONDON TELEGRAPH, 9/28). COVER BOYS: A shot of Justin Leonard celebrating after his putt on the 17th hole on Sunday appears on the cover of this week's SI under the header, "The Putt Heard 'Round The World" (10/4 issue)....In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley writes that after his performance last week, NBC's Johnny Miller "proved again -- and he doesn't have to prove anything -- that he is among the best commentators in TV sports broadcasting. The reason? He tells us what he thinks, and he says out loud what we're thinking" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/29). Miller, on his comment Saturday that Leonard should have "stayed home" and watched the matches on TV: "I probably shouldn't have said it. It just popped out. Bogey. Maybe double bogey. But the idea still was OK" (L.A. TIMES, 9/29).