WHEN THEY COME TO TAKE YOU DOWN: RYDER CUP FALLOUT CONTINUES
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).