Thursday 22 March 2018

Thank God for the Ryder Cup

WHEN players and spectators tried to shelter from the rain, groundsmen worked valiantly to clear water from the course, and the organisers were forced to arrange an extra day's play, it hardly looked as if the Ryder Cup would end in the joyful excitement that glowed on the world's television screens yesterday. And no matter how firmly the fans might draw a decent veil over recent unhappy things, it hardly looked as if top golfers, as famed for their wealth as for their toughness and skill, could be transformed not only into heroes but lovable heroes.

But so it turned out at Celtic Manor yesterday. With the result of the meeting between the United States and Europe in doubt almost to the very end, Graeme McDowell, one of three Irishmen on the European team, settled the issue.

His American opponent wept, proving that golfers are human. Others, too, shed tears, but they were tears of happiness.

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