Tuesday 10 December 2019

Pavin sits on fence in 'extra day' debate

Liam Kelly

THE time has come to seriously consider making the Ryder Cup a four-day event.

Colin Montgomerie indicated earlier in the week that he could see advantages to the idea, and, on a practical level, he noted that it would be an extra day of ticket sales, advertising and entertainment to help the bean-counters.

Much is made of the long delay for players in getting to tee it up in Ryder Cup week, with time split between the practice ground and press conferences of various levels of tedium.

They arrive on Monday, but don't play until Friday. And then, of course, as we have found, the weather and daylight hours can have a bearing on the outcome.

Surely spectators would welcome the chance to watch real action on a Thursday instead of practice?

I wondered what Corey Pavin would think of the idea, so I asked him.

The man must have a genuine opinion on something, even if it's only the weather, but in typical fashion, he waffled away without really revealing anything.

"Well, I think I don't make those decisions.

"I think that, you know, this is kind of the way it's been for a long time and it's kind of neat to have it condensed like it is in three days. It's pretty exciting.

"But that's not for me to decide. I can have input into it behind closed doors, but it's nothing that I truly wish to share at the moment," he replied.

If you want a secret kept, Corey's your man.

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