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Golf: Another Sad Case of Sour Grapes

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Stan Sutherland
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“In 2012, after the American meltdown at Medinah, Mickelson and the entire American team failed to go to the European team room for the traditional toast to the winners. Captain Davis Love III went alone to congratulate the Europeans.” writes John Feinstein.
 
Gracious losers?
Given that I believe it was Vince Lombardi who said, “Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.” and that in my experience it is very much an American attitude perhaps the US Ryder Cup team can be forgiven for their inability to graciously accept defeat.
 
John Feinstein writes, “The one Ryder Cup skill the U.S. has yet to master.
For all the losing the Americans have endured in the Ryder Cup, you'd think they'd know how to do it graciously.”
 
On the other hand
“When the United States hammered Europe 17-11 in the 2016 Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine National, the European team had nothing but good things to say about the Americans.
 
“I went home and watched a replay on television,” Rory McIlroy said later. “As I watched I realized they did to us what we had done to them over the years: They made every clutch putt. They deserved to win. They were better than us that weekend.”
 
On Sunday night, when the matches were over, the Europeans trooped into the American team room to toast their victory and to thank them for being hospitable hosts. There were warm speeches and handshakes and hugs all around.”
 
As they say in France
I'm thinking that it's possible a critical French-speaking golf correspondent viewing the US team’s after match performance at Le Golf National may have said, “Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.” The more things change, the more they stay the same.
 
In spite of the efforts of their Task Force philosophy the Americans still have lots to learn.
John Feinstein writes, If you look closely at what the Task Force did after the 2014 matches it really came down to this: It recommended copying everything Europe had been doing for years in terms of selecting captains and vice-captains, and took the selection of the captain out of the hands of the PGA president and put it into the hands of the players.” 
 
Link to John Feinstein 
 
Quote of the Day
“The water was apparently unplayable, too.” - John Feinstein’s take on Phil Mickelson’s remark that the rough at Le Golf National was, “virtually unplayable”  
 
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