THERE has been plenty of self-congratulating after the sporting way in which this year’s Ryder Cup was conducted.
Healthy competition and the will to win, but all tied together with respect.
That’s all lovely, but let us be frank; when taking on a great rival such as the United States, we like a bit of spice.
A bit of needle to stir up the occasion.
That is why the appointment of Tom Watson as American captain for the 2014 competition in Gleneagles was under-whelming.
Watson is a gentleman, a legendary golfer and someone even the most patriotic of Brit has cheered down the fairways at various majors.
The 63-year-old’s near-miss in the 2009 Open was met with the same disappointment as if it had been one of our own losing out in the play-off to Stewart Cink.
Should Europe win again in just less than two years then we’ll probably end up feeling sorry for old Tom.