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Wednesday 5th of October 2016

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WEDNESDAY 5.10.16 SUBSCRIBE 1. Who first decided that the 'WAGS' had to wear matching outfits… and why? If this was Strict- ly Come Dancing I'd understand, but these are women who have nothing to do with the golf. Do we see 'HABS' at the Solheim Cup, all dressed in identical uniforms? No! So why do we need to see the women? Apparently the Loro Piana luxury brand was chosen by Alison Clarke as the official supplier to the WAGs this year. (I had to look that up.) Seriously, why? It's like Wimbledon where cameramen are told to focus on pretty women (or just nutters wearing outfits for the criminally insane) during the men's matches. We must have totty the produc- ers cry. Heaven forfend that the Ryder Cup doesn't include some sex appeal. 2. Why are fans allowed to start drinking at 7.30 in the morning? Come on, who didn't read Pete Willett's comments about the US fans and think 'ouch… that's harsh' and then nod in agreement? The testosterone, alcohol-fuelled par- tisanship bubbles over when the Ryder Cup visits the USA, and it is becoming both disgusting and unacceptable. And what's with the outfits? Those nutters from Wimble- don have been breeding again. 3. What do Mashed Potato and Baba-booey have to do with golf? And what do they actually mean? In two years time, in France, can we agree that all European fans shout 'pan au chocolat' every time Patrick Reed starts his crazed fist-pumping, chest beating routine. Or maybe 'French Fries' would be more appropriate. 4. Why does a team of 12 golfers require one Captain and five Vice Captains? Is it so that between them they can hold the hand of two golfers as they sit around a campfire singing Kumbaya? Let me list the European contingent: Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington, Sam Torrance, Thomas Bjorn, and Paul Lawrie. The Americans also had five: Tiger Woods, Jim Fu- ryk, Steve Stricker, Tom Lehman, and Bubba Watson. Why not just put those 10 in the ring and let them slug it out. My money's on Lehman. He's got that Game-of- Every time I watch the Ryder Cup I'm left with burning questions and a certain level of resentment. And it has little to do with the golf. By Kevin Markham RYDER CUP QUESTIONS David Lloyd |

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