Like: The quote in the Edinburgh Scotsman this week by European PGA chief Sandy Jones (above, right) calling for a Ryder Cup return to the “core values of the match—the integrity, the respect, not squeezing every penny out of it.” Interesting words coming from the guy who has presided over matches at The K Club and Celtic Manor, two sites where money seems to have been more important than course quality. But maybe he’s feeling remorseful, and that’s good.
Don’t Like: Jones’s contentious comments in the same article about the choice of Tom Watson as U.S. Captain: “That was a (PGA of America President) Ted Bishop thing. Ted said he needed a captain that knows how to win. Are you telling me that Jack Nicklaus doesn’t know how to win, or Corey Pavin, or Davis Love? And then for Ted to say ‘We need someone that understands European golf and Scottish golf.’ Well, Gleneagles is an American style course….if you really wanted someone who knew Gleneagles, why not get Nicklaus? Jack built the bloody course." Bishop’s reply, sadly, was no better. In a prepared statement he said, “There are a lot of things Sandy and I don’t see eye to eye on, which is a good thing if you are me….It’s obvious from his comments that he is somewhat worried about the outcome of this year’s Ryder Cup and if I were in his shoes, I would be too.” Nice core values, guys.
By: George Peper