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Pros and cons of Woods, Ryder Cup


© St. Petersburg Times
published September 29, 2002

I disagree with the writer who thinks Tiger Woods should be left off the Ryder Cup team (Reader Views, Sept. 22). That's exactly what he wants. Then he could get millions in appearance money for playing in some no-name tournament somewhere else. In this era of greedy athletes he is by far the greediest. What is worse though are all the people who fall all over him.

Unless the PGA Tour changes its rules and allows appearance money, Tampa Bay area fans should not hold their breath waiting for Woods to play in any local tournaments. But please, continue to buy Buicks and Nike products.
-- Jeff Naret, Palm Harbor

Stop bad mouthing Tiger Woods, the greatest golfer of this century. The Ryder Cup is a farce and a joke. The media are building this up into something it can never be. Woods knows this and so do all the PGA pros. It should be either replaced or done away with .
-- Russell J Montminy, Spring Hill

The Ryder Cup is not the U.S. Open or the British Open. It originally was intended as a friendly match between the United States and British golfers. But the media has hyped it to the point that you have boorish behavior exhibited by the U.S. golfers during the last match.

Tiger Woods is merely stating what the Ryder Cup should be: a friendly, relaxing exchange between golfers from two different regions.

As for patriotism, those Americans who fought and died in our country's wars are patriots and heroes, not someone who plays in a golf tournament.
-- Bill Bravick, New Port Richey

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