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Daly not keen on Ryder Cup any more

John Daly has given the Ryder Cup the thumbs down, saying it had moved away from the game's traditions and was marred by booing.

"I couldn't care less about playing in a competition where you're going to get booed," the American said on the eve of the BMW International starting on Thursday.

The biennial contest has been soured by booing fans, and two years ago American players, caddies and wives invaded the 17th green to celebrate victory before Europe's Jose Maria Olazabal had putted out to try to save the match.

Daly, who is not playing in next month's Ryder Cup at The Belfry in England, said: "It's got to the point where we might as well put boxing gloves on and beat the hell out of each other instead of going out and playing the game.

"It's turned out to be more a rivalry that I don't like at all. The Ryder Cup needs to be more friendly. This game wasn't invented or played to boo anybody.

"I think the Ryder Cup is a great tournament but it's really gotten away from the tradition of the game.

"The Ryder Cup has shown me no tradition because of the way the fans have been booing.

"Our PGA and the PGA of Europe has not done a good job of stopping that and I think it's something to be looked at because it's a game of competition in a nice way, not a mean way, like it's turned out to be."

Daly added: "I've got a great history going as the only player to win two majors and not play in the Ryder Cup."

Europe's Colin Montgomerie responded to Daly's comments about the boxing gloves by saying: "That's just John Daly speak and that's not what we're about.

"The players get on very, very well together and let's hope the crowd can perform in the way we hope.

"I think the rivalry is as strong as ever and that's how it should remain, but friendly rivalry as opposed to some other ones we've played in before."


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