8th October 1998)
spoiling the Ryder Cup says Woods, O'Meara
Andrews, Scotland - The pressure cooker atmosphere of the
Ryder Cup is spoiling the biennial showpiece, Americans Tiger Woods
and Mark O'Meara said on Thursday.
the media had made the Ryder Cup "a life or death" event.
out as a friendly match between Britain and Ireland and us. Now
it's not that way any more.
(at the Dunhill Cup) the fans appreciate the good shots but if you
hit a bad shot you're not going to hear the boos, the hissing or
the moaning that you do at the Ryder Cup. It's a completely different
captained the United States to a 3-0 win over England on the opening
day of the Alfred
Dunhill Cup at St Andrews, said the Ryder Cup had become far
become a spectacular event, I'm not denying that," said O'Meara.
"It's a special event ... but whether you win or lose shouldn't
depict what kind of human being you are.
there have been things written in the press (about players) that
the atmosphere at the Dunhill Cup was "competitive, serious
but still very gentlemanly."
does happen a little in the Ryder Cup but I would like to see more
of it. I'd like to see both teams come together instead of being
to be more of an enjoyable experience for both sides -- win, lose
and Woods said the Ryder Cup involved too many social functions
and hoped there would be fewer at next year's event in Boston.
to a social function every night in Valderrama last year,"
Woods said. "We had no time to ourselves.
said Marbella, the town nearby, was a great place but we really
wouldn't know and that's sad to say."
"There should be one opening, one reception and one dinner.
Last year at a Ryder Cup gala dinner there were 600 people being
served...We finally got served at 9:30pm.
was cold, it wasn't cooked and if you had eaten it you probably
would have got sick."