Professional men's golf in America was
smart enough last week to just get the hell
out of the way. But as news goes, that was
College football kicked into high gear
and the Notre Dame haters are still grin-
ning. The NFL season finally began and
the bookmakers are still winning. The U.S.
Open commanded tennis' biggest stage in
New York and the guys were still trying to
find a champion as late as Monday.
So the PGA Tour smartly downshifted into
a scheduled off week. The FedExCup Play-
offs resume Thursday to the great anticipa-
tion of a disappointingly disappointed few.
None of which made a dram of difference
on the other side of the pond where English-
man Simon Dyson won impressively for the
third time in the Netherlands on Sunday.
And the Great Britain and Ireland side out-
lasted the Yanks in a taut, thrilling Walker
Cup contested at nasty Royal Aberdeen amid
the howling winds, the evil gorse and the
chilling rains of northeast Scotland.
GB&I won 14-12 thanks to, among
other things, the crafty captaining of Nigel
Edwards, the fearlessness of a Welsh teen
named Rhys Pugh and the undefeated
weekend of Ulsterman Paul Cutler.
What a surprise: another player from
Northern Ireland rising to another grand
occasion. McDowell, McIlroy, Clarke, and
now Cutler. They will be dancing once again
on the tiles in the pubs of Belfast until the
Guinness runs low or Mourne Mountains
tumble into the Irish Sea at high tide.
Local heroes are the best kind.
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