- 4 Sep 06, 06:41 PM
LONDON - Oh dear. Ian Woosnam has only read out the names of two players and he seems to have sparked off massive negativity among European Ryder Cup fans.
Everyone's going to have their own views on who should/should not make the side, and that's fair enough, but following up Iain Carter's thoughts from Munich, many of you seem worried by the captain's conduct so far.
He doesn't come across particularly media savvy, as seen last week when he accidentally let slip that Darren Clarke was a distinct wildcard possibility.
And his style of man-management may appear less-than slick, such as informing Thomas Bjorn in the hotel bar he had missed out.
There's also been criticism that he has not sought the advice of 2004 captain Bernhard Langer.
And we've even had early comparisons with American captain "hapless" Hal Sutton from two years ago.
You could argue that his initial lapses - not serious on their own - are forewarnings of a greater disaster, PR or otherwise.
But none of this will matter a jot if Europe win on the golf course.
I spoke to South African great Gary Player this afternoon for an interview ahead of the Ryder Cup and he insists there is a lot of "rubbish" written about the event.
"He’s got nothing to contact Bernhard Langer about," said the 70-year-old South African, who is a two-time President's Cup skipper.
"He's the captain now, he must make his own decisions. He's the new leader."
I also had a word with Phil Price, who beat Phil Mickelson in the singles in 2002, and he didn't reckon the team's morale would be at all affected by Bjorn's stinging criticism of Woosnam after he was overlooked.
"It’s a shame because Thomas Bjorn is very good friends with Lee Westwood," said Price. "And I expected Westwood to be the pick over Thomas anyway, so I'm surprised Thomas has done that. But I don't think it will be remembered when the guys get to the K Club."
Player added: "These are seasoned pros, they know what it takes. You don’t have to tell them how important it is to win. They know exactly what they're in for. The less you say to them the better."
Looks like plenty of you will be hoping that's the case at the K Club.
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