“It’ll be great boss: We’ll tell everyone this is the U.S. versus England. Well, Scotland and Ireland too. Maybe a few people from Europe but no Asians. No Africans. Definitely no South and Central Americans or Mexicans. Of course, no Canadians. Whaddaya think?” Sapakoff’s words. Consider a marketing pitch designed to capture the global interest in the most prominent team event in golf, and it sounds like such. It brings the Ryder Cup to mind.
The same old buzz about the upcoming U.S. vs. Europe clash come September 21-26 at Whistling Straits dominated the recent PGA Championship. All this after the Covid-19 pandemic that united the globe as one. When they talk of the Ryder Cup is dutifully international. It backslides from the dully growing sport’s diversity. Logic demands an International event to be more inclusive, better, and wiser. Better and wiser by fixing the team display that prohibits the world’s people of color.
There has been a clear demonstration from nationalities to cross the demographic lines for Unity. Both sides of the team, the U.S. and Europe, are flexible with the status quo. Ask anyone from golf fans to the Presidents themselves about the Presidents Cup and be slapped with silence. We need a revised Ryder Cup that bears golf’s recent outreach efforts. Golf only wins with a more inclusive version.