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Message from the captains

Team Captains

Since its inception in 1927, The Ryder Cup Matches have embodied golf's high ideals of sportsmanship, honesty and integrity. Throughout the years, players have represented their countries and the game of golf with pride and honor.

While partisanship is natural, it is important to remember The Ryder Cup Matches are intended to be a friendly competition among the best golfers on two continents. The sportsmanship of the spectators plays a vital role in the continuing spirit and success of The Matches.

In order to preserve this great tradition, there should be no excessive partisanship by the gallery. While all good shot making should be applauded, the prospective misfortunes of an opposing player should never be celebrated. Nor should comments of any kind be made while a player prepares to make his shot.

On behalf of all the players, your cooperation in making The 35th Ryder Cup Matches the most memorable in history is greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the Matches!

Hal Sutton, Captain, Team USA
Bernhard Langer, Captain, Team Europe