Apparently a certain opinionated golfer who is experiencing a ban on this blog has created a stir with his criticism of those players who were eligible for the Vivendi Trophy but who are not competing. Golfers such as Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood apparently chose not to compete as opposed to Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer who reportedly have injuries and that certain opinionated (aka loud mouthed) golfer feels that it's just deplorable that those who were eligible chose not to participate - blah, blah, blah.
My opinion: I wouldn't get to see some of the up and coming European players if Westwood, Garcia and Poulter were playing. And, these up and comers might appreciate the extra experience that this event is giving them. Next fall when we are all talking Ryder Cup, we are going to be looking at the lists and saying "gee, a winning European team can be selected from anyone in the top 30." Without these up and comers gaining this valuable experience now, we might have to cut that list down to the top 20 or 15. It's better for Europe to give as many people as possible the experience of team competition. It's too bad that certain opinionated (aka loud mouthed) golfer's perspective is so narrow in scope that he can't see the positive side to this week's competition.