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The careless behavior of professional golfers will jeopardize the Ryder Cup



The careless behavior of professional golfers will jeopardize the Ryder Cup

Next week, the future of this year’s Ryder Cup will be determined. While most other major sporting events have reduced their losses and postponed until 2021, the biggest golf team event has taken place, waiting to see whether the contest in the Whistling Strait, near Sheboygan, Wis., From September 22-27, can still continue up front.

That doesn’t look good.

Three of the four golf tournaments – Masters, PGA Championships and US Open – have been postponed, while the remaining, British Open Championships, have been canceled. Of course, most of the players who will be involved in the Whistling Strait prefer it to happen next year, especially if the fans can’t be there to watch it. “The Ryder Cup without fans is not the Ryder Cup,” said world No.1 Rory McIlroy during the Instagram Live event in April.

World number 1 golfer Rory McIlroy says the Ryder Cup is nothing without fans.
World number 1 golfer, Rory McIlroy, says the Ryder Cup is nothing without its fans.Getty Images

Meanwhile, many players also jeopardize the tournament with careless behavior. Playing outdoors in large open spaces with little or no physical contact and enough space to keep socially distanced, golf should theoretically be the best pandemic-proof sport. But, in reality, the game is about backslaps and bonhomies, and players and caddies have difficulty adjusting their behavior, not least because most are multimillionaires who aren’t used to being told what to do. Watch every coverage of the weekly tournament and you will see the players on the training ground working with their coaches unprotected. When Daniel Berger won the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 14 – the first PGA Tour event since it started again on June 11 – his immediate reaction was to hug his caddy.

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Maybe as a result, many players who are positive using COVID-19 or showing symptoms of a virus, have quit the Tour. At the Travelers Championship last week in Connecticut, for example, there were seven withdrawals, including a four-time top winner, Brooks Koepka, who pulled out because his caddy was positive. Rocket Mortgage Classic this weekend in Detroit has seen further withdrawals because Harry English, Dylan Frittelli and Chad Campbell have all tested positive. In the past two weeks, there have been six positive tests among the players, as well as some for caddies too.

Last week, the Ryder Cup player Justin Thomas told his colleagues get “a little lazy” in their approach to security and regulation issues.

Golfer Justin Thomas is concerned about the weak handling of sports from the coronavirus outbreak.
Ryder Cup golfer Justin Thomas claims that his colleagues are increasingly weak about the rules of social distance.Getty Images

At the same time, the PGA Tour has gone beyond and in an effort to ensure pro golf can still be played safely. They have helped players rent secure accommodation for tournaments and rent planes to transport competitors across the country. Even media members were given saliva and temperature tests when they arrived to cover the event.

Last week, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan issued directions to the players, reminding them that “failure to comply with our safety protocol will result in disciplinary action.” But, in fact, there is little that Tour can do to keep an eye on the pros of the track. They cannot determine which gym players are used (even though they have used an official mobile gym for them) nor can they determine what restaurant they eat or the bar where they drink. Simply put, this is a matter of trust.

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As it happens, it is very unlikely this tournament will continue, which will be a huge disappointment not only for golf fans but for all Americans and Europeans, who together have lost more than 300,000 people due to COVID-19. The Ryder Cup, however, is not about collecting great prizes – it’s about showing national pride. It’s a shame the players can’t focus on that and make the tournament a success rather than putting their own selfish habits first.

Gavin Newsham is a British sports writer and winner of the National Sporting Club Best New Writer award for his first book, “Letting Big Dogs Eat, “Biography of golfer John Daly

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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