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Souhan: Love earned his shot to return as captain

Davis Love III captained a losing Ryder Cup team, so I'm sure a decade from now Phil Mickelson will blame him for something.

I covered the Ryder Cup at Medinah four years ago. Love was the American captain. His team blew a 10-6 lead on Sunday to lose 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.

Should Love be blamed?

I hold the same view as the American Ryder Cup committee: Love did his job well, well enough to justify bringing him back for Hazeltine.

Love paired his players well enough on Friday and Saturday to get them a four-point lead. That's the primary role of a captain. He has been criticized for playing Tiger Woods last on Sunday, meaning that Woods' match wound up not factoring into the outcome. I'll give Love this pass: It was hard to imagine the front side of his lineup playing so poorly that Woods would be rendered irrelevant.

Players can make Ryder Cup captains look foolish, but I think Love was a strong choice.

Of course, Paul Azinger, who captained a 16 1/2-11 1/2 at Valhalla, might have been an even stronger choice.

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Souhan: Should you be offended by Peter Willett? That depends

So on Wednesday European captain Darren Clarke found himself apologizing for a post written by someone who isn't even on his team.

Peter Willett, brother of Euro player and reigning Masters champ Danny Willett, wrote the following about American golf fans:

``They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream 'Baba booey' until their jelly faces turn red.

They need to stun the angry, unwashed, Make America Great Again swarm, desperately gripping their concealed-carry compensators and belting out a mini-erection inducing 'mashed potato,' hoping to impress their cousin."

Should American golf fans be offended by that?

Depends.

If you indeed are one of those people who yells ``Baba booey'' or ``Get in the hole'' during tee shots on par-5s...if you taunt opponents or try to turn a major golf event into a selfie of yourself... then you should be offended. Because this is about you.

If you are the typical American golf fan who behaves well and doesn't think it's your job to attract attention, then feel free to be offended.

I walked Hazeltine National a couple of times on Wednesday. I found 99 percent respectful, enthralled golf fans, and 1 percent who wanted to yell something silly at every player they recognized.

If you buy a ticket, you have the right to do that. And if you do that, someone impolite like Peter Willett has the right to criticize you for it.

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From 6-7 tonight at the Jaguar-Land Rover dealer in Minneapolis we'll run the Minnesota Sports Podcast Network Ryder Cup Special with Jim Lehman as our guest. Jim is a great amateur player, an agent and the brother to Tom Lehman, a vice captain for the U.S. during the Ryder Cup. Please stop by and ask a question.

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Final, 9/29 R H E
Minnesota 57-102 7 13 0
Kansas City 81-78 6 13 2