As a keen amateur golfer of course I follow the Rider Cup. It is instrumental in creating world wide interest in the Sport. It is a pity that this Cup is limited to the USA and European Continents !!!
Should there not be more "continental" competitions ?
Television, which sponsors so much interest, is also left flat with so many repetitive scenes on Greens where "putting for the hole" becomes somewhat drab !!! One watches Singles and Pairs in various formats but the only problem is who gets down the hole first !!! Who misses the putts ?
Should the Rider Cup not become more adventurous and sponsor new forms of competition ?
How about a foursome where balls remain on the Green after a putt, can be "bounced" by another ball and where the last ball down the hole would be the "loser" !!! With bunkers around a par three and also a water hazard, this could introduce new tactics and new interest for television sponsored watchers !!!
The ultimate rules need to be written when this "snooker" type game is tried. If the Rider Cup started with promotions this format could perhaps ultimately be adopted as one of the foursome formulations !!!