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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 07:58 GMT 08:58 UK
Tuesday's Ryder Cup diary
By John Mathews
BBC Sport at Oakland Hills

US fans celebrate victory in the last Ryder Cup
The American crowd played a huge role at Brookline in 1999
Everybody here is at great pains to point out this year's Ryder Cup will not be spoiled by the rowdy scenes witnessed in past matches in the United States.

With that in mind, Detroit might not seem like the ideal venue to create the harmonious atmosphere that players and officials are craving.

Statistics show the city is one of the most violent and dangerous on earth, outside of active war/combat zones.

It's reassuring then to read that steps have been taken to keep the crowds under control.

A well-publicised alcohol ban will be enforced and spectators have further been warned they will not be allowed to bring guns or any other weapons onto the course "regardless of permit".


Anyone still left fearing for the safety of the teams can be reassured by the fact that the Ryder Cup will be played a comfortable distance from downtown Detroit.

The Oakland Hills Country Club stands more than 20 miles north west of the big, bad city in the Michigan suburbs known as Bloomfield Township.

Bloomfield residents may have mixed feelings about playing host to most of the world's greatest golfers though.

Oakland Hills
The picturesque scene at Oakland Hills Country Club

The splendidly-named local newspaper, the Southfield Eccentric, warns its readers of the consequences of having "heads of state, corporate moguls and flashy, Hollywood types" in their midst.

In short, that means sweeping new security measures will be enforced, including road closures and the threat of having your car towed away even if you leave it in the street right outside your own house.

Garage clear-outs must have hit record levels last weekend.


Much has been said and written recently about the need to draw a line under the ill-feeling generated by the last Ryder Cup match to be held on American soil at Brookline in 1999.

Everyone agrees now that the infamous, green-rushing, bad-tempered encounter is something best forgotten.

It's all in the past right?

Just in case people do have hazy memories however, American sports TV channel ESPN will be screening a special programme honing in on the controversial events at Brookline on the eve of this week's Ryder Cup.

Will the players be watching? They would have to be back in their rooms early from a gala dinner at the Fox Theatre in Detroit to make the show.





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