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Ryder Cup shows sportsmanship at its best

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GOLF-ENGLAND/If golf is an island of civilisation in a world of sport awash with cheating then the Ryder Cup is the coconut-laden palm tree on top.

Golf's core values are honesty, self-regulation, absolute and unquestioning observance of even the most archaic rules and its great gift to the world - etiquette.

The same approach pretty much applies from the most humble municipal park player to when Jim Furyk is putting for 11.5 million dollars - making a mockery of the excuses for excess in other sports that it is all down to "pressure."

The Ryder Cup takes those golfing values and stirs in some even more uplifting ingredients.

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