When the Ryder Cup was won in South Yorkshire!

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IT maybe - just maybe - that the Premier League takes a back seat to the Ryder Cup this weekend.

That may take some doing when you consider the extent of the coverage of this particular branch of big business for that’s what the Premier League has become.

But the golfing build-up and the hype this week has been huge and it will dominate the weekend’s sporting coverage.

No doubt there’ll be those relaxing with a g’n’t in a clubhouse in South Yorkshire - or is it Notts or both? - who will be able to regale a tale or two this weekend of when their club hosted one of the most famous Ryder Cup victories of all.

Lindrick Golf Club, which straddles the A57 out to Worksop, staged a rare victory by Great Britain and Ireland back in 1957.

It certainly was a real rarity. GB hadn’t won it since 1933 - and often been hammered - and, after 1957, weren’t to win it again for a further 28 years until 1985 at The Belfry.

So, in 21 attempts across 50 years, GB had won once - and it was on ‘our’ patch.

Of course, South Yorkshire lays its claim, geographically, to Lindrick Golf Club. The address, with its Worksop address is thus classed as Notts - yet it has a Sheffield postcode!

And the fourth hole covers not both counties but three because you can toss in Derbyshire as well!

Anyway, be it South Yorkshire or Notts (or both) it has its special place in British and Ryder Cup golfing history for hosting that win.

And this weekend they’ll be cheering on their most famous member, Lee Westwood, who began, of course, at Worksop GC, but has been a member at Lindrick for some time and plays out of there. Well, he does until he goes and lives in America shortly.

Just in case you think golf should dominate football this week, it wasn’t necessarily the case back in 1957.

The Ryder Cup triumph finished on the Saturday afternoon back then and our sister sports paper, the Green ‘Un recorded the victory with its banner front page headline on the lead story.

But they didn’t delve too deeply into the hows and whys!

“Hats off to Britain’s golfers,” began the opening paragraph.

The second paragraph opened: “The great crowd went wild with joy, and now for some football...”

Yeh, beat that you Premier League-covering tabloids!

Now, depending on how you view it, Twitter has been a great addition to the world of social media or it has become a vehicle for abuse, often by people hiding behind anonymity.

Plenty of footballers use it (with plenty showing their literacy skills are considerably lower than their footballing ones) and it certainly can be a useful way of interacting with their fans.

One wonders, however, what Jay Bothroyd thinks now after he responded in pretty forthright terms as to the intelligence quotient of those who had abused and criticised him after last week’s defeat by Bolton.

In such circumstances, it must be very difficult indeed not to want to defend yourself.

But publicly having a pop at the fans, whatever the justification, is pretty dangerous ground to tread.

It can take some pulling round and, in many cases, fans won’t forgive or forget.

Of course, a few goals often soothes the most savage of breasts.