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When something happens six out of seven times over 13 years, it's probably not an accident.

If there were any doubt that the best European golfers are better than the best Americans now, it was erased Sunday when the Euros erased what had been a 10-4 deficit to retain the Ryder Cup with a 14 ½ -13 ½ win. Beyond this, four of the top five players in the World Golf Rankings are Europeans.

This shouldn't be the case. Europe has the population advantage, with roughly 700 million inhabitants, but golf is virtually nonexistent outside the European Union. And former Eastern Bloc countries inside the EU like Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, aren't exactly golf hotbeds. That essentially levels the participation gap.

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