France could care less about golf.
Not our opinion but a head-scratching statement from the dude who is the tournament director for the Evian (fake major) Championship.
Dude’s name is Franck (yeah, weird French spelling of Frank) Riboud, and here’s what he had to say last week:
“I’m going to be very nasty with my country. My country is not a golf country,” Riboud said. “Even if we have the Ryder Cup, it’s not a golf country. We don’t have the culture. I don’t care.”
Which brings us to the question — Why the hell is the Ryder Cup being staged in France?
Someone dumped a whole lot of dough into this one, follow the money trail.
The attendance at the Evian was telling. Typically you don’t think a golf tournament is a quiet, peaceful work environment but that was the case for the greatest part of last week at the Evian. Thursday and Friday was beyond sparse — junior tournaments in the U.S. have more spectators. Saturday a bit better, Sunday there were maybe 2,000 around the final green.
Talk about no fans? Tiger Woods attracts more people when he goes to watch his kids play soccer in Jupiter.
So yes, they could care less about golf in France.
So we’re sentencing Riboud and the organizations that allegedly promote golf in France to the Bastille, the renown state prison from the olden days.
If that’s not enough, we’re also putting them in our Dog House.
In the basement, for who knows how long?