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The maturation of the Ryder Cup

Updated: September 13, 2004, 3:24 PM ET
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

Unlike the old days, nobody feels safe about predicting the outcome. For years, the Americans showed up at the Ryder Cup, hit a few warm-up balls, then waxed the competition. It was as easy as sticking a tee in the ground.

Anyone who follows the biennial competition knows that has hardly been the case for most of the past two decades. And the Ryder Cup changed right along with the competition, making this week's event at Oakland Hills CC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., unlike any other golf ...

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