After this year's Ryder Cup was over, there was a lot of talk about how much the Ryder Cup players were paid. Especially when it comes to the US team. Playing the Ryder Cup is every golfer's dream. You are aware that at that moment you belong to the best group of golfers in the world.
Members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team each receive $200,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. It is interesting that the players are not paid. The captain of the European team, Luke Donald believes that it should remain so. There are several reasons that he considers to be logical.
"It's one week where you play for more than yourself, not about money or points, it's about coming together as a team and the fans feed off that — it's all passion."- Donald said.
Luke Donald on players and paying
Donald believes that the priority for individuals should be to show their qualities and help their team.
When you play in such a competition, the last thing you should think about is money. At least that's what Luke thinks. On the other hand, there are various ways golfers can profit from playing in the Ryder Cup. This competition opens many doors and new opportunities for individuals.
"I don't think we should ever get paid. If you play well, you can get paid in other ways. Your brand will go up exponentially and certain people will have bonuses in their contracts, but if you want to keep the essence and history of the Ryder Cup, it needs to stay the same." The captain of the European team thus sent a great message to all golfers; You should think primarily about your team, success, and lifting trophies.
Everything else will come over time with patience, work, and dedication. Many hope that Donald will be the captain at the next Ryder Cup. Source: Golfmagic