CARMEL, Ind. – Ricky Elliott always hoped he could be in the Ryder Cup, the dream of any aspiring golfer from Portrush in Northern Ireland. He finally got there as a caddie, which is not unusual. Except that he’ll be working for the other team. ”I’ll be getting plenty of good needle, but it’s all in good fun,” said Elliott, the caddie for American player Brooks Koepka for the last three years. ”Whenever I’m out here, I stay with Kenny (Comboy), Billy (Foster) and all the other European caddies because we have the same things in common. I still am European. When it comes down to the matches, might they be a little wary in the team meeting? You just don’t know. But it’s all about getting the cup back to this side of the pond. ”And I’m working for the American team.” The Ryder Cup is all about the flag, Europe against the United States, three days of frenetic golf and fanatical cheering. Ryder Cup: Articles, photos and videos The PGA of America only began keeping records of Ryder Cup caddies in 1995. No European caddie worked for the American team in the last two decades, and no one could think of a European caddie on the American side in the decades before that. If anything, there are stories of Europeans who didn’t work. Terry Holt of England worked for Paul Azinger in 1993, but chose not to go with him to the Ryder Cup at The Belfry. Dave Musgrove of England declined to work for Lee Janzen in 1997 at Valderrama, fearing a conflict in interest. ”He didn’t want to be in a bad situation. People might wonder about his loyalties,” Janzen said then. The most recent example was Andy Sutton, the English caddie whom Ben Curtis hired when he won the British Open at Royal St. George’s. Curtis qualified for the Ryder Cup in 2008 at Valhalla, and Sutton didn’t want to work for him that week. ”We had talked about it in the past and he said, ‘If you ever make the Ryder Cup, I can’t work for you,”’ Curtis said. ”When it came about, I remember saying to him, ‘Are you serious?’ He said: ‘I can’t. I’ll catch too much grief from the other European caddies.’ He decided it might be better for me to have someone else.” Curtis hired Tony Navarro for the week. He said years later, Sutton regretted not working for him at the Ryder Cup. What’s in store for Elliott? ”I have no worries about him,” said John Wood, who caddies for Matt Kuchar and will be working at his sixth Ryder Cup. ”There might be some out there I would be concerned about, but not Ricky. I think he’ll jump right into the feel of the team and be part of it. I think it would be difficult if you had somebody who had been on a European Ryder Cup team and then came into the U.S. room. But for Ricky, it will be a fresh experience for him.” There have been examples of American caddies working for European players in the Ryder Cup – Jerry Higginbotham for Sergio Garcia in 1999, and Lance Ten Broeck for Jesper Parnevik in 1999 and 2002. ”It was kind of weird in the beginning,” Ten Broeck said. ”I remember I was kind of concerned about doing it, but the more I spoke to Hal Sutton, he said: ‘Why wouldn’t you do it? That’s who you work for.’ And I spoke to Jesper about it a long time. This is a golf match, not a war. And it’s one of the great experiences.” Elliott played college golf at Toledo, competing against Curtis at Kent State, and stayed in America. He lives in Florida near Graeme McDowell, one of his best friends from Portrush, and decided last year to become a U.S. citizen. ”I had to say a sentence in English and I had to spell a word, and I just squeaked by that,” Elliott said in his sing-song Irish lilt. ”There was about 80 of us in the room and 2,000 people had come to watch. I was there on my own, sitting beside a wee Chinese man waving the flag. It was cool. I’ve spent half my life over here. You’re still always where you’re from, but I’m pleased as punch to be an American citizen.” Elliott was trying to find a golf pro job during the economic downturn in 2008 when he caddied for Maarten Lafeber on the European Tour, and then Curtis. He was between jobs when Koepka, who began his career on the European Tour, received an exemption to the 2013 PGA Championship and his regular caddie had visa problems. ”First time I ever met him was on the range at the PGA,” Elliott said. ”He’s striping these shots and I’m like, ‘Happy days.’ I was still in Europe, but you know what it’s like when you see a good player. He made the cut that week, played with Tiger (Woods) on Sunday and said to me in the locker room, ‘Do you fancy doing a few in Europe?”’
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Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Scientists are assuming the power of gods. Through CRISPR gene editing, they can — literally — change the nature of any cell and genetically alter every life form, including pathogens and eventually, the human germ line.Yet, outside of scientific symposia, we are not having a meaningful discussion about whether and how to regulate what I believe to be the most powerful technology ever invented, and certainly the most portentous since the splitting of the atom.Now, a commentary in Nature argues it is time for a “new kind of conversation” about all of this, what the authors Sheila Jasanoff and J. Benjamin Hurlbut call a “global observatory,” essentially an international heart-to-heart. From “A Global Observatory for Gene Editing” (my emphasis):If successful, the observatory we propose would alter the way problems are framed and expand the idea of a “broad societal consensus”. In current bioethical debates, there is a tendency to fall back on the framings that those at the frontiers of research find most straightforward and digestible.This move comes at great cost. If the ethical stakes of human germline genome editing are limited to questions of physical safety, for example, then the technical evaluation of particular biological endpoints (for instance, off-target effects) might offer sufficient answers. But such a focus short-circuits the central question of how to care for and value human life, individually, societally and in relation to other forms of life on Earth. Likewise, the goals of consensus must go beyond merely agreeing on whether particular applications of genome editing are acceptable or unacceptable.Deliberation is insufficient if the conversation is too quickly boxed into judgements of the pros and cons, risks and benefits, the permissibility or impermissibility of germline genome editing, and so on. Such an approach neglects important background questions — who sits at the table, what questions and concerns are sidelined, and what power asymmetries are shaping the terms of debate.When it comes to shaping the future of humanity, those neglected issues are just as important as the concerns of people poised to radically remake it. Indeed, consensus might even mean agreeing not to proceed with some research until a more equitable approach to setting the terms of debate is achieved.Jasanoff and Hurlbut have launched a crucially important initiative. The authors conclude with a wise caveat:Free enquiry, the lifeblood of science, does not mean untrammelled freedom to do anything. Society’s unwritten contract with science guarantees scientific autonomy in exchange for a research enterprise that is in the service of, and calibrated to, society’s diverse conceptions of the good. As the dark histories of eugenics and abusive research on human subjects remind us, it is at our peril that we leave the human future to be adjudicated in biotechnology’s own “ecclesiastical courts”.It is time to invite in voices and concerns that are currently inaudible to those in centres of biological innovation, and to draw on the full richness of humanity’s moral imagination. An international, interdisciplinary observatory would be an important step in this directionYes! Every power sector needs enforceable checks and balances, and none in our history is as potentially powerful as biotechnology. Further neglect of this issue represents an abdication of leadership.Photo credit: PhotoshopTofs, via Pixabay.Cross-posted at The Corner. 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