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Woods, Spieth confident in 'Ring of Steel'

 

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth have both expressed confidence in the aptly-named 'Ring of Steel' security measures being taken by the French security forces for next month's Ryder Cup near the Palace of Versailles outside the French capital of Paris.

The Telegraph of London said earlier this week that the French police and other government agencies had been working with Ryder Cup organisers since May 2011, when France was awarded the Ryder Cup, to ensure that strict security measures they described as a 'Ring of Steel' would be in force, both at Le Golf National club where the event is to be staged and at the team hotel in nearby Versailles.

Woods and Spieth both believe these measures will be more than adequate - even if French president Emmanuel Macron and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, were to attend. 

It is reported that if they do, extra elite special forces would be placed on duty with mobile surface-to-air infrared missiles also deployed.

"I have traveled all over the world playing golf, so I've experienced different security scenarios where ever I've been. I am sure the Ryder Cup will be fine and the organizers will have covered every security issue," said Woods who has already been named as one of the USA's non-playing vice-captains but might still play for the Americans if skipper Jim Furyk gives him one of his four wild-cards picks.

"We saw the security in place for the London Olympics some years back and you could argue London is in a similar state of alert as France so I have all confidence in the organizers."

Spieth, who has already automatically qualified for the US Ryder Cup team, showed every bit as much confidence as Woods in the security measures being taken in France

"No, I'm not worried. I can only imagine just how security-tight the golf course is going to be," he said.

"If anything, I was more scared about going to Brazil two years back for the Olympic Games and I am confident the organizers of the Ryder Cup will have in place all necessary measures to ensure the security of everyone present in Versailles." 

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.