Is the envelope method the best way to handle injuries/withdrawals?
NOThough no one would like to admit it, the envelope system easily could be abused. What if a captain had a player who was performing miserably and simply wanted him out of the singles competition? If he claimed an injury the other side also would lose a player. There should be no envelope. If a player goes down because of injury or illness during the competition then that team merely plays a man short.
-- Ron Sirak
YESThe envelope is the fairest means of dealing with an injury. Had David Gilford gotten a full point because of Steve Pate's injury in 1991, Europe would have retained the Cup in a 14-14 tie, but I doubt the Euros would have wanted to "win" that way. Having alternates or pressing the captain into service are not better options. The envelope also is an intriguing part of Ryder Cup lore. It needs to stay.
-- E. Michael Johnson