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Big cigar moment; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

SIR - Straight down the puddle - on to sunlit greens. For three days the Celtic Manor Resort looked as if it had hijacked the Bog Snorkelling World Championships from Llanwrtyd Wells - it is what we call "bad luck".

Yet in the years ahead, Ryder Cup Wales 2010 will continually be referred to because it's the only Ryder tournament to go into a fourth day, and the indelible images that will accompany such references will be picture-perfect conditions, cheering crowds and fantastic golf shots - it is what we call "good luck".

My own indelible memory came at the very end of the tournament, when the flags were being lowered to the musical accompaniment of the two anthems.

I was captivated by the outgoing personality of Spain's cigar-chomping, Rioja-loving, pony-tailed Miguel Angel Jimenez, 46. All sports need such genuine larger-than-life characters.

However, during the closing ceremony, while the Americans, as is their wont, stood to attention with hands on heart and sang along with the anthem, the Europeans merely stood to respectful attention.

Well, all except Jimenez, who appeared to be chatting away - shock, horror!

But I quickly realised that in fact he was singing along to the anthem. Indeed, he appeared to be the only one in the European party doing so. How impressive is that? So I Googled the anthem, Ode to Joy, and discovered that due to the number of languages used in the European Union, the anthem is purely instrumental.

However, there are translations of the original poem, so I guess Jimenez was actually singing along in Spanish. The man has class.

Here's lookin' at you, amigo. HUW BEYNON Llandeilo
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 9, 2010
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