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European golfers might refuse to play another Ryder Cup in the United States because of the abuse they were subjected to from fans, outgoing European captain Mark James says.

James, 45, resigned immediately after the U.S. regained the trophy in Brookline, Massachusetts, with a 14 1/2 -13 1/2 victory.

James, whose wife was spit on by a spectator, said he feared fights will break out unless action is taken to curb the behavior by players and fans that tainted the Americans' comeback victory in Brookline, Mass., on Sunday.

"A lot of players will not be bothered competing in American again," James said in British newspapers Tuesday. "Certainly that is the case with me. It's not something I would look forward to. We don't need to be treated like this."

James' wife, Jane, said a young fan spit at her Sunday, and Colin Montgomerie said his 70-year-old father left the course Sunday because of the heckling of his son.

The next Ryder Cup is at the Belfry in England in 2001. The tournament returns to the United States in 2003 at Oakland Hills outside Detroit.

Boston basks in glow

BOSTON -- Despite its image as a white-collar event played in a wealthy town before corporate titans, officials in Brookline and neighboring Boston say the Ryder Cup was a pot of gold that will benefit everything from local parks to youth programs.

Local merchants have yet to tally up exact figures, but officials estimated the Ryder Cup generated $150 million in spending in the area as golf fans packed local hotels, restaurants and shops.

Ryder Cup attendees -- 30,000 of whom flocked to the course daily -- booked roughly 7,000 hotel rooms per night for six nights last week, he said.

TV ratings set record

NEW YORK -- The dramatic finish to the Ryder Cup in which the United States rallied to beat Europe drew the highest overnight ratings in the history of the event.

NBC said today the rating for Sunday's closing singles matches was 6.3 overnight with a 15 share.

The network estimates 55 million viewers saw all or part of the Ryder Cup, surpassing the previous high of 42 million in 1997.

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