The Presidents Cup has arrived. Today the players will tee it up at a Jack Nicklaus course in Korea. This 7400 yard gem in the Orient will challenge all players in every part of their game. The media run-up to this year’s tournament has tried to outline potential issues between players, chemistry (or lack of) on the teams, and the fact that the USA has a strangle hold on the title.
This year, the Captains, Jay Haas (USA) and Nick Price (International) have worked their magic, inspired their players, and took risks making their last two selections. Now it is up to the players to prove that they belong at this charity event by defeating any and all opponents!
The Presidents Cup is purely a charity event. There is no prize money except for the bragging rights between the best golfers in the world. The net proceeds are distributed to charities around the world and nominated by the players, captains, and captains’ assistants. The first nine Presidents Cups raised almost US$30 million and given the current trend, it is probable that this year’s President Cup will raise over US$5 million.
The format for this year’s event has changed. The first two days sees five matches of fourball (best ball) and five matches of foursomes (alternate shot). The third day consists of four matches of fourball and four matches of foursomes. On the fourth and last day, twelve singles will be played for a total of 30 matches.
The Presidents Cup is a very good event. I have never really followed it and for the most part has been over shadowed by the Ryder Cup. Examining the players on each team, I am really not overly excited about who is going to play against whom. It is possible that I am under playing this golfing event, but I am not sure.
What do you think? Do you like the Presidents Cup?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!