It wasn’t all plain sailing for U.S. at Presidents Cup

2013-10-11 00:00

THE Presidents Cup was played last weekend and the outcome was as the pundits predicted.

The final score, 18½-15½, indicates that the United States comfortably retained the trophy, but on the final day it wasn’t all plain sailing and there was a period of a couple of hours when there was a slender chance that the Internationals would pull off a dramatic win.

It was in the Sunday singles that the U.S. got the collywobbles again, just as they did at Medinah last year in the Ryder Cup. That was called the miracle at Medinah when all seemed lost for the Europeans. The margin was the same; six points behind. Fortunately this year for the Americans, the calibre of the opposition wasn’t quite the same.

The Muirfield Village course in Dublin, Ohio, was in immaculate condition, but it had to withstand a number of cloudbursts. This was obviously disruptive for the players and spectators and not forgetting the television audience.

The large number of staff and volunteers did an excellent job to get the course into a playable condition. In fact the course wasn’t really playable because it was waterlogged. Rarely do we see golf balls plugging in the greens with more than half the ball underground.

Ardent golf fans would have enjoyed the television coverage and the golf played by both teams, but in general, the Presidents Cup is in the second division in comparison to the Ryder Cup.

The only hope for this tournament to gain interest and popularity is for the Internationals to convincingly defeat the Americans two or three times in succession. As things stand right now, that doesn’t seem remotely possible.

Ernie Els felt the International team performed fairly well, but captain Nick Price’s final comment was disappointing and demeaning. He said: “We are a hotchpotch team from the four corners of the world trying to take on the might of America.”

In two years’ time, the event will take place in South Korea and the Internationals will need a couple of Koreans in the team in order to attract spectators.

The Seve Trophy, Great Britain and Ireland versus the Continentals, was being played in Paris at the same time. If the Presidents Cup is the second division, then the Seve Trophy is in the fourth division. The top Brits — McIlroy, Westwood, Donald and Rose boycotted the event. The Continentals won 15-13.

From the 19th hole:

I went shopping at my local supermarket this morning.

When I was ready to check out and pay for my groceries the cashier said, “Strip down, facing me”.

Making a mental note so I could complain to the manager about this security nonsense, I did just as she instructed.

After all the squealing and shrieking finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to how I should position my credit card before swiping it.

Nonetheless, I’ve been asked not to shop there in future.

They need to make their instructions a little clearer for seniors.

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