I don’t know about you, but I love International Match Play events, and The Solheim Cup has me looking forward to the President’s Cup. The 2013 Presidents Cup gets underway on October 1, at The Muirfield Village Golf Course in Dublin, Ohio. Matches begin on October 3 when Captain Fred Couples will pit his American squad against the International Team led by Nick Price.
The Deutsche Bank Championship will be the last event where players can earn Presidents Cup points and make the 12-man field via an automatic bid. Players who don’t qualify via points will have to rely on a Captain’s Pick. Webb Simpson is currently the tenth player on the list, but that can change in the final two tournaments prior to the deadline. Dustin Johnson has not qualified at this point, and rookie Jordan Spieth came in a little late to make the roster. Both will be trying to impress Fred Couples in the next two weeks.
Australian players are pulling out of Australian events like rats leaving a sinking ship. Tournaments in Australia are having difficulty raising the purse money to draw top talent down under for early season events. With the top dollars offered on the PGA Tour, and the 2013-2014 season getting underway earlier this year, people are just not committing to the Aussie tournaments. New Masters Champion, Adam Scott has been asked to play some events there, but he can’t prop the tour up forever.
After getting nipped during Sunday Singles at the 2012 Ryder Cup, and having our Red White and Blue heads handed to us in Colorado this past weekend are we viewed as a joke around the world of golf? I think our losses in International competition over the last year speaks more to our culture, than our ability to perform on a world stage. Our players are more “about me” than “about us”. Golf is an individual sport, not a team event, and our players don’t play well as a team. Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson both have losing records in Match Play, but we have seen over the years how well they do in metal play.
I watch Morning Drive almost every morning, and honestly, didn’t realize Ahmad Rashad was no longer with The Golf Channel. I didn’t think he brought much to the table, and often wondered why they featured a Professional Football player on a golf network.
Morning Drive featured players who are active in the Long Drive Competition on Tuesday morning, and Jamie Sadlowski broke the simulator again. This time with a seven iron. You would think they would add some beef to the background mat when they invite these guys. They can hit a golf ball over 500 yards. Duh!!
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