Presidents Cup Needs Change In Fortune

They can outfit everyone in the most stylish clothing, trick out the hospitality venues with all the coolest stuff, make sure the shrimp is plump and the crab cakes are hot, order up perfect early fall weather and groom Muirfield Village to perfection all in the name of making the Presidents Cup matches relevant. But only one thing really matters. The International team needs to win. “It’s crucial. It’s vital,” said Adam Scott,
the Aussie who will be the International team’s version of a cleanup hitter. “I think the Cup loses any credibility whatsoever if we don’t start winning soon because it’s essentially an exhibition. It’s not a competition. That’s what it’s shown the last four times, since South Africa really.” As anyone on the wrong side of a salty collegiate rivalry knows, it’s not a rivalry if one side wins all the time. That’s what has happened with the Presidents Cup. This will be the 10th playing of the Presidents Cup and the Internationals have won exactly one time – way back in 1998 when the Americans weren’t too keen on playing in Australia two weeks before Christmas. The matches ended in a 17-17 tie in South Africa 10 years ago with the famous Tiger Woods-Ernie Els playoff being stopped by darkness and the mutual desire of captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to avoid coming back on Monday morning. Since then, it has been so one-sided in favor of the United States that you’d think Toby Keith wrote the script. How great was the Ryder Cup when the U.S. won 22 of the first 25 times the matches were played? It looked like the third week of college football season when the powerhouses fatten up on Western Carolina and its cousins.


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