All the Presidents Cup men
This time of year, if it isn’t one cup, it’s another. So with the Players Championship just completed, and the FedEx Cup awarded, let’s take a close look at the upcoming Presidents Cup.
But first, a few asides — (1) What a spectacular performance by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at the Tour Championship, who demonstrated the trifecta of golf talents — mastering execution, management and consistency. And for all his spectacular effort, all he got was a lousy $11.44 million. (2) And what about the two runners up at the Tour Championship — Steve Stricker was the oldest to compete in the event at the age of 46, and Jordan Spieth was the youngest ever to play in the Tour Championship, at just 20. He won $700,000 for his efforts, but couldn’t legally toast his accomplishments.
(3) Finally, where was Tiger? The No. 1 seed in the Tour Championship, struggled terribly at East Lake, but with five tour wins under his belt this season, Woods still managed to finish second in FedEx Cup points, netting him a $3 million bonus.
But the Tour Championship is over and done, and right now the International Team (which unlike The Ryder Cup, doesn’t include players from Europe) wishes they could call on Henrik Stenson. But alas, Sweden remains firmly part of Europe.
The U.S. captain for the 2013 Presidents Cup team, Freddy Couples, had some tough decisions to make this year. Veteran Presidents Cup player, Jim Furyk, didn’t make the team this year. In his place is the 20-year-old ‘phenom’ Jordan Spieth.
Reportedly, Phil Mickelson messaged Freddy Couples in support of Spieth, texting, “Dude, you’ve got to pick this guy.”
When all was said and texting done, Couples agreed.
The U.S. team is as follows: Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kucher, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson with U.S. Captain picks Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth.
As for the International team, Captain Nick Price has but one 2013 PGA tour winner, Masters champion, Adam Scott. Veteran players on the team included Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera, but Price’s top 10 includes seven, first-time Presidents Cup players.
The International team is as follows: Adam Scott, Jason Day, Charles Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Brandon Grace, Graham DeLaet, Richard Sterne, Angel Cabrera with International Captain picks Brandon de Jonge and Marc Leishman.
The 2013 Presidents Cup will be held Oct. 1-6 at Muirfield Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. This will be the 10th time the U.S. and the world’s best non-Europeans players have competed in this unique format, and the Americans hold a 7-1-1 record.
With this year’s U.S. team so full of top players, it could be a slaughter — but you never know.
In another important Cup competition being currently contested — The America’s Cup — the New Zealand team was up eight races to Team U.S.A.’s 1, but the score now stands 8 to 8.
At this time, it will come down to one final, tie-breaking race.
As in all sports competitions with America, I say “may the odds be ever in your favor.”