Category Archives: Presidents Cup

Oct
2
2017

The 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team has been hailed as perhaps the strongest and most perfect squad of players. Led by Captain Steve Stricker, the Americans dominated from the start to finish — which wasn’t exactly a huge surprise given the lopsided (and relatively short) history of these biennial matches, with the U.S. winning 10 of the 12 times its been staged.

There were fleeting moments that were thrilling because, well, two words: Match play. But it was pretty much over after Friday with the Americans . In fact, the Americans nearly clinched the Cup on Saturday, but Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim managed to fend off Charley Hoffmann and Kevin Chappell to win 1-up — it was the only full point clinched by the International Team during both sessions on Saturday.

Still. Sunday didn’t matter. Don’t take it from me — several American players voiced that in the boozy, extremely entertaining winning presser.

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Sep
30
2017

One thing we can always count on in golf: Awkward celebrations (with the exception of Beef).

The Internationals finally won their second full point in afternoon four-ball matches to keep the Americans from clinching the Cup…by a point. At the end of Day 3 at the Presidents Cup, the Americans lead the Internationals 14.5 to 3.5. Ouch.

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Sep
29
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

 

As an American, I have no shame to say that I’ve rooted for the International Team in just about every Presidents Cup since I started covering golf. WTF, that’s treasonous, you say? Well, the reason why is simple. With few exceptions, like two years ago in South Korea, the Americans have dominated the Internationals, and by the time the weekend rolls around, it’s a complete snooze-fest.

In 12 editions of this event, the Americans have won 10 and the Internationals have won once and tied another. I mean, if you want to talk about about exhibitions in golf — and there are quite a few — the Presidents Cup is the first to come to mind. It’s truly a shame.

But I would like to see the Internationals win because, well, this exhibition could really use that to add more interest. Look, the crowds at Liberty National have been great. We all love match play, but following Friday’s action with the Americans taking 4.5 out of the possible 5 points in four-balls, the overall standing after two days is: U.S. Team 8, International Team 2.

With eight points on the line in Saturday (the only day with two sets of matches), the Americans only need 7.5 points to retain the Cup. Yep, that’s right — hypothetically, this could literally be over on Saturday (even though it feels like it already is).

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Oct
12
2015

I definitely didn’t think I’d regret not staying up past my curfew last night to watch the Presidents Cup. I certainly didn’t think I’d miss anything but the standard U.S. routing or maybe the Internationals attempting a tepid comeback. I really didn’t think I’d  be saying what I’m about to say, especially since any little interest I had in the Presidents Cup completely disappeared after the only thing I considered that could be slightly intriguing did not happen — which was obviously Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, the worlds nos. 1 and 2, respectively, facing off in what would naturally be an intense battle filled with lots of thumbs-up and fist-pumps for Sunday singles.

Well, to be honest, I doubt I would been awake to watch, anyway, since I was playing in a tourney at NGLA this weekend (yes, very important with at least a few hundred in pro shop credit on the line) and had an early-ish tee time. #sorrynotsorry

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Oct
7
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

patrick reed george W bush

The above photo is probably the best picture we’ve seen all year. During the opening ceremonies at the Presidents Cup in South Korea, the American team was joined by President George W. Bush, who posed for plenty of photos.

The most memorable moment occurred when Patrick Reed and Bush raised an index finger to their mouths to recreate the infamous “shhhh” gesture that Reed made during last year’s Ryder Cup in his singles match against Henrik Stenson in Scotland. 

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Oct
2
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

You’ve got to have nothing but respect for Jim Furyk, who has played on every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup team since 1997. If you’ve ever spoken to Furyk about these biennial matches, it’s obvious that he truly cares about representing his country and enjoys the “team” aspect of these events.

Furyk was forced to withdraw from the last two FedEx Cup events due to a bone contusion on his wrist. He tried his best to rehabilitate the injury in time to compete in the Presidents Cup, but on Friday, he finally announced he would be unable to play. Instead, he’ll travel with the team as an assistant to captain Jay Haas.

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Aug
29
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Presidents Cup

 

Liberty National will host the 2017 Presidents Cup as part of a 25-year partnership with the PGA TOUR. The Jersey City course, which includes spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline, will also host up to 10 PGA TOUR tournaments over the next 25 years.

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Jun
4
2014
By Bernie D'Amato under Presidents Cup

 

At this week’s Champions Tour event in Missouri, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem introduced the captains for the 2015 Presidents Cup, which will take place in New Songdo City, South Korea. Jay Haas was named captain of Team USA and Nick Price was named captain of the International Team. Former captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player joined the press conference as did International vice-captain K.J. Choi.

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Oct
7
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Humor
Pres Cup streaker in the police station at MV

Pres Cup streaker in the police station at MV

Kimberly Webster, now infamously known as the “Presidents Cup streaker, showed her patriotism when she stripped and streaked past Steve Stricker and Ernie Els on the 18th tee, while yelling, “Streaking for Stricker,” “Baba-booey,” “Team America,” “USA, USA,” and simply whatever came out of her mouth.

How did this idea all come about? Well, it started as a joke, of course. After all, wouldn’t it be funny and wouldn’t it add some excitement to the dreary, weather-delayed Presidents Cup if someone went streaking at Muirfield Village?

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