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?
Before we wrap up this year’s edition of the Presidents Cup, let’s take a look at some of Sunday’s best moments, along with random yet interesting tidbits from behind the scenes.
First of all, let’s take a moment and give the organizers of the tournament a round of applause for getting the matches finished not only on Sunday, but *early*in the afternoon. Who would have thunk? *Golf claps*
Just when you thought this Presidents Cup couldn’t get any wackier with the wigs, pet squirrel mascots, weather delays, three matches in one day, The Fanatics, over-served fans — we can now add “streaker” to the list.
As Steve Stricker and Ernie Els stood on the 18th tee in their Sunday singles match, they had a close encounter with an eye-opening visitor, to say the least. The unidentified woman ran through security and up the stairs onto the tee box and then back down across the 18th fairway.
[*FYI: Some of the pictures are kind of NSFW after the jump.]
Aside from the crappy weather and delays — which we’re pretty used to this year on the PGA Tour — this Presidents Cup is much more intriguing than most expected. We thought it’d just be another American blowout, like every other year, except 1998 when the Internationals captured their lone win.
While there are four matches in the Friday foursomes sessions still in progress, the first two were completed, with the Americans and Internationals each securing a point. The score currently stands with U.S. 4.5, International 3.5.
Well, so much for that fast start the International team needed in Thursday’s four-ball matches! When play was suspended at 2:38pm due to inclement weather in the area, the Americans were up in five matches and all square in one of them. Not surprising.
I know THERE’S A LOT OF GOLF LEFT, but the Internationals have fared decently in the four-ball format in past Presidents Cups, while they’ve struggled tremendously in the foursomes (alternate shot).
Jordan Spieth jarred a 7-iron on the par-3, 173-yard, 12th hole at Muirfield Village, during a practice round for the Presidents Cup. Spieth collected high-fives from the other three guys in his group — Steve Stricker, who is the 20-year-old’s partner in this week’s team competition, Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar.
The PGA Tour unveiled its Player of the Year ballot on Monday and the candidates are Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. Here’s a breakdown of their accomplishments in the 2013 season:
Henrik Stenson capped off the best stretch of golf in his career with a victory at the Tour Championship, along with the FedExCup, the biggest paycheck in the game. Stenson entered the final round with a four-shot cushion and played rather conservatively on Sunday, hitting fairway woods and irons off the tee, and just sort of hanging on, though he shot a respectable two-under 68 to a wire-to-wire win by a three-stroke margin over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker.
I share some behind-the-scenes nuggets in the video above. I have more info and quotes on the topics I mentioned, but I’ll have to update this post with them later since I’m about to miss the last shuttle to the parking lot!
It was a productive day at East Lake, but for now, here’s a mini Q&A I did with Jordan Spieth (after
stalking running him down in the parking lot) — it’s hard to believe he just turned 20 the other month — it’s like he’s 20 going on 35.