Today golf fans got to enter the grounds at Muirfield Village to get close up views of the practice rounds of 24 of the best golfers on the planet as they get ready for this weekend’s 10th edition of The President’s Cup. While this event doesn’t have the history, the panache, or the following of its older, more traditional Ryder Cup brethren, it still seems to put a good show on every two years.
Players have practice rounds today and tomorrow, followed by the opening ceremonies tomorrow evening. Team USA Captain Fred Couples and International Team Captain Nick Price will take to the stage then to announce the pairings for the opening foursome matches on Thursday.
Unlike the Ryder Cup, which is a blind draw for the Captains, where they have to anticipate what the opposing Captain is going to do, the President’s Cup is more open. Fred Couples and Nick Price will meet and work out the matchups based on who the other guy is pairing with one another.
It would be easy to assume that Tiger Woods will be paired with Steve Stricker as he has been so often in Ryder Cup play, or that Phil Mickelson will team with Keegan Bradley, which was a great pairing last year at Medinah, but rumor has it that Couples may mix thing up. But don’t look for him to pair Woods and Mickelson together. That is not going to happen.
Will Nick Price go top heavy and pair an Adam Scott with a Jason Day? Or could he put red hot President's Cup rookie Graham DeLaet with Scott? Who might play best with the affable Angel Cabrera? Which newcomer on the International squad will make the biggest impact?
And what matchups will we want to see on Sunday for singles matches? Tiger or Phil vs. Adam Scott? Jordan Spieth vs. Hideki Matsuyama, a top ten finisher in both the U.S. Open the The Open Championship? Matt Kuchar vs. Jason Day? Steve Stricker vs. Ernie Els? The possibilities are a thrill to just imagine.
It may take a long time for The President's Cup achieves anywhere near the billing of the Ryder Cup. But it's still golf with two dozen of the world's greatest teeing things up for four days of team golf. We only get this once per year, and it usually produces memorable shots and matches.
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