Majors: The President's Cup / Current News
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2015 08:03 Thursday, 29 October 2015 07:54
MALAYSIA (Helen Ross/PGATOUR.COM) — Ernie Els would like nothing better than to be playing on the International Team in 2017 when The Presidents Cup is held at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey.
It would be his ninth appearance in the biennial match play competition that will end 16 days shy of his 48th birthday.
There will be a time, though, when the affable South African’s role will almost certainly shift from competitor to captain of the International Team.
And Els said in Malaysia during an interview prior to the CIMB Classic that he would “love” to serve as Captain when that time comes.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 22:22 Wednesday, 14 October 2015 22:17
NAPA, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) – Those traveling, song-loving "Fanatics" at the Presidents Cup had no trouble finding the right tune for Branden Grace, with a slight change of lyrics.
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved his best for me.”
That he did.
The 27-year-old spark plug from South Africa was at his best for the International team all week at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.
Not only did he become only the second International player to go 5-0 for the week – Shigeki Maruyama was the other in 1998 – only one of those matches reached the 18th hole. And that might have been his defining moment. With partner Louis Oosthuizen having put his shot in the water, and the sky so dark that Grace could barely see the flag, he ripped a 3-wood into the wind and onto the edge of the green to secure a crucial point.
“He just showed that he’s a world-class player, and there’s no moment too big for him,” Oosthuizen gushed that day. “He’s going to be a really great player.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2015 18:37 Sunday, 11 October 2015 18:30
SONGDO IBD, INCHEON, South Korea (Mike McAllister/PGATOUR.COM) — Bill Haas has felt the pressure of the FedExCup, the pressure of playing for $10 million. He thrived in that instance. But when his dad made him the anchor for the U.S. Team in Sunday’s singles at The Presidents Cup, Haas didn’t necessarily want the entire fate of his team resting on his shoulders.
So on Saturday night, he casually mentioned to teammate Zach Johnson that he hoped the outcome wouldn’t come down to the final match of the day. “I hope you guys go out and take care of business before it comes down to me,” he said.
Johnson’s responded with a cold dose of reality – and a pep talk. “You want that,” he told Haas. “You want to be in that position. You should go get it.”
On Sunday afternoon, Haas did. He went out and got another Presidents Cup victory for the U.S., this time by the slimmest of margins in the last 12 years, as he defeated local hero Sangmoon Bae 1 up in the final match for a 15.5 to 14.5 win over a gutty – and ultimately gutted -- International Team.
It couldn’t have been more dramatic on a day that may well be the most important in Presidents Cup history.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2015 08:20 Sunday, 11 October 2015 08:10
INCHEON, South Korea (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Bill Haas delivered the winning point to his team and to his father in a Presidents Cup that ended with a familiar result amid tension not felt in years.
The Americans won for the sixth straight time, 15 1/2-14 1/2, only this one came down to the final match.
And the emotion was never stronger — on both sides.
U.S. captain Jay Haas made his son one of two wild-card selections, and he put him out in the last of 12 singles matches at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea against the local star, Bae Sang-moon, playing in his final event before he starts his mandatory military service in South Korea.
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2015 07:56 Sunday, 11 October 2015 07:54
INCHEON CITY, Korea — At The Presidents Cup in Songdo IBD, Incheon City, Korea – the first ever played in Asia – PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem was joined by the Honorable John Eren, Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events, to announce an agreement between the two organizations that names the State of Victoria as the host for the World Cup of Golf in 2016 and The Presidents Cup in 2019. The partnership marks a return of The Presidents Cup to Australia for the third time in its 25-year history and fifth time in the 58-year history of the World Cup of Golf.
Both events will be played in the November timeframe in 2016 and 2019 on one of Melbourne’s premier Sandbelt Golf Courses. The venue and exact dates will be announced at a later time.
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