A few days back, I started to rethink the Presidents Cup, which ended last Sunday. What a beautiful sight of golf!
The only disappointment has been to know the winning team too soon when last day of competition. Personally, I wish the suspense lasts a little longer. We realized, once again, the formula is winning and there is much interest in this kind of competition. As in Montreal in 2007, it was a big party for golf.
The US team, led ably by Fred Couples friendly, seemed stronger on paper. The top three players in the world rankings, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker have weighed heavily in the balance as the difference between the two teams is not great. In addition, the US team the chance to play every year is the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup. Team spirit is greater because there is less change of players from one year to another. The international team is met only two years and we feel that it makes a difference. For the 2009 edition, four recruits have joined the team. The players still enjoyed their stay in California and took the opportunity to forge strong friendship bonds between them and their families. The atmosphere that prevailed during the four days of competition is very different from what they are used for the remainder of the season. This proves that we can be competitive and respectful of the opponent at a time. After all, the primary purpose of these meetings is to come together and promote golf ... mission accomplished on the line.
Tiger Woods has once again proved he is a class apart. He won five games in which he participated and proved to be the spark his team. In addition to destroying the Korean YEYang during the singles matches, will long be remembered for his spectacular victory in extremis, with Steve Stricker, Mike Weir and to Tim Clark during their match in alternative shots Saturday morning. His crucial putt on the 17th and 18th second masterstroke leave a lasting impression in the minds of golf fans. Honorable mentions also Stricker during team matches and Phil Mickelson, who played golf inspired more of us demonstrate exceptional touch around the greens ... what a virtuoso!
On the international side, the South African Tim Clark is the one who has the most attention. What a good golfer. It has even more reason to wonder how is it that player still does not win the PGA Tour circuit? He is really strong in all facets of the game and control his emotions well. I am convinced that grew out of this competition and it is only a matter of time before he was found in the winner's circle ... it has just too talented. Mike Weir has also done well in the game and we proved that he still has a place among the elite. It forms a great duo when operating with the great Ernie Els. Prodigy Ryo Ishikawa surprised many despite his 18 years. He formed an excellent duet with YEYang in addition to defeat veteran Kenny Perry in the singles matches. Many already see as a possible replacement for Tiger Woods as world number one. Greg Norman was right by including it in his team. It was already looking forward to the next edition to be held at Royal Melbourne Club, Australia, in 2011. It is also here that the international team recorded its only win against the US team. Bet that the young prince will play a leading role!