Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Presidents Cup Deserves More Respect

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Presidents Cup Deserves More Respect

Article excerpt

When it comes to team competitions in golf, there's the Ryder Cup and everything else.

But today, the Presidents Cup begins in Dublin, Ohio, and there's plenty to be intrigued about - even if you consider the team competition between the U.S. and International team to be an appetizer for the Ryder Cup, which is played in alternate years.

OK, we admit the Presidents Cup has two real problems that relegate it to second-fiddle status behind the Ryder.

First, a lack of history: The event began in 1994, giving the Ryder Cup a 67-year head start to build tradition and prestige.

But the biggest problem is that the Presidents hasn't been very competitive. This will be the 10th event and the U.S. team has won seven of them. The International team has won only once. Almost every one has been one-sided.

The most famous exception was in 2003, when Tiger Woods and Ernie Els played a dramatic tiebreaker match, each draining several clutch putts with the Cup on the line in the fading South African light. …

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