ATLANTA – The truth is, there may not be too many baseball fans on the Presidents Cup International team. But those who are familiar with the game could take the following words as bulletin board material.
Matt Kuchar compared the International squad to those lovable losers, the Chicago Cubs.
Well, sort of.
In response to a question on Wednesday about whether the competition needs a change to eliminate the United States’ domination, Kuchar reasoned, “I know that history favors the U.S. team, but maybe there's that great underdog role as well that the Internationals play, that people may like to see the underdog do well and continue to pull. It might be like the Chicago Cubs. Wouldn't it be great for them to win? Would things change if they won a World Series? They still have huge support.”
In eight previous editions of the event, the U.S. holds a 6-1-1 record, with the lone International victory taking place 15 years ago.
As for the notion that the opposing side needs to win in order to garner more interest, Kuchar disagreed.
“It seems to be great support,” he said. “I've only played in one. This is my second one. But we were down in Australia, and it didn't seem to lack in any sort of support by the Australians, and the crowd support was great down there.”