DORAL, Fla. – European Tour commissioner George O’Grady told the Golf Channel’s Steve Sands that his circuit and the PGA Tour will meet next month at Augusta National in an attempt to hash out a solution to the scheduling snafu that may lead to some top South Africans missing this year’s Presidents Cup.
At issue is the scheduling of this year’s Presidents Cup in Australia the same week (Nov. 14-20) as the South African Open, a European Tour co-sanctioned event.
“It's quite an issue. And not just for me, for the other guys, too; Louis (Oosthuizen), Charl (Schwartzel), Tim (Clark), Rory (Sabbatini) is back in the (Presidents Cup) picture. It could be quite something,” Ernie Els, the South African Open defending champion, said earlier this week.
O’Grady, who scheduled to hold a press conference with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem today at Doral at 1 p.m. (ET), said he is hopeful the two circuits could work out a solution.
“We’ll do whatever we can to get this sorted out,” said O’Grady, who added that there is a window in his schedule that could alleviate the problem. “Where there’s a will there’s a way. All parties are going to have to want it for it to happen. It’s unfortunate but we’ll what we can do.”