DUBLIN, Ohio – When the golf world returns to Muirfield Village later this year for the Presidents Cup it will include many of the same players who are assembled in central Ohio for this week’s Memorial.
Even better news for International captain Nick Price, it seems certain to include two of the same flags – as in those from South Africa and Australia.
Currently, nine of the top 10 players on the International points list are from South Africa or Australia, with the lone exception being Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee. It’s a predisposition that made Tuesday’s player meeting with Price particularly upbeat.
“It’s kind of a tough thing,” said Masters champion Adam Scott, who is first on the International points list. “You’re asking the rest of the world to come together and unite. It’s not like asking one country to do it.”
Scott said he has seen a similar team dynamic before at the biennial match. Nine of the 12 players on the 2003 International team that played the U.S. to a draw in South Africa were from Australia or South Africa.
“We can gel together. We can play foursomes together. We can play fourball. Basically speaking the same language, playing the same ball. I think at the moment we’re looking OK,” said Ernie Els, who is currently fourth on the points list.