Press Pass Presidents Cup Too Nice

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 26, 2007, 4:00 pm
Press PassEach week, GOLF CHANNEL experts and analysts offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf with the Press Pass.
 
Hot Topic
The Presidents Cup is this week. Is the competition too nice or the way all Cups should be contested?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
Actually, the competition hasnt always been all that nice. Who can forget the infamous singles match in Virginia when Vijay Singhs caddie, Paul Tesori, wore the hat that said; Tiger Who? on the back. Woods failed to see the humor and drummed Big Daddy handily. Yes, the Presidents Cup is more laid back than the Ryder Cup. But there will be nothing laid back this week about the Montreal crowds following Canadian Mike Weir.
 
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have poured enough sugar over this event to rot all 24 sets of team member teeth. While I respect the notion that these are friendly matches, a little animosity would go a long way to creating some public interest. Ryder Cups are always more entertaining when the two sides are bickering.
 
Ian Hutchinson Ian Hutchinson - Contrib. Writer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
The tie negotiated by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player four years ago left me empty and still does. Since then, its been almost syrupy to the point of the Presidents Cup being more of a friendly than true international competition. That doesnt mean that a War by the Shore or Battle of Brookline is necessary. Gentlemanly play is certainly admirable, but the Internationals need to remember that the United States is the defending champ and the dominant team in Presidents Cup history. The Americans need to remember their recent Ryder Cup history and take their frustration out in the Presidents Cup. Now thats entertainment!
 
Hot Topic
Given his recent dominance on the individual level, how will Tiger Woods fare as he once again returns to team competition?
 
Hewitt:
Tiger was raised to be more of a lone wolf than a team player. That doesnt mean he doesnt know the value of teamwork and it doesnt mean he isnt a good guy in the team room. It just means that Tigers nature is beat everybody else on the premises every week. Just one time Id love to see a captain send Woods out by himself, without a partner, in a four-balls match. It wont ever happen. But if it did, I wouldnt bet against him.
 
Baggs:
About the same as he always does in team competitions. He'll proably be around .500 after the first four team sessions and then win his singles match. Tiger certainly wants to win this week -- he always wants to win. But should he lose, the disappointment will last for about 5 seconds.
 
Hutchinson:
Definitely, Tiger is capable of putting it on auto pilot from the last month and that will be sweet for the American team, but having said that, his physical skills have never been questioned. What will truly distinguish Tiger is his leadership, so his contributions off the course will also be an important factor. Theres a big difference between individual and team success and Tiger, more than anybody, should be leading his teams transition from me to we for the Presidents Cup.
 
Hot Topic
Do you like seeing all 12 players compete in every team session, as is the case for the Presidents Cup, or having four players sit out in foursomes and four-ball, like in the Ryder Cup?
 
Hewitt:
I like the idea that the captains have to sit players for the team sessions. It adds an element of intrigue and edginess to the competition. Andrew Coltart didnt play any matches until the Sunday singles at the 1999 Ryder Cup and he drew Woods one-on-one. He never had a chance. And I dont think he was very pleased with captain Mark James.
 
Baggs:
I don't think captains serve much of a purpose in Cup matches, except to pick out some pretty bad looking uniforms. Really their only on-course job is to decide who plays with whom, and who has to sit. I find it far more intriguing when players have to be sidelined.
 
Hutchinson:
Thats such a tough call. If you invite a player, you dont want to waste his time by sitting him down, especially if hes a character player who is aching to compete. However, deciding who plays and who doesnt places a lot of importance on strategy on the part of the captains. Is there anything wrong with distinguishing the Ryder Cup from the Presidents Cup?
 
Hot Topic
Whats the ONE thing you are most looking forward to this week?
 
Hewitt:
Tiger Woods vs. Rory Sabbatini in the final singles match Sunday with the Presidents Cup riding on the outcome of their match.
 
Baggs:
How well Mike Weir performs. He will receive crowd support like no other in Presidents Cup history. He's one of the good guys on TOUR; I hope he plays well.
 
Hutchinson:
A Tiger Woods/Nick OHern showdown in singles would be interesting or how about Canadian homie Mike Weir up against Woods? I think the latter might be the loudest singles match ever. Speaking of Weir, how will he fare in front of his countrymen after being a controversial captains pick by Gary Player? Sunday singles is always the grand finale, the way it should be.
 
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    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

    Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.


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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.