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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 272
• Mark O’Meara wins the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, defeating Tiger Woods and David Duval by one shot. • OJ Simpson is found liable for the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court action. • Prime Minister John Howard wins Parliamentary support for a constitutional convention on the republic. • Czech Petr Korda defeats Chilean Marcelo Rios 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to claim the Australian Open title. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 1997 THIS WEEK IN ... 1997 PRESIDENTS CUP DOWN UNDER T HE Royal Melbourne Golf Club was announced as host of the 1998 Presidents Cup. For the first time in its history, the Presidents Cup was set to be held outside of the United States. Peter Thomson would lead the International team, while Jack Nicklaus was named to replace Arnold Palmer as American captain. The International team boasted the likes of Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Steve Elkington, Vijay Singh and Nick Price. While the United States was led by a young Tiger Woods and also included seven other major winners incluidng David Duval, Fred Couples, Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O'Meara and Davis Love III. The Internationals wasted no time once the tournament arrived – jumping out of the gates on Friday morning and finishing the day with a four-point lead, having dominated the foursomes and four-ball sessions. By Saturday afternoon, the tournament was as good as over, with the International team stretching its lead to nine points before Sunday’s singles matches. By the end of a sometimes wet Sunday afternoon, the Internationals had claimed the trophy for the first time – 201⁄2-111⁄2. Renowned course designer and nine- time winning professional, Mike Clayton, later commented that the players and teams needed to respect the nuances of the course, and prepare accordingly. "To get it close at Royal Melbourne, you've got to play it from the right part of the fairway, you have to hit the right shot and more often than not you have to judge the wind, then you've got to land it in the right place to bounce the ball to the hole,” Clayton said. “Clearly in 1998 (the US) had no clue how to play the golf course. To dismiss it as just another golf course is incredibly naive." The nine-point winning margin remains the second-largest in tournament history – but it also remains the Internationals’ only victory in the event. The tournament will return to Royal Melbourne for a third time in 2019. E VIDEO: THE INTERNATIONALS WIN THE PRESIDENTS CUP WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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