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Golf Australia Express : October 2013 - United Colours of Golf
SPORTING ICONS seldom repeat. But it appears we are crying out for some reflux in the form of a Seve incarnate if the Presidents Cup is to survive the test of time. This week marks the 10th staging of the biennial team match play event, pitting the best of the USA against the rest of the world excluding Europe. In many ways the result at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village in Ohio could well determine whether the PGA Tour-founded tournament even has a future. In case youve missed the musings, the International Team— usually dominated by Australians and South Africans—has only once won the event. That was back in 1998 when Peter Thomson captained the Internationals at Royal Melbourne. As it stands, the ledger swings 7-1 in favour of the Americans, with a tie in 2003 the other result. No matter how you spin it, we're getting absolutely flogged by the Yanks in this event. The ‘rest-of- the-world’s answer to the Ryder Cup has thus far shown you can’t manufacture spirit. You can’t create culture. And that icons are born, not made. A sobering fact for tournament organisers is if the USA Team wins again this week—as they are tipped to do—the earliest the Internationals can square the overall ledger is in 2027. If the Internationals happen to get up, we’re still a decade from tying things up. That’s a long time the Internationals need to dominate. It’s a long time trying to convince golf fans the event still has legs. Of course, these kinds of tournaments are not all about the end scores. Much like a Test in cricket there are numerous plots playing out within the broader storyline of a Presidents Cup on any given day. Yet it seems in order for the event to stay relevant in the main—if in fact it currently is in the