2013 Presidents Cup captains announced: full video

If you’re looking for the full, official 36 minute-long video of the Presidents Cup captains announcement, look no further.

Tim Finchem mentions that from 2015, the PGA Tour will be a little more hands off when it comes to choosing the Presidents Cup captains. The process will be more of a consultation process with players and officials. Makes sense.

2013 Presidents Cup captains announced: full video

If you’re looking for the full, official 36 minute-long video of the Presidents Cup captains announcement, look no further.

Tim Finchem mentions that from 2015, the PGA Tour will be a little more hands off when it comes to choosing the Presidents Cup captains. The process will be more of a consultation process with players and officials. Makes sense.

Price replaces Norman as Presidents Cup captain

Three-time major winner Nick Price will captain the International Team at the Presidents Cup in 2013.

Nick Price has been appointed captain of the Internatiaonl Team for The Presidents Cup to be played at Muirfield Village, in Columbis Ohio in 2013. Despite Norman expressing his interest in staying in the role he has been over-looked in favour of the three-time major champion from Zimbabwe.

"This has been a moment that I've been waiting for an awful long time," Price said. "It's probably the most excited I've been about anything in the last five or six years. This is a huge honor, and I'm very, very excited about it."

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Norman hints at return as Presidents Cup captain

Greg Norman has made what sounded a lot like a pitch to being re-appointed Presidents Cup captain.
In the first public comments about the matter, Greg Norman has hinted he would like to be re-appointed as the captain of the International Team for the 2013 Presidents Cup to be held at Harding Park in San Francisco.
Reportedly, Ernie Els gave him the thumbs up on the Sunday following the loss in Melbourne in November last year, and it sounds a lot like Norman is hoping to be back in charge of the team in 2013.
“If I was asked to do it again, I would sit down and I’d think about it, because there’s a two-year commitment.” Norman said. “The inevitable answer to that question would be leaning more to the positive side than the negative side.”

2011 Presidents Cup: Saturday quotes and photos



“Today he believed unbelievable”
– Ernie Els describing Ryo Ishikawa’s self-belief. We think.

“This game, it’s so difficult for me and him bumper to bumper but definitely.”
– The always well-spoken Bubba Watson on his great form with fellow team member, Webb Simpson.

“… match play is such a fiddly game. You can play well and lose and you can play bad and win.”
– Robert Allenby ignores all of the putts he missed in the morning foursomes match with Geoff Ogilvy.

“It’s tough to get these speeds down when you play three days and three different speeds.”
– Dustin Johnson sums up the conditions at Royal Melbourne over the last three days.

2011 Presidents Cup: Saturday quotes and photos



“Today he believed unbelievable”
– Ernie Els describing Ryo Ishikawa’s self-belief. We think.

“This game, it’s so difficult for me and him bumper to bumper but definitely.”
– The always well-spoken Bubba Watson on his great form with fellow team member, Webb Simpson.

“… match play is such a fiddly game. You can play well and lose and you can play bad and win.”
– Robert Allenby ignores all of the putts he missed in the morning foursomes match with Geoff Ogilvy.

“It’s tough to get these speeds down when you play three days and three different speeds.”
– Dustin Johnson sums up the conditions at Royal Melbourne over the last three days.

Movember Inspiration – Noted Golf Architect or 70’s Porn Star

A couple of weeks ago I told you about Noshember… the creative November beard-growing challenge. No Shave November = Noshember.

In response to that post the awesome Aussie Golfer asked, “Is that a rip-off of Movember?” – Turns out Movember is a similar movement… but with a focus on… the mustache. 

Anyone who’s been watching the Presidents’s Cup these last few days has seen some great golf played out on the treacherous fairways of Royal Melbourne.  Stylistically speaking, the uniforms haven’t received much attention … but there’s one particular style statement does have people talking: Australian golf Geoff Ogilvy’s “Movember moment”.  The normally clean-shaven Aussie golfers is currently sporting a prodigious mustache.  Some like it, some loath it but it’s definitely getting attention.

Personally I’m just wondering if Mr. Ogilvy was inspired by the famous golf architect or the iconic porn star.

Americans at home in tough Aussie conditions

You could be forgiven for thinking it was the American Team who look more comfortable in trying conditions at Royal Melbourne.
On the International team bus this morning, Norman said players were excited to see the conditions had turned nasty and most agreed it would be difficult for the US Team. The Internationals wanted Royal Melbourne to play hard for the Friday four-ball's to try and erase the two point deficit from the Thursday foursomes.
Instead, they've found themselves in the same position they were on Thursday evening, two points down.

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Bazza laughs off being hit by Baddeley’s ball

Blustery conditions across Royal Melbourne meant for wild golf as one spectator found out the hard way.
The Presidents Cup match featuring Aaron Badddley, Jason Day, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson was getting very tense as they approached the 17th hole. With the Internationals one hole in front, Aaron Baddeley blasted a wild tee shot left, that bounced off the face of a spectator and back on to the fairway.
It was just the lucky break the International team needed, but not so lucky for 60-year old Barry McCarthy of Mount Eliza.
"I had just said that I was in the right position to get hit by a ball. I kid you not, about thirty seconds beforehand I said that, and then 'bang', I did,", Barry said.

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Bazza laughs off being hit by Baddeley’s ball

Blustery conditions across Royal Melbourne meant for wild golf as one spectator found out the hard way.
The Presidents Cup match featuring Aaron Badddley, Jason Day, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson was getting very tense as they approached the 17th hole. With the Internationals one hole in front, Aaron Baddeley blasted a wild tee shot that bounced off the face of a spectator and back on to the fairway.
It was just the lucky break the International team needed, but not so lucky for 60-year old Barry McCarthy of Mount Eliza.
"I had just said that I was in the right position to get hit by a ball. I kid you not, about thirty seconds beforehand I said that, and then 'bang', I did,", Barry said.

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2011 Presidents Cup: Thursday photos

The opening day of the Presidents Cup had plenty of colour around the Royal Melbourne golf course. 

The International Team must be feeling a little miffed after finishing the day behind the Americans 4 – 2. Earlier in the day, the International Team raced to an early lead in most matches but only Adam Scott and KJ Choi finished with a win, a record 7 and 6 victory over Woods and Stricker. The largest margin in Presidents Cup history.
The predominantly sombre feel around the course has replaced the buzz that surrounded Royal Melbourne earlier in the day, and Aussie Golfer got around to take a few pics away from the action.

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2011 Presidents Cup: Thursday photos

The opening day of the Presidents Cup had plenty of colour around the Royal Melbourne golf course. 

The International Team must be feeling a little miffed after finishing the day behind the Americans 4 – 2. Earlier in the day, the International Team raced to an early lead in most matches but only Adam Scott and KJ Choi finished with a win, a record 7 and 6 victory over Woods and Stricker. The largest margin in Presidents Cup history.
The predominantly sombre feel around the course has replaced the buzz that surrounded Royal Melbourne earlier in the day, and Aussie Golfer got around to take a few pics away from the action.

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Video: Presidents Cup merchandise tent

I got to head through the massive merchandise tent at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne today and thought I’d give everyone a taste of the heavenly place it is.

Presidents Cup Day 1 Foursomes: Thoughts and predictions

The excitement and atmosphere has just reached a new level at Royal Melbourne, after the announcement of the pairings for the opening day's foursomes of the 2011 Presidents Cup.
The opening USA pairing of Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. Photo: Richard Fellner/Inside Golf
Let's check out each of the six matches, and make a few silly predictions on how they might pan out. 
Match 1 (1:05pm): Els/Ishikawa v Watson/Simpson
When Greg Norman announced the opening pair of Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa, there was an audible gasp from Fred Couples. Explaining later, it wasn't in shock but more excitement as he appreciated how good that pair will be.

Ryo Ishikawa arrived late to Melbourne and had course record holder Els, (12-under 60, Heineken Classic 2004) showing him around the Royal Melbourne fairways today. As good as this pairing may be, Watson and Simpson wanted to be paired together and wanted to lead the USA Team out. They might get the point against a rusty Els and young Ishikawa combination. 
Prediction: USA 3up

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Presidents Cup: Day 1 foursomes matches

The Presidents Cup pairings for the Day 1 Foursomes have been announced by team captains Greg Norman and Fred Couples. 
As defending champions, Team USA deferred the right to choose first and Greg Norman chose Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa to lead the way for the International Team. they will face off against Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in Match 1 starting at 1:05pm tomorrow at Royal Melbourne.

Presidents Cup Day 1 pairings:
Match 1 (1:05pm): Els/Ishikawa v Watson/Simpson
Match 2: (1:17pm) Ogilvy/Schwartzel v Haas/Watney
Match 3: (1:29pm) Day/Baddeley v Johnson/Kuchar
Match 4: (1:41pm) Goosen/Allenby v Mickelson/Furyk
Match 5: (1:53pm) Yang/Kim v Mahan/Toms
Match 6: (2:05pm) Scott/Choi v Woods/Stricker

Personally, I think Match 3 is the highlight. Young Aussie’s Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley have been pitted against the US guns Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson, both top-10 ranked golfers.
All the talk though will be about Match 6, where Adam Scott and KJ Choi will play against the always tough Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods pair.
It will be the first time Adam Scott’s caddy Steve Williams will play in the same group as Tiger Woods since Williams’ controversial comments a few weeks ago. The ‘dream’ match-up was not contrived according to both team captain’s, but Couples did have the opportunity to avoid the confrontation with the second pick for Match 5. Both captain’s agreed that if the match-up was going to happen this week, it would be best for it to happen as early as possible.

Presidents Cup: Day 1 foursomes matches

The Presidents Cup pairings for the Day 1 Foursomes have been announced by team captains Greg Norman and Fred Couples. 
As defending champions, Team USA deferred the right to choose first and Greg Norman chose Ernie Els and Ryo Ishikawa to lead the way for the International Team. they will face off against Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in Match 1 starting at 1:05pm tomorrow at Royal Melbourne.

Presidents Cup Day 1 pairings:
Match 1 (1:05pm): Els/Ishikawa v Watson/Simpson
Match 2: (1:17pm) Ogilvy/Schwartzel v Haas/Watney
Match 3: (1:29pm) Day/Baddeley v Johnson/Kuchar
Match 4: (1:41pm) Goosen/Allenby v Mickelson/Furyk
Match 5: (1:53pm) Yang/Kim v Mahan/Toms
Match 6: (2:05pm) Scott/Choi v Woods/Stricker

Personally, I think Match 3 is the highlight. Young Aussie’s Jason Day and Aaron Baddeley have been pitted against the US guns Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson, both top-10 ranked golfers.
All the talk though will be about Match 6, where Adam Scott and KJ Choi will play against the always tough Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods pair.
It will be the first time Adam Scott’s caddy Steve Williams will play in the same group as Tiger Woods since Williams’ controversial comments a few weeks ago. The ‘dream’ match-up was not contrived according to both team captain’s, but Couples did have the opportunity to avoid the confrontation with the second pick for Match 5. Both captain’s agreed that if the match-up was going to happen this week, it would be best for it to happen as early as possible.

2011 Presidents Cup: Who is K.T.Kim?

If you look down the list of International Team players, you may be asking, who is K.T.Kim?
It is arguable who is the most recognisable golfer across the 24 players in this week's Presidents Cup, but K.T.Kim won't be in the argument.
Kim is the most unknown, unrecognisable golfer in the Presidents Cup but he will play a huge role in attempting to secure a win for the International Team at Royal Melbourne this week.

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2011 Presidents Cup: Who is K.T.Kim?

If you look down the list of International Team players, you may be asking, who is K.T.Kim?
It is arguable who is the most recognisable golfer across the 24 players in this week's Presidents Cup, but K.T.Kim won't be in the argument.
Kim is the most unknown, unrecognisable golfer in the Presidents Cup but he will play a huge role in attempting to secure a win for the International Team at Royal Melbourne this week.

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On phones, cameras and backpacks at the Presidents Cup

I've had a load of people asking about the mobile phone and camera policy at the Presidents Cup this week. Here are the official word from The Presidents Cup organisers.

Mobile phones are permitted on course in designated areas
The Presidents Cup will permit fans to bring their mobile phones into the tournament as part of The Presidents Cup mobile device policy.
Dos and Don’ts for mobile phone use at The Presidents Cup:
• Phones must be in silent mode at all times.
• Phone calls may be placed or received in event-approved designated areas only (see on-site signage).

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Bus mishap bonding session for International Team

The Presidents Cup International Team found themselves in a team building exercise, bus mishap last night.

Jason Day and Greg Norman on the streets of Melbourne getting the team bus back onto the street.
Greg Norman organised a team dinner in the Melbourne CBD last night to bring all players a little closer together, but it turned out to be more of a team building exercise when the team bus got wedged on a curb on the way back from the restaurant.

All players had to get off the bus, and Greg Norman and KJ Choi managed to direct the bus back off the curb and down a narrow lane. Geoff Ogilvy said it was the sort of thing all players involved will remember and laugh about for years.

KJ Choi directs the bus while team captain Greg Norman ponders Thursday’s pairings.

Geoff Ogilvy tweeted this photo not long before the incident: