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October 4, 2009

On and Off the Course: President's Cup should be entertaining

TERRE HAUTE — Just when we thought golf season was over, and it was time to concentrate on football, we must awaken from our naps, because there’s going to be some exciting golf for us to watch next weekend. The President’s Cup will run from Oct. 6-11 at Harding Park in San Francisco.

The President’s Cup was created to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. It made sense, since the Ryder Cup, pitting Europeans against Americans, had become such a popular television event, and there were so many good golfers from non-European countries playing professional golf. This year’s International team has players from Australia, Fiji, Columbia, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, South Korea and Japan.

The first event was held in 1994 and was to be held biannually, however, the 2002 Cup was postponed until the following year, due to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. , and it has been on the odd year ever since. The tradition is that the head of state of the country hosting the event serves as honorary chairman. This year President Obama has accepted that honor.

The captain of the U.S. team is Fred Couples, and he has named as his assistants Jay Haas and Michael Jordan — yes, THAT Michael Jordan! Jordan won’t be able to say much to the players about their golf games, but he is a golf nut, and he knows a few things about winning.

The captain of the International team is Greg Norman, with Fred Nobilo as his assistant. With Couples and Norman at the helm of each team, the President’s Cup is sure to produce antics, laughs, and lots of celebrity cameos. Both men spoke of their biggest challenge, outside of making the captain’s picks, as the clothing issue. Greg has to find clothing styles that fit both Camilo Villegas and Vijay Singh, and that’s a big difference in size and style!

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