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October 4, 2009

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



The President’s Cup pits a strong U.S. team, selected on the basis of official earnings from the beginning of the 2008 season, against another strong International team. The International team was selected on the basis of Official World Golf Rankings.

The U.S. team is made up of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink , Sean O’Hair, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard and Captain Couples’ picks Hunter Mahan and Lucas Glover.

The International team consists of Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir, Robert Allenby, Y.E. Yang, Tim Clark and Captain Norman’s picks Adam Scott and Ryo Ishikawa.

The schedule of The President’s Cup is much like the Ryder Cup. Practice rounds, open to the public, will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Opening ceremonies, which will be televised live on the Golf Channel, will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The first round of competition, six matches of foursomes, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Foursomes are matches where two play against two, with partners alternating shots from tee to green. Each team member will be designated to tee off on either odd or even holes for the round.

The second round will begin at 10:55 a.m. Friday morning, for six matches of four-ball. Four-ball is what is commonly referred to as “best-ball” or “better-ball”. Two teammates play their own ball against the other twosome’s two balls, with the best score of the four winning the hole. Both the first and second rounds will be televised on the Golf Channel.

The third round of competition begins at 7:35 a.m. on Saturday morning. Television coverage will begin at 8 PST on NBC, and stay with it until 6 p.m. There will be five matches of foursomes, expecting to finish around 11:50. The first tee time for the fourth round is at 12:05. The fourth round is five matches of four-ball competition.

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