Be patient: the Presidents Cup is going to be great one day soon | Golf News and Tour Information

CHARLOTTE – The Ryder Cup was not played from 1939 to 1945 due to World War II, and the truth is there was absolutely no reason for it to return. There was nothing Wrong eventful, in itself, but it hadn’t started until 1927, and the fledgling company didn’t have a ton of traction in the professional golf world in its first six games. Miraculously, he was resurrected by an Oregon grocery executive, Robert Hudson, who learned that the British PGA and most of Britain were broke after a long, devastating war, and paid for everything from travel to food to accommodation, to bring them here. in Portland in 1947. He even met the British team in New York to throw a party for them at the Waldorf Astoria and travel with them by train to the West Coast. Without him, the Ryder Cup would simply have been forgotten.

Fast forward 30 years. Between Hudson’s Ryder Cup in Portland and the 1977 event at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s, Americans have won or retained the Cup 15 out of 16 times. “Lopside” doesn’t begin to describe it. Tom Weiskopf opted out of the ’77 Cup because he wanted to hunt bighorn sheep, which sounds like a fun historical footnote except for what it says about stature of the event. It took Jack Nicklaus and UK PGA Chairman Lord Derby to insist on expanding the UK and Irish team across Europe, and even so, after two more blowouts, it was a lost sponsor to fall into 1982. Then Tony Jacklin took over. as captain, the Europeans rose from the dead, and almost overnight that exhibition of match-play, which had limped along for more than half a century, still on the verge of collapse without too much of sound nor fury, has become one of golf’s greatest institutions.

If you’ll forgive me for the long history lesson, there’s a point here: it’s taken 60 years for the Ryder Cup to become transcendent, and the Presidents Cup, not yet 30, is going to be great too. We just have to stop worrying and trust in father time.

It really is that simple, but it is difficult for us to collectively summon patience in the age of television and digital, when there is a subconscious need for an institution to succeed immediately or be crushed straight to the guillotine. It’s probably true that global men’s golf has grown a little slower than the PGA Tour anticipated when it launched the Presidents Cup in 1994, and the influx of new talent has been slower to arrive. It’s also true that the global game is bigger than ever, and it doesn’t take a genius to predict that the historic trend will continue.

The Ryder Cup parallel is almost perfect; one team is clearly superior (the garish US record is 11-1-1), and the talent pool doesn’t seem to exist to the same degree on the other side. But there are already so many signs of change; the international team may not “expand” in the same way the British have expanded across Europe, but the growing importance of golf looks like an expansion anyway. While the 1994 first team had seven players from Oceania, four from the two African golfing nations and only one from Japan, the 2019 team had five Asian players from four countries, two from Latin America, one Canadian, three Australians and a South African. Also, look at the scores; the last two Presidents Cups hosted by the Internationals were nail-biters that could easily have gone against the Americans. At the same time, a new international team identity is slowly forming, Ernie Els in 19 was the first captain to treat his role with due seriousness, and Trevor Immelman appears to be following in his footsteps. The worm spins, even if it spins slowly.

This year’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow will almost certainly be an easy win for the United States. Its captaincy system is extremely efficient and the players are somehow both young and experienced, not to mention the record that LIV Golf has had at the Internationals. A lopsided result will accelerate calls to get rid of the Presidents Cup or force it to undergo a drastic format change. But what if, instead, we just enjoy the competition and console ourselves with the thought that these matches are already getting closer and closer down the road, and will almost certainly be fantastic 10 to 20 years ? It may seem like a long time, but historically it’s practically tomorrow.

The Ryder Cup should have died many times over, and it took the extraordinary energy and vision of certain individuals to ensure that it teetered to the point where it became unstoppable. Sure, LIV Golf has at least temporarily gutted the international squad, but so what? It might not last very long, and even if it does, match play tag team events are no strangers to huge upheavals. Nothing is likely to upset the Americans this year in Charlotte, but imagine if the Internationals are successful? What a beautiful twisted story that would be. This kind of narrative is in play every year and will be until parity is established. In other words, it’s fun even when you think you know the outcome.

So why are so many people so insistent on giving him the Julius Caesar treatment? It doesn’t take away from anything else, even now – would we really prefer any late September event to replace it on the various World Tour schedules?. And if we can just relax and take comfort in history, the day will come when we look forward to the Presidents Cup with the same anticipation we feel on Thursday evening of Ryder Cup week.

If that sounds too crazy to believe, imagine what a British gamer might have thought in 1947 if, as he traveled by train across the American prairies to play in a forgotten exhibit resurrected by an Oregon grocer after a crushing world war, he could have seen the spectacle of a modern Ryder Cup. Compared to this, what does a little patience cost us?

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