2007 Presidents Cup Tremendous Success
By Scott A. Sumner
The opportunity to see the 2007 Presidents Cup in action was fantastic for me. The magnitude of the eventwas evident as soon as I drove through the gates of the Royal Montreal
Golf Club and pulled up in front of the massive media centre. This would be my 3rd visit to Royal Montreal. The first was to see Tiger Woods miss one of his few cuts on the PGA Tour in 1997 and the second in 2001 for the Canadian Open. The 1997 was special for me as my father and I made the trip together. However this year you could just sense the excitement in the air as you had a team competition- The US against the rest of the world minus Europe. The presence of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els as well as 21 other top golfers also helped. The organization of the event was by the PGA Tour and it was done in a first class manner. The team rivalry was a big excitement factor, especially with Mike Weir of Canada in his own backyard.
Royal Montreal is the oldest golf club in North America and has two 18 hole and a 9 hole course. “ It is really handy having the 9 hole course as it is good for our junior program and you don’t get so intimidated as you might on the Blue course,” smiles Lorene Brennen,
a 10 year member at Royal Montreal. “ Anyone can apply to join our course. You put in your application and must be sponsored by two members. It can be busy at Royal Montreal but you can get on as a member anytime. There is Ladies Day on Tuesdays, Seniors Days, Corporate Days and Tournament Days. They did some recent modifications and needed upgrades to remain a significant golf course.”
The Royal Montreal course is certainly one of the finest in Canada. It is a classic layout in a beautiful setting that compliments other beautiful courses in Canada like Hamilton Golf Course and Shaughnessy in Vancouver. It was really perfect for a major event like the
Seeing the team matches of foursomes and two ball was exciting. It really displayed a comradery amoungst the players you rarely see in a regular PGA event. The dominance of the US squad on Day 1 was clear, while Day 2 the International’s come back. After Day 3 it was almost a certainty the US would win, but the singles matches were exciting. Perhaps the match of the event was world Number 1 Tiger Woods against world Number 64 Mike Weir. I watched them both from their warm ups on the range to the conclusion and the atmosphere was electric. The chants of “Go Mike Go” or “Come back to Canada soon” to Tiger were tremendous and felt like a Stanley Cup Hockey Final. Even though the US squad had
already clinched the President’s Cup, Mike winning the match on 18 was a tremendous source of pride for the Canadian supporters. There also were an abundance of Tiger Woods fans which made the match special. The 2007 Presidents Cup was excellent to see and makes me start planning to be at the 2008 Ryder Cup!