2010 Presidents Cup at San FranCisco Exciting To See
by Scott A. Sumner
NW Ontario Golfing News
When you are an avid golfer it doesn't get much better than seeing your favourite golfers like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Mike Weir all in one location. Even better when it is a team event like the Presidents Cup where 12 USA top golfers and 12 top golfers from the rest of the world except for Europe. I was able to see the last Presidents Cup held in Montreal in 2007 and this years version was just as exciting. There is something about seeing the comradery, team uniforms, partners and team captains around the Harding Park course, a public facility located near the downtown area of SF. The 34 matches were exciting and resulted in the USA retaining the cup with a score of 18.5 points to 15.5 points.
" We can leave here with our heads high and I am proud of the guys. We will work on a few things to make sure we have a good chance to win the Presidents Cup in 2011 at Melbourne, " said Captain of the USA team, Greg Norman. " When you have a team like Woods and Stricker
step up to win every match it makes it difficult. Sometimes Woods has not stepped up but this time he did. The Ryder Cup gives the US more experience. They are also mostly power players so their style gels well together. We pay for 9 countries in total not just 1 like the US.
I feel some things should change at the Presidents Cup and have mentioned them to Tim Finchem. The whole idea is for the event to grow in stature. It helps to have more fan support in you own country. You have to be a very strong focussed individual to take some of the stuff
people say to you out there. I think the fans were great and about a 70 to 30 split with the Asians, Canadians and Australian visible ."
This tournament was started by the PGA Tour and has been held 6 times in the US and Canada and two outside. The US are one hell of a team. They play the Ryder Cup in the off years so it helps out. We will have to go back th the drawing board. They are a well oiled team.
When we go to Australia it will be easier." said Ernie Els." We had a lot fun, practiced and ate together. Michael Jordan helped as well. It was very easy to pair players up. I wanted Tiger to win every match as he is followed so closely in the media. Our guys just stepped up. It was the way we sent them out and they were magnificent," said Captain Fred Couples. " I would do again if picked. The experience was a way better than any golf tournament before. Picking Michael Jordan as part of team was a blast.The 25,000 people per day were magnificent . It was loud and came quicker than some other events. Everything was perfect."
" I was very impressed with the job of Fred even with details which isn't his personality. We had a great team with different personalities who play incredible golf. I liked sharing the experience
as well as being successful."said Phil Mickelson. "It was pleasure and honor to play with Steve Stricker. We gelled well together. It was nice to get up early on the guys. I was happy with my consistent play and happy with the entire year. This was one of my best experiences as a team. We won! "said Tiger Woods." Tiger holing the putt on 17 and then hitting the 3 iron so close
on 18 was a big turning point.. It was a lot of fun to play withTiger. I felt like I held up my end of the deal as well." said Steve Stricker.
I have followed the golf sport and am a big fan of the format. Isaw that these guys are a team even more than our basketballteams. This team is similar to every championship team I?ever playedon. Phil was able to take guys and give them confidence and help them rebound. It is great to see the sport in a full team concept . I wasn't expecting for anyone to ask me any questions so please don't ask me anymore." laughed Michael Jordan.
When you travel to San Francisco, you are only a 1 hour drive from one of the most beautiful areas you will ever find, Half Moon Bay. Thisarea is is right on the Pacific ocean and offers so many activities in the spectacular outdoors. In my case I was looking forward to playing
the Half Moon Bay Golf Links- The Ocean course. If you want a pace to stay that is both relaxing and costeffective be sure to try the Half Moon Bay Lodge. This hotel has guest rooms with golf course views or garden views of the Old Course of Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Minako Maki is the Conference Manger of Half Moon Bay Lodge, a great place for escape, a getaway. " The people come here from San Francisco and far away to escape the heat. Our rates are
weekday $135 and weekend $199. We have a golf package which is a really nice package where we even add the golf ball!"Nick Colvin is an Assistant Golf Professional at the 36 hole
Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Arnold Palmer deigned the Old course and Arthur Hills the Ocean Course which opened in 1997. " The Ocean course is windier and has spectacular views of the ocean with especially the closing holes which are on the cliff and allow you to see the waves,
some 50 yards away. We are busy every day. The weather is consistent in he 50 to 70 degree range and we golf year round," said Nick Colvin. " The course green fees are week days $160 plus tax and weekends $185. Some people stay in the Ritz Carlton and come from everywhere. I like the Old Course the best as it is harder." The Ocean course is easier to score according to Colvin. Both courses do about 70,000 rounds per year with a 60 40 split on the Ocean.