The Presidents Cup Vs. The Ryder Cup

[Warning: Some NSFW (and NSF the golf course) images ahead]

So, the Ryder Cup is kind of a big deal.

Turns out, so is the Presidents Cup.

Held in the off years (the Ryder Cup is played every other year, the Presidents Cup is played in the “other” years), the Presidents Cup is the US versus the world, minus Europe.

This is great news for fans of Adam Scott and anyone else who isn’t European, but I’m uncomfortable thinking about any scenario in which the entire world gangs up on us.

But maybe that’s just me.

The tournament was created in 1994 and since then, the US has only lost once. There was a tie in 2003, but I’m a glass half-full kind of person, so I’m calling that NOT a loss.

Similar to the Ryder Cup, there are team captains: this year will be Jay Haas (US) and Nick Price (world). For many of the past Cups, you could bet money that you’d see Jack Nicklaus or Fred Couples on the US side and Gary Player representing the world.

Also in line with the Ryder Cup, the format is match play. There are minor adjustments, but you’ll see alternate shot, best ball and halving of points. See my Ryder Cup blog post for more info on the breakdown.

Similar to the Ryder Cup, fans get a little crazy. These guys are playing for country, after all.

Case in point, this chick:

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I mean…I’m all about team spirit, but I usually keep my shirt on at golf tournaments.

Usually.

Anywho, we have to wait until October to see if anyone can top that fan, but it’s doubtful. Since this year’s tourney will be held in South Korea, I doubt we’ll see any pasties under South Korean flags on the course, but who knows. I am a glass half-full kind of person, after all.


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