This should be a great golfing week.
Not if you want a little excitement, anyway.
Great Britain & Ireland is going to crush Continental Europe at Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche outside Paris and the US of A is going to do the same to The International Team at Muirfield on Jack's place outside Ohio.
At least, that's how it's been every second year, except for one time in each match.
And then there's the teams. Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood have all qualified for the GB & Ireland team, but all of them have passed. McDowell even planned his wedding to take place this week. Lack of respect for Seve Ballesteros, says 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie. Lack of time off with the family, says Poulter.
Can you blame them? Not really.
These players have just been through four weeks of the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour and in three weeks they are going through the same thing on the European Tour at the Final Series.
Starting off with BMW Masters and WGC-HSBC Championship in China. Then Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya and DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The week before and after the Final Series, the European Tour even play in Australia in Perth International and ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, respectively.
Anyway, Sam Torrance has a great team on his hands and so do José Marìa Olazábal. They don't have any viewers, though. The French are capable spectators, but they can do only so much if they are on their own. And they will be.
In Ohio, nobody is skipping the battle. The Americans under the lead of Fred Couples are putting up a stellar team, worthy of a Ryder Cup, and Nick Price has one of the best International teams he can muster. So what's the problem?
Don't get me wrong. The teams are solid and the golf i great, but there's no buzz.
Every second year Europe goes into the singles against the Americans in the Ryder Cup, and these teams produce the goods. Remember last year? Europe won 8½ points on Sunday to win 13½-14½ overall. One of the biggest comebacks in sport. Sundays in President's Cup has been about minimizing the massacre for the Internationals.
The Only time USA has lost the President's Cup, was in 1998, but the only time the match have been close, was in 2003 at Fancourt in South Africa. Stupid rules and both Jack Nicklaus together with Gary Player ruined that.
At 17-17 Ernie Els and Tiger Woods had to settle the whole thing in extra time, but before they could, the sun went down and players had to leave on Monday. So Nicklaus and Player decided to share the victory and claim - on live TV - that this was the friendly spirit in which this match should be played. For once, people had a nail biter of an ending in this match, and suddenly everybody kissed and made up.
Even a draw in Ryder Cup is a thriller, because it means the titleholder gets to keep the trophy, so that makes even all square an exciting result.
For years, the Ryder Cup commission has talked about making the match between Europe and the US more like the President's Cup and do four days in stead of three, but the fact is, that the Ryder Cup is perfect.
This week proves it, and actually, Seve - one of the greatest Ryder Cup players ever - can take credit for that.
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