2013 Presidents Cup Picks

PrezOddly enough, the lead up to the 2013 Presidents Cup has been strangely quiet.  Almost anti-climactic for serious golf fans, with the only fanfare being the omission of Jim Furyk off Freddy Couples‘ American squad.  That controversy lasted about half a news cycle and then more silence.  At last check, there were still tickets available; the problem being that this event generates as much passion as a Thursday night football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, which incidentally is up against the prime time replay of the golf coverage on October 3rd.  Who’ll win the ratings battle?

Let’s get the predication out of the way and focus on some more interesting side stories.  The Americans are loaded for bear top to bottom and should win handily against an undermanned International team, but will struggle, as they do in most match play events, and win in a squeaker 18-16.  After watching the underdog Euro team dominate the heavily favored U.S. squad in this year’s Solheim Cup, nothing will surprise me.

Jordan Speith  From usatoday.com

Jordan Speith
From usatoday.com

If you believe as I do that the Ryder Cup is the premier international match-play competition, than the addition of Jordan Speith to the American Presidents squad has got to excite you.  This guy has got the stones for winning at a very young age and the match-play experience will only ready him more for next year’s competition at Gleneagles.  I also like that Hunter Mahan is on the team.  He needs the match play work to continue to exercise the choking demons of the 2010 Ryder Cup catastrophe at Celtic Manor.  See a pattern here?

This year’s International team is featuring five South Africans, but those not named Schwartzel, Els, or Oosthuizen have never sniffed international competition.  First timers Branden Grace and Richard Sterne are relative unknowns, although Grace finished 18th at The Masters, which was his top performance in 12 events on this year’s PGA Tour.

Finally, I am amused every week that Phil and Tiger are in the same field.  When Tiger struggles, the media has a sky is falling conniption fit, but when Phil plays poorly, hardly anyone notices.  The public roots more intensely for Phil over Tiger, but Woods has set his personal bar much higher, and Phil has rolled on the career roller coaster with predictable regularity.  At the end of the day, I think the players take The Presidents Cup more seriously than the fans.  Enjoy the spectacle and see you at Muirfield Village.

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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5 Responses to 2013 Presidents Cup Picks

  1. Nice read Brian!

    Will definitely share this with my social media!

    I think the U.S. is an automatic pick to win because they just have too many weapons. You have the Player of the Year, A British Open champ, a PGA Championship winner who’s as tough as they come, a rookie who’s going to be something special for years to come and they have another guy with multiple wins this season. The International team has its weapons in Jason Day, Ernie Els and Adam Scott but the U.S. is going to be a giant wall of American flag covered golf balls as good as they’ll be. Again, great read Brian and keep up the great work! http://gpgolfreport.com/

    • Brian Penn says:

      Colin, what is great about these competitions is watching the unknown players who don’t excel in stroke play. Sometimes they kill it in match play and are coveted for years. Ian Poulter comes to mind. BTW, you have a very nice blog and I am now a follower! Thanks for the comment. Brian

      • Brian,

        I couldn’t agree more, these events can turn zeroes to heroes and legends. Ian Poulter is definitely a great examplle as he’s been nothing but dominant in match play events, and team events and is a huge part of his reputation and why he’s having a near hall of fame career. Thank you so much for following Brian! It really means a lot to me as I continue to grow the site! Feel free to share it as well, again thanks! 🙂

  2. Brian, since the main talk has been about all the Americans fighting to play with Speith who do you see him getting paired with during the competition? Personally, I would love to see him play with Stricker. The two of them wouldn’t miss a wedge or putt all competition.

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