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Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 10:45 am
 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Wake up, America.

Boy, are we missing the overnight news cycle.

While many in the States were sleeping, the pairings for the first day of play at the Presidents Cup were issued, and event organizers are hardly taking the high road when it comes to controversial matchmaking, or gleaning every ounce of juice they might generate.

Not quite two weeks after caddie Steve Williams used a racial term to describe part of former boss Tiger Woods’ anatomy, Woods and Williams’ new boss, Adam Scott, were placed in the final opening-day foursome off the tee as matches begin Thursday in Australia.

That’s hardly all that happened overnight, either, but foisted things first.

After organizers at last week’s Aussie Open declined to pair Scott and Woods, the two captains at the PrezCup wasted no time in putting the pair together, sending them out last on the first day of matches. Reaction was swift.

*The PGA Tour, which runs the event, took no disciplinary action against Williams for uttering the perceived racial slur, but isn’t above using any tension with Woods to hype the event? Nice. Hypocrisy take a 1-up lead.

*Secondly, Woods was a highly controversial selection to the U.S. team to begin with – two-time winner Keegan Bradley, the only Yank to win a major this year, was passed over -- and the tour is clearly milking Woods for all he’s worth.

*If you had forgotten that this is an exhibition, consider yourself reminded. The Aussie Open didn’t pair Woods and Scott because it would have been disruptive to the tournament proper.

*But the Presidents Cup is a soap opera, not a real tournament, and not above pandering to draw eyeballs in a time zone 16 hours away from the U.S. eastern time zone. In fact, this thing looks more like pro wrestling that professional golf. Maybe the Rock ought to be tapped as a future assistant captain, not Michael Jordan.

*Despite some misdirection from U.S. captain Fred Couples --or maybe he was just a mite confused, as usual -- Woods was indeed paired with Steve Stricker in the opening matches. The duo has been hugely successful in 2009 and 2010 as dance partners and Woods was 5-0 at the Presidents Cup two years ago in San Francisco. Yeah, we're sure you're as shocked as we are.

At 2 a.m. ET, the tour announced that the 2015 Presidents Cup would be staged at an undetermined in golf-crazed South Korea, which represents a savvy move. The Ryder Cup, the granddaddy of all international matches, isn’t held outside the U.K. or the United States, and the decision to stage the PrezCup in Asia for the first time is shrewd for a variety of reasons.

The European Tour has a better grip on Asian markets already, co-sanctioning several events with other tours, and this will insinuate the PGA Tour into more homes and markets. Not to mention that this year’s International team at Royal Melbourne has three Koreans on the roster.

In an unrelated note, yet one that will generate plenty of chatter going forward, it was announced Wednesday that Woods will skip playing the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines in January in order to play for pay at the European Tour event the same week in Abu Dhabi.

Woods has won seven tournaments at Torrey and only once has finished outside the top 10 – last year. The blowback will be at least two-fold: Woods will get ripped for blowing off his most successful venue for a payday, and speculation will heighten about where he will play on the West Coast instead, be it at Pebble Beach, Riviera or wherever.

Woods frequently played the Dubai event in the EuroTour's Desert Swing, but his contract expired this year, and he was fined for spitting on a green in the final round. Interestingly, the Abu Dhabi event is run by IMG, Woods' former managament agency.

Though he hasn't won anywhere in over two years, Woods reportedly commands a $2 million appearance fee, the top figure in the game.

Based on what just happened at the Presidents Cup, what are the odds that Woods will be "drawn" with Rory McIlroy over the first two days?

Warm up those eyebrows, people, because there's plenty of wattage in the sarcasm meter these days.

Here are the opening pairings for tonight's foursomes (alternate shot) matches:

BUBBA WATSON / WEBB SIMPSON
ERNIE ELS / RYO ISHIKAWA

BILL HAAS / NICK WATNEY
GEOFF OGILVY / CHARL SCHWARTZEL
 
DUSTIN JOHNSON / MATT KUCHAR
AARON BADDELEY / JASON DAY
 
PHIL MICKELSON / JIM FURYK
RETIEF GOOSEN / ROBERT ALLENBY
 
HUNTER MAHAN / DAVID TOMS
KYUNG-TAE KIM / Y.E. YANG
 
TIGER WOODS / STEVE STRICKER
ADAM SCOTT / K.J. CHOI

 


 

Comments

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

HIPPE BOB...IF YOU LET UP FOR A MONTH OR TWO THE CALLASES ON YOUR HANDS WILL GO AWAY..........ITS OK TO BE JEALOUS OF TIGER...EVERYONE KNOWS HE`S PULLED MORE TRIM IN A YEAR THAN YOU HAVE IMAGINED IN YOUR HANDS......LIKE ANYTHING IN LIFE WERE ALL WHERE WERE AT.....TIGER IS STILL KICKING IT AND WE ARE STILL WHO WE ARE.NO DISRESPECT TO YOU BUT LETS KEP IT REAL.......TIGER IS CLEARLY THERE BECAUSE OF $$$$$$$$$$$$$ AND THAT IS ALL.....RELAX BRO....THE GOOD IN LIFE IN EVERY ATMOSPHERE IN TIME WILL TURN GOOD...........



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

Scott & Choi OVER Weeds & Stricker is a gimme.

I'll guarantee and guarantee your money back up to $100K.
Tiger "the whoremonger' WOODS has NO Business even being at this Event.
His play this year has been worse than mediocre.

His former caddy obviously carried him for the last 7 years.
Now that he is on his own he is useless & worthless,  unless he has fans to kick his shots back into the fairway

The only reason he is there in spite of his terrible play is because there are still dummies who want to watch this HAS BEEN Play


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Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:15 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

it feels more and more like the whole thing is contrived to build Tiger into a sympathy figure.  These multi millionaires are pretty smart - the whole thing adds up to better ratings for an exhibition event.  Plus Tiger gets to look like a victim - classic reputation rebuilder courtesy of Steinberg.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

If Toms/Mahan win, it will be because of Toms. Mahan's nerves don't hold up under that kind of pressure.



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

When will one of Iowa's many great course host this event?  It's a complete injustice.



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

Here's my picks, guaranteed to win or none of your money back:

Bubba & Webb over Ernie & Ryo
-Ishikawa hasn't been playing well against high level competition all year.

Ogilvy & Schwartzel over Haas & Watney
-Geoff knows the course better than anyone & is on a bit of a streak.

Baddeley & Day over Dustin & Matt
-Both Aussies have been playing very well lately & are comfortable @ Royal Melbourne.

Lefty & Furyk over Goosen & Allenby
-Retief will probably have to carry Allenby, who needs a voodoo doctor to fix his putter.

Mahan & Toms over Kim & Yang
-Kim will have to amaze as a big stage rookie or he & Y.E. may get crushed.

Scott & Choi over Woods & Stricker
-As happy as I would be to see the USA get this point, I feel the Americans are both too far off their games right now.

Call it 3-3 after the first day ends.

FAIR WARNING:  Given my history in picking winners in ANY sport on the planet (specifically noting the fact that I suck at it), you might just as well pick the opposite on every one of my picks & do very well.




Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

For the uninitiated, that means that the last thing you want to do is awaken a sleeping Tiger.  Tiger Woods is at his best when he is being personally challanged.  The person I feel the most sorry for is Adam Scott.  He is one of the most talented players in the game, but has to play second fiddle to his caddie in the media.  Scott should dump Stevie as soon as he can find another caddie.


Teres Minor... how fitting that you have chosen a nom de plume associated with an oft injured muscle group.  I would have thought frontal lobe or hippocampus to be more apropos anatomically, given your symptoms and all.   It seems one of those is injured in your case regarding short term memory.  This is about trying to squeeze any bit of value out of the "Sleeping Tiger" that may remain.  He has done nothing to redeem himself since his fall from... grace?  If they wait any longer to put him in the limelight he may soon become worthless as a fan draw.  How is it that giving Tiger something to think about other than his golf swing is going to improve his game or awaken the sleeping Tiger as you put it.  The fact that he is still Tiger Woods between the ears is not going to work in his favor.  His body seems to have been rehabbed for the most part although father time has taken his toll.  The problem with him is mostly just as you seem to dismiss... the stuff between the ears.



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

Adam Scott.  He is one of the most talented players in the game, but has to play second fiddle to his caddie in the media.  Scott should dump Stevie as soon as he can find another caddie.
Totally agree. Williams should know all to well how he got the job on Tiger's bag - Fluff Cowan was becoming too much of a celebrity. Williams needs to get himself below the media radar or he will lose Scott's bag, too. As for this pairing, it is all about the TV ratings and the $$$ associated with the ratings. This was not a pairing that was made based on competetive matching - it was made to get people to tune in and see if Stevie and Tiger can play nice against each other. Which brings us back to the point - it really isn't about Tiger vs. Adam Scott, is it?



Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Cup pairings not exactly Presidential in timbre

A sleeping Tiger, please. Check the world rankings. Enough said!!!!!


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