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Monday
Oct072013

Pro Golf Wraps In Columbus For 2013, Sun Expected All Week

It's never fun to see a great golf town and even greater golf club like Muirfield Village suffer through a brutal four days of the Presidents Cup with rain, rain and more rain because (A) they want to showcase their course, and (B) the aftermath mess is so much worse than what everyone sees by Sunday.

And you can't fault anyone for this, except the very person responsible for all of the rain that forecasters say will leave town with the Cup: Barack Obama.

Oh I know, you're thinking Chief Leatherlips or the Moundbuilders had something to do with the neverending downpours at Muirfield Village in the face of 30% forecasts. But from the moment Jack Nicklaus started campaigning for Mitt Romney, it was apparently that the President of the United States and Honorary Presidents Cup Chairman would get his revenge by ordering the NSA to seed Dublin, Ohio's rain clouds with special downpour tablets.

Besides poor Muirfield Village, the other big loser in all this rain was NBC, or as it's known to most of you, Golf Channel on NBC. Tape delaying the final day by a few hours and talking about the match outcome being in doubt proved to be as much of a credibility booster as Karl Rove insisting that the presidential election couldn't be called. I'm not sure what the solution was with the contractually obligated Seve Trophy on Golf Channel, but after reading the Twittersphere and the SI Confidential back-and-forth over NBC's call, airing the Presidents Cup and deciding matches on tape delay proved to be a crediblity hit for both event and network.

Speaking of injuries, Tiger threw out his back again and can't wait to not touch a club for a while (Bob Harig). He also called it a "long week."

"I think a few of us are a little bit dinged up and our physios did a hell of a job this week getting us out there and keeping us going.

Mercifully for his health and long term prospects, Tiger's fall schedule looks light for some time (Alex Miceli), with only a the Turkey race event, an exhibition with Rory in China and the World Challenge.

Woods' plans are limited the rest of the fall: Turkey for one of the Race to Dubai events, a one-day exhibition with Rory McIlroy in China and of course his tournament in California in December.

The question is will that much rest be enough to come back ready to go at Torrey Pines in late January?

And even better, Brandel Chamblee even complimented his swing on the Live From wrap:

“All week long, Tiger was swinging as well as I’ve seen him swing all year long.”

Mark Lamport-Stokes says the Presidents Cup format-change groundswell, which is currently trying to dry out by hanging its socks on the Hyatt Place Dublin's towel rack, wants the format to change merely to keep the exhibition closer. Essentially, the format-changers want the same setup as the Ryder Cup, with four matches a session until the singles

On a lighter noted, Jordan Spieth hit himself in the head repeatedly with an iron shaft, so there was that appointment television moment. Luke Kerr-Dineen with the GIF.

The WAGs looked super and Tiger got a big kiss from Lindsey Vonn. More importantly, whoever was in charge of WAG uniforms had rain boots in the repertoire, as you'll see in this GolfDigest.com WAG slideshow.

Oh and from Golfweek's five things, it seems this is it for three-peater Captain Couples.

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Reader Comments (19)

No mention of the quality of golf? It was amazing and entertaining, someone tweeted that the birdie total was Int 180, US 184. Both sides played well and the best team won, isn't that what we want to see?

It was a great event to watch until NBC decided to treat it like the Hartford. Note to Fox, find a way to show live golf, even if it means you have to think out of the box.
Yep, lots of birdies and best team won but such BORING golf ... compared with 2 years at the incomparable Royal Melbourne. Hope Korea's an improvement on MVGC.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaddie Lay
Good grief....could you complain a bit more about the weather Geoff?
10.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
I wasted a total of eleven minutes watching the proceedings. The season is too long and the fact that it was played at a Tour stop didn't help either. A great Tour stop, but no novelty here.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Inexcusable coverage by NBC.

Pulitzer-worthy blogging by Geoff for the summary. The Karl Rove reference was da bomb.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
On the strength of the WAG's photo's, I would say that, pound-for-pound, Dufner is the most successful player out there.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered Commentermehstg
The Presidents Cup needs some changes, but all of the people talking about a format change are misguided. A format change is a bad call for several reasons: 1) it needs its own identity, copying the Ryder Cup format won't help with that 2) The internationals got trumped in the two sessions they were allowed to sit people and 3) by that logic the Ryder Cup format needs to change because the Euros keep winning. Changing the format in order to help one of the teams, just smells like a bit of a perversion of competition.

Instead, what the Presidents Cup needs to change is the international team needs a sense of ownership in the cup. Like the Euros and the Americans in the Ryder Cup, they need to be in charge of choosing who their captain will be, not Finchem. They should also be in charge of setting their own qualifying structure, the current one which uses the owgr gives them to many players who played well last year, but not this year (see Loius O). And three their home federations should get some of the profits.

Eventually as Asia continues to improve at golf, the Presidents cup will be more competitive. Changing the process, rather than the format, will make the team competition more meaningful over the long haul.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelf
elf, good points that make sense.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Ratings will be interesting. Doubt it draws over a 2 on tape against NFL.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia driven
Just listened to M. Collins and B. Harig on Digital Drive calling this a "blowout." Did they watch the same event I did? The one where the mighty US squad beat the lowly Internationals by 3 points - which, least we forget, in match play means if one of the US wins (out of 34 matches) goes into the loss column and one ends in a draw, the whole event ends TIED? That now constitutes a "blowout?" I thought I saw a weekend of great golf shots on a course that held up well despite the deluges, great sportsmanship exhibited by elite athletes and followed by hardy spectators. For those novitiates who watched around the world (yes, it did air in other places besides the US) the game of golf came off as a reasonably enjoyable endeavor, no?
10.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfun game
@Elf: Good points: +1

How about digging out the modified stableford from the good ole (but now defunct) International PGAT then? Same format in terms of foursomes and 4-balls and point totals for winning the cup itself ...but just use best team stableford to determine who wins the 18-hole match. Would be less halved matches IMO and therefore more movement on the leaderboard. And like match-play, it rewards bold play and punishes bad play but not too badly.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
The qualify of golf was pretty fantastic. The commentators were gushing at times over the high level of play. Both teams looked good and it seemed like a great atmosphere. Tiger and Phil were exciting, and the US got a nice win.

It was not a blowout. Several of those matches were close to swinging the other way, and the International team didn't lay down.

NBC even tape delays the Olympics, so don't expect much from them. I'd love to see how they maintain their ratings without live coverage. It's nuts. Personally, I do watch things on tape delay though.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenney
quality* Sorry about the typo. We need an edit feature!
10.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenney
Didn't watch any of it. SEC and NFL Football seasons trumps the Prez Cup; and on top of that we played Whistling Straits, Irish Course, and the two Blackwolf Run tracks Thursday thru Sunday. Couldn't fit watching the second tier golf exhibition into my schedule. Ryder Cup, yeah. Prez Cup, not hardly. BTW, Pete Dye is the best, bar none of the modern designers.
Pete dye copies himself on every course he makes. other than that he is pretty good. Me thinks though doak is far better.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered Commentervwgolfer
PD has also, for the most part, been given some pretty nice budgets to build courses. That makes a huge difference. But he's good, agreed.
10.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSal
@Pro: Pete Dye makes golfers think their way around. Clever man. Long Cove on Hilton Head was a brute, yet fun if you could pull off the required shot...but there was always ample room to make a gentleman's bogey.
10.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
@ Johnnycz I have worked with Pete a couple of time. He is the best at designing Risk-Reward golf holes. He is a master at deception. He makes you jplay to the safe side and then you have the worst angle. I have worked with Jack, Tom F. , Arnold - Ed Seay, and a host of other 'names' and he is the without the question the most creative. Doesn't use a CAD. Best at drainage ever!

@ vwgolfer Where do you think Doak learned his craft? First job he had was working on Long Cove -- they wouldn't let him touch any equipment. He worried Pete to death with letter after letter to come work for him.

Alistair Cooke called him the "Michelangelo of the greens" - agree.

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