Internationals Want Aid From Flies To Capture Prez Cup

From an unbylined story in the Sydney Morning Herald:

The International players sometimes wondered if they were really playing a home game in the past four days at Royal Montreal, near the US border. The galleries cheered for Americans Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson sometimes with greater fervour than the Internationals.

If the competition returns to somewhere close to the US, watch out for a mutiny.

"I think South Africa and Australia would be the best place," said International Vijay Singh.

The US Tour selected Canada for this year's event because of its proximity to the US, making it an easy trip for the American players, and the time zone suited US television.

But Scott and his teammates want the Americans on the other side of the world, where the heat, flies, jetlag and all of those other intangibles will come into play.

The Internationals started yesterday's singles needing to win 10 of 12 matches to pull off an unlikely victory. They did win seven matches, but the US prevailed 19½ to 14½ overall.

The four Australians were generally disappointing. Geoff Ogilvy and Stuart Appleby finished with two wins and three losses, while Adam Scott had one win, three losses and one tie. Nick O'Hern posted one win and four defeats.