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The Presidents Cup at the Golf Club of Dublin

The Presidents Cup at The Golf Club of Dublin

This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples and is published as a part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com.

I just returned home from an eventful week of Presidents Cup activities. It started off with a trip to the White House with International Team Captain Nick Price. We got to spend about 20 minutes trading stories with Presidents Obama in the Oval Office and even rolled a few putts on the putting green near the Rose Garden. Nick and I did our best to convince the Honorary Chairman of The Presidents Cup 2013 to attend the matches in October, and maybe play 18 with us at some point this year!

From there, I flew to Ohio to play in the Memorial Tournament for the 22nd time in my career. As a former champion of the event, I appreciate everything tournament host Jack Nicklaus has done to make Muirfield Village Golf Club one of the special places to play on the PGA TOUR. The gold course is always in amazing condition, and with the new expanded clubhouse and facilities, I have no doubt Muirfield will be a spectacular setting for The Presidents Cup later this year.

Also last week, I was thrilled to name on of my good friends, Davis Love III, as an assistant captain to the 2013 U.S. Team. A veteran of more than a dozen Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups as a play or captain, Davis will be a tremendous asset to the team, and I look forward to working with him and returning assistant Jay Haas.

Nine of the top 10 players in the U.S. Presidents Cup standings played the Memorial Tournament. I had the opportunity to play with or visit with many of those guys and get better acquainted with some others looking to play their way onto the team. Matt Kuchar, a regular on Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams over the last few years, won going away and moved to second in the U.S. standings as captain, that’s always a great result to see.

Automatic qualifying for 10 of the 12 roster spots on the U.S. Team will be finalized at the end of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, with my two captain’s picks to follow on September 4. I look forward to the home stretch of qualifying as the excitement builds for The Presidents Cup at Jack’s place.

See you in October!

Fred

This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples as is published as a part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here.

The Presidents CupAs it does every April, being at Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters inspired me to play some great golf during the week. I seem to find a comfort zone there each year, which has allowed me to contend into my 50s. I hope to continue to play the Masters for many years to come and can’t wait to tee it up next year, as I relish each and every opportunity to compete in one of the world’s great sporting events.

In Augusta, it was great to see and play with many of the players that I have captained in the last two Presidents Cups, as well as several players who I expect to play their way onto the U.S. Team for the first time in 2013. I played a practice round with Tiger, and also got an up-close look at Dustin Johnson in the first two rounds.

Congratulations to Adam Scott, who moved to No. 1 in The Presidents Cup International Team standings in claiming the first Green Jacket for Australia. Adam is a classy player and individual, and his Masters victory will add to the buildup of The Presidents Cup as the event draws near.

The world also got a view of the future in Augusta, as 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China wowed us all with his skill, demeanor and poise. I’m certain sometime in the near future, The Presidents Cup International roster will have a representative from China as the game continues to flourish in that part of the world.

While my team that gathers at Muirfield Village Golf Club this fall will most likely have several Presidents Cup rookies, you will also see players that have been staples of Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup teams for years. Every captain is different in terms of his approach to a team’s makeup, but relying on veteran leadership has been a successful formula for me in leading the team in the last two playings. I want our young players to relax, have fun and be comfortable with their pairings, and our veteran players have certainly helped in that process.

I look forward to monitoring the U.S. Team standings in the coming weeks and months in anticipation of what should be a great Presidents Cup at Jack’s place in October.

Easter is coming up soon and it’s a great time to hop out to Brunch with the whole family!  Here is a list of the Easter Brunches that will be available in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, March 31st.  Please call ahead for reservations as restaurants are filling quickly.Easter Lilly

  • Matt the Miller’s will be serving an upscale Easter Brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carving stations and enhanced Chef selections will be served in addition to their already fabulous Sunday Brunch. Be sure to enjoy the Bloody Mary Bar! Adults $24.95, Children 5-10 $7.95, children 4 and under are free with paying adult. www.MtMTavern.com 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive. 614/799-9100.
  • The Venue at Corazon is having a Family Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy an exquisite buffet of traditional Easter fare in a family-friendly setting with children’s activities. Don’t miss visiting with the special guest – the Easter Bunny! $24.95 Adults, $9.95 children 3 to 11, children under 3 are free. www.theVenueatCorazon.com 7155 Corazon Drive. 614/504-5240.
  • Whole Foods of Dublin is serving a fresh All-You-Can-Eat Easter Brunch from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. in their store. Enjoy Herbed Leg of Lamb, Fresh Carved Ham, Made to Order Omelets, French toast and Pancakes, Pasta Salads, Fresh Fruit and Veggie Salads, Desserts and much more. Adults $25, Children under 10 $12, Children under 5 are free. www.wholefoodsmarket.com 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. 614/760-5556.
  • Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel – The Dublin Metro Bar & Grill (at the Crowne Plaza Dublin)  is offering a dynamic Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. that includes a chef’s carving station, omelet and crepe stations, breakfast and dinner items, children’s buffet, ice sculptures and live piano music. Reservations required. $28.95 adults, $19.95 seniors, kids ages 6-11, $14.95. Children under 6 free.  600 Metro Place North. 614/764-2200 www.crowneplaza.com/dublinoh
  • Columbus Marriott Northwest will be hosting an upscale buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly, Prime Rib of Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast will be a few of the hot items available along with traditional sides. Chilled Shrimp, smoked scallops, crab claws and poached salmon will also be featured, as well as breakfast items like made-to-order omelettes and waffles, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. Fresh baked Danish, muffins and croissants will be available in addition to a bountiful array of pastries and chocolate. Adults $32.95, Seniors $24.95, Children 5-12 are $14.95 and children under 5 are free.  www.columbusmarriottnorthwest.com   5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. 614/791-1000.
  • Golf Club of Dublin will have two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Enjoy brunch favorites of Baked Ham, Prime Rib and breakfast items as well as fresh fruit, salads, side dishes, pastries and desserts. Adults $22.95, Children under 12 are $12.95 and children 4 and under are free. www.golfclubofdublin.com  5805 Eiterman Road. 614/792-3825.
  • La Scala of Dublin is having their annual Easter Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baked Ham, Belgian Waffles, Homemade Manicotti and other breakfast and lunch favorites will be available. Adults $19.95, children under 10 are $11.95. www.lascalaitalianbistro.com 4199 West Dublin-Granville Road. 614/889-9431.

For other dining options in Dublin, Ohio, visit www.IrishisanAttitude.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~Post by Katie

* This post was written by International Team Captain Nick Price and is published as part of a series of Captain’s Blogs on www.presidentscup.com. To view the original posts, click here

Presidents Cup Trophy in Dublin, Ohio

Presidents Cup Trophy in Dublin, Ohio

Hello from the International Team and from my home in Florida. I hope the weather is beginning to warm up wherever you are, and you are dusting off your clubs getting ready for summer.  I’ve been in full-planning mode for The Presidents Cup since being named captain back in May, but we’re definitely getting busier and busier as the months fly by. I’m pleased to take some time and give you an update on how things are coming together.

The biggest development is that we had our first official International Team meeting a few weeks ago at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Doral is just a short drive from home for me, and it was a great opportunity to get together with the guys and spend some time talking about tactics and the competition itself. A total of 13 potential team members attended, and two of my captain’s assistants were able to join me – Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone – so it was wonderful for them to be there and to spend time with a few of the guys they had never met before.  Our week together in October is going to be intense to say the least, so I think it’s important that we get to know each as much as possible before we get there. 

 You might be surprised to hear this, but Doral was my first opportunity to meet Jason Day and Marcus Fraser. I was very impressed with both young men. They’re talented young players, of course, but will have a lot to offer in the team room as well. Both are within the top 15 of the standings and have a great chance of making the team.

Speaking of standings, I’m really starting to track the points more closely now – checking the world rankings and performances of potential team members on a weekly basis. It’s interesting to note that Australians and South Africans are dominating the top 10, with Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan and KJ Choi of Korea the lone exceptions. With two big tournaments on the horizon – the Masters and THE PLAYERS Championship – I expect to see a lot of movement over the next few months. This is always a fun time of year to watch golf, and that’s even more true for me now as a captain.

 As always, thanks for your support of The Presidents Cup. I look forward to sharing another update after THE PLAYERS, when I hope to be celebrating a few big wins by my soon-to-be International Team members.

 Until next time….

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As you may have guessed, the March is our favorite month here in Dublin, Ohio! Our city is home to one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country, and we strive to cultivate Irish attitude year-round. In fact, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau recently partnered with the City of Dublin and local businesses to offer a calendar of unique Irish experiences, and many of them are being held this week! Here’s a quick run-down:

March 16

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic Dublin (11 a.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead (12 p.m. – 12 a.m.)
  • Irish Manor House Dinner Demo & Irish Pub Experience at Whole Foods Market Columbus-Dublin (1 p.m. / 5 p.m.)
    • See how to prepare an Irish dinner that is inspired by products of the Irish countryside and the heritage of the Manor Houses.
    • Sample Irish food, drinks and music at The Local.
    • Ireland’s High Crosses & Irish Tea at Tehku Tea (2:30 p.m.)
      • Learn about some of Ireland’s most famous crosses like Clonmacnoise’s Cross of the Scriptures and Monasterboice’s Muirdach’s Cross. Hear some stories about how these crosses might have affected the lives of people in Ireland’s age of saints and scholars. Materials will be provided for those who would like to create stories of their own on paper crosses. *$5 registration covers take-home gift.

March 17

  • Mezzo with an Irish Attitude (5 – 7 p.m.)
    • Enjoy a special adult prix-fixe menu ($20) that includes several Irish-inspired items (Ham and potato soup, Shamrock Salmon with Dublin Sauce, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, ect.), a children’s buffet, drink specials, musical entertainment and more! *10% of all food/beverage revenue generated from this event will go the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit Dublin Special Olympics
    • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brazenhead

For more activities, visit http://www.IrishApproved.com or call the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/245-8387.

~ Post by Dawn

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St. Patrick’s Day might be 12 days away (yes, we’ve been counting), but there’s a party going on in Historic Dublin this Thursday! The inaugural Jig Thursday (a reboot of Sláinte Thursday) kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 7 and will take place the first Thursday of the month throughout the year. A number of Irish-inspired activities are scheduled during the evening, including:

Other features of the event include fare from local food trucks, trolley rides (from 6 to 8 p.m.), store sales and a special walk led by Olde Town Ghost Tours.

For more information, visit the Historic Dublin Business Association website at www.historicdublin.org or contact Brenda Kocak at Brenda@modernmalespas.com.

~ Post by Dawn

*This post was written by U.S. Captain Fred Couples and was initially published on presidentscup.com on February 15, 2013. To view the original post, click here.

Muirfield Village Golf Club - the site of the 2013 Presidents Cup!

Muirfield Village Golf Club – the site of the 2013 Presidents Cup!

Hello from LA!  It’s fitting that my first blog for the 2013 Presidents Cup is coming to you from the Northern Trust Open, one of my favorite golf tournaments to play in, and one of my first chances of the year to see a lot of the guys who are going to be working to make the U.S. Team over the next several months.

This is one of our top-three courses on TOUR, in my opinion.  It’s right up there with TPC Sawgrass and Muirfield Village Golf Club as my all-time favorites.

I’ve only played one event so far this season – the Champions Tour event in Hualalai – so I’m a bit rusty, but I’m still very excited to be teeing it up at Riviera for the 31st time.  I found out the other day that I’ve now played in this event more than any other player in history.  That’s really hard to believe, and it’s hard to hear that without feeling old!  I’m paired with Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood for the first two days; Bubba was probably 4 years old when I played the Northern Trust Open for the very first time.

As far as The Presidents Cup goes…wow, what a start to the season for my U.S. guys.  Dustin, Tiger, Phil and Brandt have all kicked off 2013 with wins and are right at the top of the U.S. Team standings.  And then you’ve got rookie Russell Henley winning right out of the gates to get his name on the list and veteran Brian Gay outlasting the field at Humana, so he’s just outside the top 20.  I’m in between being thrilled about all of these guys playing so well and really nervous about how I’m possibly going to narrow it down to two captain’s picks in September.  If things keep going this way – and I hope they do – I’m going to have a lot of great players to choose from.  A good problem to have, for sure.

I saw that Nick Price wrote in his first blog that he’s already picked out his team’s clothes.  Nick is a pretty organized guy anyway, and as a “rookie” captain, he’s probably even more buttoned up.  I’m sure you’re not surprised to find out that I’m not quite that far along in the process!  But don’t worry…the U.S. Team won’t have to wear hand-me-downs or anything.  We’ll keep you posted on how things are coming together in the next month or two.

Until then, thanks for your support of the U.S. Team and The Presidents Cup.  I’m really looking forward to October, and I hope you are too.

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