* 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.

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

The Presidents Cup with Field of Corn in Dublin, Ohio

Greetings again from sunny Florida. With the first major championship of the year in the books, we can now look forward to THE PLAYERS Championship.

Obviously, the Masters was such a great week for the prospective members of the International Team with all the good performances, particularly with Adam winning, but also Jason Day playing really well, and it was nice to also see Angel Cabrera play so well. Angel is an explosive player, to say the least, although he hasn’t recently featured on the Presidents Cup International standings. He’s always a player you pay attention to, but his Masters performance certainly helped his chances of making the team. Angel is one of those guys who can bring a lot to the team room. Any player who can fire like he can, and play like he did down the stretch at Augusta National on a Sunday – like Adam and Jason also – well, there were very few mistakes and amongst the three of them.  You could see they all really wanted to win. It wasn’t a question of who was going to lose it or not, it was who was going to win – and that’s the kind of attitude I look for as captain.

I’ve also been paying attention to Marc Leishman. He’s been around that mid-teen number on the International Team standings for the whole of this year, and I’ve watched him play a little bit on television, but I haven’t watched him in person. He’s got a wonderful attitude. I really like how calm and relaxed he is. There’s not very much at fault with his game. With a little more experience, he would have had a really good shot at the title on Sunday at the Masters.

Tim Clark has started to play so much better after his injury, and we saw him in the mix at Augusta National. He’s a little bulldog. He’s a tough competitor, and I’d love for him to be on the Team. Major championships are where the true form of players always comes out. The fact that we had several international players perform so well at the year’s first major shows me that there is a lot of determination in the potential members of the Team.

My last meeting with prospective team members was at Doral during the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but since then I’ve been spending quite a bit of time down here in the West Palm Beach area with Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. I’ve also spent some time with Branden Grace. We’ve been chatting a lot about Presidents Cup plans and sharing ideas.

My next trip is a visit to Muirfield Village Golf Club at the end of May for the Memorial Tournament. In the meantime, I’m starting to pay more attention to the Official World Golf Ranking and starting to look for players who make moves up the rankings week to week. This is the time when a guy who may not have been on my radar early in the year begins to play well. The next four or five months are going to be critical for who my picks are going to be.

* 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….

*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.

Thanks to Jack Nicklaus, the PGA Memorial AND some amazing local golf courses, Dublin is often recognized as “Ohio’s Most Prestigious Golf Address.”   So we are honored, once again, to host 99 of the nation’s top junior Golfers during the Columbus Junior, presented by the Memorial Tournament July 12-15 at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.

2010 marks the sixth consecutive year of this American Junior Golf Association event.  Junior golfers from Ohio and across the country will compete during a 54-hole stroke play event. A shotgun practice round will be held Monday, July 12 at 8 a.m.  First-round play will begin Tuesday, July 13, with first-through final-round tee times running from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. off the Number 1 tee at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.  An awards ceremony will immediately follow the final round. 

During the tournament week, some of the top juniors participating in the event will also take part in the Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament Monday, July 12. The Junior-Am will be an 1:30 p.m. shotgun start at The Country Club at Muirfield Village.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel. This event promises to showcase the skills of some outstanding young golfers and–with free admission for guests–could provide inspiration to some local youngsters.

For more information, visit the AJGA website at www.ajga.org.  

-Post by Mary

Dublin, Ohio hosts the Memorial Golf Tournament this week – our city’s largest and most recognizable annual event. Most golf fans will start following this year’s tournament, which will have the top 10 money winners on the PGA tour participating, on Thursday morning when the first round begins.

Having three young children, our fun starts on Monday with the first of three days of practice rounds. Watching practice rounds is great way to get up close to these great players in a very relaxed atmosphere. I don’t even mind bringing my 5-year-old daughter – who has the tendency to be a little loud at times. The players are great, they will sign autographs during their practice round, giveaway golf balls, gloves and even stop and talk to the kids.

If you are looking for some other things to do with the kids prior to the start of the Tournament, make sure you also visit Safari Golf Club on Wednesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. for the junior clinic.  And, one last tip – remember that kids under the age 12 with an accompanying adult can attend the Tournament all week long for free.

-Post by Scott

Now that central Ohio has received roughly a billion inches of snow, I have decided to start pretending it’s May already. Sure, snow was fun when I was seven and building awesome forts in my front yard, but at this point in my life, I feel about snow the way I feel about bouncy castles: fun for three

PGA Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio

 minutes, but after that it’s just tiring and potentially dangerous.

That’s why I’m happy to announce that I’ve set my sights on an event not-so-far in the future, when the snow will have melted, shorts season will be in full swing, and thousands of visitors and residents alike will be enjoying some serious golf: The Memorial Tournament, of course!

I’m happy to announce the Buy a Badge, Bring a Friend for Free promotion:

Every badge you purchase to this year’s Memorial Tournament will afford you a week’s worth of the best that golf – and golf’s Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus – have to offer.  Plus, bring a friend to a practice round day of their choice, at no extra charge (a $30 value).

Order your Memorial Tournament badges by April 15, 2010 for your exclusive shot at this exceptional benefits package:

  • $25 Gift Card – $25 worth of purchasing power for food, beverages and merchandise throughout Tournament week
  • Complimentary Golden Bear Signature Club Membership – Receive members-only benefits including a custom lanyard, exclusive prize drawings, Memorial Tournament e-News and much more.
  • Flexible Payment Plan – Conveniently pay for your ticket order in two installments

Get in on this amazing offer by April 15, and you’ll be looking forward to summer even more than you are now! See you at the links. In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of a green summer.

– post by Kelly