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

The Memorial Tournament is always an exciting time for our kids, not only because it means summer break is almost here but because of all the great activities for the kids to do at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. It is truly a great value — kids under 12 go free to the tournament with a paid adult and there is so much to do!

We always enjoy the practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday because the PGA players are so accommodating with autographs and, in many cases, will give the kids gloves, balls, tees, etc. My six-year-old daughter recieved an autograph glove from Chris DiMarco and she still has it hanging in her room and will refuse to wear it. Make sure you bring a Memorial Flag, Hat, Program or anything else you want signed. Be respectful to the pros and they will respond graciously.

Wednesday during the tournament is Junior Golf Day and includes a golf clinic at Safari Golf Club at 5:30 — the kids will love seeing a few of these world-class players up close. After the tournament starts on Thursday, it’s time to get the best viewing spot and enjoy some great golf. Our kids love hanging around the 18th green so they can take a short walk over to the driving range and practice putting green. You are also close to the 9th green — which offers a great view of approach shots over water to this beautiful hole. And, you are close to more autographs outside the scorers tent after completion of each player’s round. Wherever you decide to watch the golf, remember how fortunate we are in Dublin and central Ohio to host to such an international event!

Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio hosts the annual Memorial Tournament. The 2012 event takes place this week (May 28-June 3). For more information about the event, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 877-MTBADGE for tickets. Dublin, Ohio offers the closest hotels to the PGA event. For additional visitor information, go to www.IrishisanAttitude.com

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~Post by Scott Dring, Executive Director of the Dublin OH Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

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