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PresCup Roundup

Lots and lots of coverage as the Presidents Cup (or PC, as I’ll refer to it from here on in) rolls into town.

Quote of the day: “He’s not much good against left-handers.” – Nick O’Hern, asked what advice he would give to Mike Weir if the Canadian were to play Tiger Woods in the Presidents Cup. O’Hern is the only professional to beat Woods twice in match play.

Canadian Press has a rundown of the first couple of days, including a notes package.

The Montreal Gazette’s Randy Phillips raises the question of whether Mike Weir should go head-to-head with Tiger on the final day:

There’s a lot of golf to be played at the Presidents Cup before the highly anticipated singles matches on Sunday.

But with play not officially starting until Thursday’s foursomes matches, the talk around The Royal Montreal Golf Club has already begun about who from the International team will take on Tiger Woods on the final day of competition.

Can you say Mike Weir?

The speculation is that International team captain Gary Player might call on the native of Bright’s Grove, Ont., to take on the No. 1 player in the world in what could be the deciding match in the seventh edition of the biennial match-play event against the United States.

“I think it will be great if Mike Weir played Tiger this time,” U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus said Tuesday as both captains met the media. “I think that would be a great match. I think it’s the logical thing to try to do.

I think it is a bad idea — why not have Woods tackle Ernie again. But I’m not Gary Player, so what do I know? Lorne Rubenstein thinks the idea makes for good theatre television. Apparently golf writers all think alike, or the Weir vs. Woods story was contagious, because The Star’s Dave Perkins writes about it to.

As for who will win, SI’s Gary Vansickle has it picked:

Let’s get to it. I’m picking the United States to retain the Cup. It’s funny, as of mid-August this seemed like a slam dunk for the International team, which seemed better, deeper and hotter than the Americans. Then Tiger regained his ’01 form and won the PGA at Southern Hills, Phil re-entered the building in Boston and Steve Stricker traveled back in time a decade. Meanwhile, some of the International team’s big guns have been living on reputation instead of results. I was all set to pick the International team until I sat down for some intense, in-depth research. Two minutes later, I could only conclude that the Americans have the edge, despite the absence of Chris DiMarco. They’re not better, but they are slightly more lukewarm.

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  • PC is an exhibition. Most of the Int. players live in America and are more ‘American’ than the Americans. And given that ‘American’ team don’t normally play well in team events like this, I will say the American team will beat the Int team.

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