The problem is the idea of the US vs Europe vs the rest of the world.
There is a lot to the rest of the world! The President's Cup team was a
great team, with "unkowns" like Turner! Who else can put together Price,
Elkington, Norman and Els, who you know are going to gind it out in any
event? The "rest of the world" is only going to get better, whereas
Europe and the US are near as good as they are going to get. I am also
not a big fan of nationalism, as it promotes hatred and political
extremism. Something like the world golf championship type idea would
probably work better. The match play championship was great! Golf will
become more international, and the better players will only play in top
events, and reward, ie cash AND exposure, will be the principle
determinant for event quality. Consider the adverizing value of a golfer
respected throughout the world vs one only known in the US. It is about
time US golfers came to realize that the US tour does not have the best
golfers. US players have it pretty good compared to the rest of the
world. They play all events in one country on a tour contrived to make
conditions as optimal as possible. How well do US tour players do when
they compete regularly on other tours? Not much better (or not as good
as?) non-US players on the US
Each from a different country.....there's a lot to the rest of the
> I read that Jack Nicklaus thought a combination of the
> President's Cup & the Ryder Cup would be a good idea.
> Sounds like it would be good for golf (fan interest, TV
> ratings everywhere...). Perhaps it would be possible to
> play threeway matches per the following format:
> three best ball matches against the other 2 squads -
> EEUU (3 foursomes), EEII " , UUII " (all 12 players
> on each squad would play)
> three combined score team matches against the other two
> [same setup]
> eigh*** match play twosomes
> EU (6 pairs), EI (6 pairs), UI (6 pairs)
> Hold the combined event every two years.
> Since The Ryder Cup has the history & prestige let the
> winning team hold the Ryder Cup.
> The ladies could do the same for the Solheim Cup...
> [And, pay the players 1st, 2nd & 3rd place money.]