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Comment from: Nolan Matthias [Visitor] Email
Being Canadian, I am cheering for the international team. However, I don't believe that Tiger being "to good" will have anything to do with a potential US loss. If anything it will be the culture of the teams that will have an effect. US players are known for being solitary when they play tournaments, and thus less social. Europeans and international players on the other hand are known for going out as a group for beers after a tournament round and generally being more amicable. If you don't believe me just as Stephen Ames.

I think the international style of competitiveness simply lends itself better to team play. I also believe this shines through given the fact that the international team is made up of players from many countries, yet they are always able to find a common bond which leads them to their success.
09/25/07 @ 16:31
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
WKW,

As with most of your blogs, you're making no sense. I know, you're joking.

As for our north-of-the-border Canuck friend, the US team will clean the clocks of the rag-tag Internationals.
09/25/07 @ 17:24
Comment from: TRAC [Visitor] Email
Can't say I agree with you Alex.
Canadians and the Internationals have always been
better known for their team spirit and hospitality.
A bunch of Americans joined together in a sport
that has always been solitary is a recipe for
disaster. They may stand out on their own but they
don't have it in them to share the glory with their
peers.
Have to say that the Internationals are most
definitely the favorite - and I really like Tiger.
09/26/07 @ 15:55
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
TRAC,

"---internationals are most definitely the favorite---"?

No way, my man!

All the major wagering sites(Pinnacle, Ladbroke's, etc.) have the Americans as solid favorites.
09/26/07 @ 17:54
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
TRAC,

"---a bunch of Americans joined together in a sport that has always been solitary is a recipe for disaster." Your words.

Leaving aside for the moment the irrefutable fact that virtually all international golf starsw have honed their games on US tours, let's dissect your statement.

The President's Cup has been contested six times. The results have been four US victories, one International win, and one draw. The US leads in practically all statisical categories

As for the other and more venerable international competition, the Ryder Cup, which is obviosly the basis for your erroneous assumption, these are the statistics:

Although the British team has enjoyed some spectacular success of late, the US is still miles ahead. In 36 of these competitions, the US has won 24, the British 10, and two have been draws. In addition, the US twice won the cup for seven consecutive revivals. The US leads in every facet of the cumulative statistics.

So, TRAC my friend, your blanket assumption that Americans when playing as a team are ALWAYS a recipe for disaster is grounded more in wishful thinking than in historical fact.
09/27/07 @ 08:12
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Nolan & TRAC,

Those were nice stories you fellows concoted about the Internationals knowing more about sportsmanship and teamwork than the self-centered Americans.

And what is your take on the sporting gesture of conceding Vijay's three and a half footer so that Mike Wier could get on the board with the only half point that the International Team could muster?

Alternate shot is arguably the most team-oriented competition in the President's Cup.And the "selfish" Yanks romped.

Nolan, bellying up to the bar after the rounds are over doesn't get any points.

5 1/2 to 1/2! Read it and weep!
09/27/07 @ 18:36

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