After storming out to a five-point lead after the first day of play, the U.S. team never looked back, as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Woody Austin, David Toms, Scott Verplank and the rest of the U.S. team shined against their International counterparts. Nonetheless, Canadian fans were given a thrill on the final day, as in singles, Canadian Mike Weir beat Woods 1-up, which was a solid consolation for the throngs of fans at what many considered the most important tournament ever played in Canada.
Afterwards, Woods and U.S. team captain Jack Nicklaus spoke to the media.
Q. Where did this day compare with days you've had in the past?
TIGER WOODS: Result-wise, not what I wanted. But atmosphere-wise, it was pretty loud. It was like a Ryder Cup. You know, especially starting out, it was unbelievable how loud the roars were. You know, pretty deafening, actually. And I was 3-down early, so they had a lot to cheer about. You know, Weir was playing great and it was just unreal how the atmosphere was electric out there.
It got quiet on the back nine and then it got real loud at the end. But you know, overall, it was just a great day.
Q. Just a general comment on Mike's play out there today and the composure he showed as you were able to level things with him.
TIGER WOODS: He played solidly all day. Only two bad holes he had was 14 and 15. Other than that, he played great all day, never gave me an opening to get back in the match and I had to try and make birdies. He played just really consistently all day.
For the pressure that he had all week, it was pretty phenomenal how he had to deal with that and the way he played. I mean, not a lot of people could actually have dealt with the things he had to deal with all week, and expectations, the pressure, and you know, questioning whether or not he should be picked on the team or not. There's a lot of different things that were going on.
And the way he came out and played this week and represented all of Canada was impressive.
Q. The Presidents Cup comes at the end of a very long season, especially this year after the FedExCup Playoffs. Do you think there will ever be a time when you'll assess in your schedule whether you'll want to play in the Presidents Cup?
TIGER WOODS: Well, it's an honor any time you get a chance to represent your country. Granted, this year, especially next year, when the Ryder Cup is the week after the Playoff events, it's going to be a little bit hard on all of us who make the team. But any time you get a chance to make this team and represent your country, it's always been fun.
You know, the guys have traveled to Australia and traveled to South Africa, and we've always played.
Q. You were quite emotional in your speeches in the ceremonies.
JACK NICKLAUS: Well I'm getting to be a sentimental old fool to start with, but that's okay.
I just happen to feel that you have some special moments in your life, and this happened to be one of them. And when you have the opportunity to represent your country, lead a team that's representing your country, in another country; the way you must lead them, the way you must handle what's going on, is something that is very, very special to anybody who has had that opportunity.
I mean, I'm not Canadian, I'm not Australian, and I'm not South African and I've led teams in all three of those countries - matter of fact, in - no, I guess I was on U.S. soil both times in the Ryder Cup. But it was all very special.
When you do that, you get wrapped up in 12 guys' lives, and you're trying to not only lead them, but also make sure that their wives are part of what's going on, and that they are part of the team. It's just a very special thing.
And I get very sentimental about it. I'm sentimental about it right now. I know that as you get older, you're right, your years are shorter; that you may not have those opportunities again. It may be the last time that I do it. And if that's the case, that's fine. That's a pretty good way to bow out.
You know, the reaction that I get from these guys and the support that I've gotten from them, not only the support that I've tried to give them, but the support they have given me, is just something that, you don't have very many times in a lifetime.
Q. You talk about the Presidents Cup being a great showcase for Canada and the economic impact, how do you see the Presidents Cup evolving?
JACK NICKLAUS: I think it will, eventually. The Presidents Cup really now needs to go over the next probably 10 or 15 years, to places that really can support it, understand it, and really take care of the event.
The event is going to San Francisco, I guess, what, 2009, and back to Royal Melbourne 2011. Don't know where it's going after that.
But I would think that ultimately, the game of golf is going to grow in China; the game of golf is going to grow in the Eastern block, but it's going to be a long time before that's really there. I think you've got to go to the golfing countries of the world.
I think if you look at the International Team this time, you had several players from Australia, several players from South Africa; I think you had - because you obviously had one very good player from Argentina and one very good player from Korea, as well as Vijay from Fiji, which probably could not have the event. Where else were we; Canada, which you obviously have the event. Was there anybody else? Was that all of the team in I guess that was all this week, wasn't it? Am I missing somebody?
But each one of them could handle the event, Korea could handle the event, Argentina could handle the event. But you've got to look at, you know, the financial viability of it. It's an event that produces a lot of dollars, and you're not going to take it someplace just to take it for the game of golf, yet. But that will happen, and it won't be that long.
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