Canada eager to host the Presidents Cup

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  • Canada eager to host the Presidents Cup

Canada, the world second largest country geographically, wants to be the proud host of the Presidents Cup, an event of golf which is one of the elites if compared to others. It was 2007, when Canada enjoyed the last honor to be the host of the mega event, the Presidents Cup. Since then, the tournament is on continues rotation without having the venue of Canada in the host list.

The Presidents Cup recently completed its ninth tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course situated in Australia and after 1998, this was the second time Australia was honored to be the proud host of the tournament. If Australia can host the tournament for its second time, so why not Canada again? This is the mystery which has to be resolved in order to promote golf in Canada and to establish a golfing trend as well.

The Presidents Cup is played every two year under the flag of PGA – Professional Golf Association and in history US is the successful team over International by winning seven tournaments amongst eight, with a tie in 2003. The only win of International team was in 1998 with the same Australian Royal Melbourne Golf Course, but this year International failed to finish with a win.

It was L'Île-Bizard, Quebec, a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, where the tournament was played and successfully won by US team in 2007. Jack Nicklaus, an American Hall of Fame member was the captain of US team where he offered his assistance as a four-time captain at the Presidents Cup. After 2007, the captaincy of US team was transferred to Fred Couples and he also proves to be the best selected captain for the team by winning last two consecutive events of the Presidents Cup.

PGA had announced the future sites of the Presidents Cup, for 2013 Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio is the venue. The following next site selected is South Korea for 2015, this tournament will be as a debut for both selected locations, as it was never played in Ohio and South Korea before. The Presidents Cup is following a trend of returning to United States every fourth year and it will be 2017 again for a golf course in US to host the tournament.

Rerun of the Presidents Cup to Canada is productive but on the other hand a delay can be beneficial. Canadian golf is not so effective worldwide, there are many other countries who proved to be best than Canada. This might be a positive chance for Canada to wait for the honor, as Canadian golf players are not showing their victories with PGA and others. Canada need victories and now they are left with ample time to practice and to polish their golfing skills.

Scott Simmons the Golf Canada executive-director convinced PGA to return the honor and said “we chatted and expressed how much we enjoyed being involved and that we would love to have it return."

"Of course, it would help us if we had strong Canadian representation, but I believe if the event was, let's say, held at Royal Montreal again in four years, I don't doubt it would be a huge success without Canadian content on the (International) team," Simmons said.

Simmons accepts that Canadian golfers can deliver more, but he also believes that Canadian golfer should be a part of International team where they can perform and learn more. Return of the Presidents Cup to Canada provides an effective opportunity for all Canadian golf players to boost up their performance and to be more competitive in future.

PGA is the only potential organizer who can lead and promote the sport golf worldwide, as it is one of the major responsibility and motive. PGA should take an initiative to organize the Presidents Cup in Canada again so that the Canadian golf will flourish and in future, they will also be ranked on the above ranking charts.


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