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Paul McGinley: Make the Presidents Cup a mixed event

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The Presidents Cup gets underway this week from Quail Hollow Golf Club, with the International side looking for just their second victory at the event and its first-ever win on U.S. soil.

The U.S. has won the last eight editions of the tournament, and with the International side losing some key names due to their defection to LIV Golf, the U.S. has been installed as an overwhelming 1/10 favorite to retain the cup.

This week, Geoff Shackelford and Beth Ann Nichols both championed the idea in their columns that the event should become a mixed event to kickstart the seemingly flagging event. And you can now add Golf Channel analyst Paul McGinley to the camp supporting that notion.

Speaking on Golf Channel’s Presidents Cup preview alongside his colleague Brandel Chamblee, McGinley laid out the case for female players to join the event, saying:

“One of the things I’ve said in the past, I’ve said it on Sky, I may well have said it on this show too, is make it (Presidents Cup) a mixed event. I know it’s a big radical change.

“Six of each on each team, and I just think with the strength and quality we have in the ladies game now in the International side, I think that would really equate the teams.”

Referring to the World Rankings, which have the top 6 International female players currently ranked in the top 8, McGinley added:

“You would only go down to 8 in the world to fill the six ladies that would join the six male international players, and I think, we talk about growing the game, we talk about all the ideas that would come with it, I saw Geoff Shackelford writing about it this morning as well, so a couple of people out there think it is a good idea.

“I’ve been saying it for a year or two, and I think the Presidents Cup is a perfect opportunity for it.”

This year’s Presidents Cup features a U.S team with an official world golf ranking average of 11.6 against an International side whose average ranking is 48.9.

If the event this week was mixed, it would have featured a U.S. side with an average ranking of 9.83 vs an International side with an average ranking of 15.33.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

7 Comments

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  1. W

    Sep 24, 2022 at 7:46 am

    Great idea for Another event. With the Whole World playing against the usa.

  2. Chris Hartman

    Sep 22, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I would love to see this. But ironically, the two women posted in the main photo are also playing in the Aramco Team Series, which is funded by….wait for it…the Saudi Public Investment Fund. Paul has been very vocal about players “defecting” to the LIV series not being allowed. So where does he place women playing on a tour funded by the exact source? And he’s about three weeks too late, because were discussing this exact topic in the forums previously. Maybe he is a lurker.

  3. Jon

    Sep 22, 2022 at 11:13 am

    So basically it would end up being the Korean women against the USA men. I would watch that match.

  4. Brandon

    Sep 21, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    We aren’t good enough so let’s change the rules to even it out. Pathetic.

  5. Ty

    Sep 21, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Terrible idea, even less people will watch…..This has been tried and failed on several continents and tours. Why is McGinley suggesting this? Self promote much?

  6. Ray

    Sep 21, 2022 at 11:12 am

    That’s not a bad idea, AT ALL. Lets be honest here, The President’s cup is a bit of a snoozefest so adding the ladies would do nothing but make it more interesting.

    Good Idea Paul!

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Immelman: McGinley apologized to me after saying Presidents Cup should be mixed event

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With the Americans ballooning to a -900 favorite prior to this year’s competition at Quail Hollow, most analysts believed the current version of the bi-annual event must be tweaked in order to remain relevant.

All year, Trevor Immelman has been listening.

“Blow this thing up,” he said. “They got to change the format. They got to cut the points. We got to bring the women golfers in.”

“I’ve had to listen to that crap for two years now,” The International team captain said.

Despite losing 17.5-12.5, most would agree that the Internationals did as good of a job as they could have in keeping the match competitive throughout the week. A Saturday surge kept what could have been a historic blowout from taking place.

On Claude Harmon III’s podcast this week, Immelman said that Paul McGinley of Golf Channel has apologized to him for helping drive the narrative that the current Presidents Cup doesn’t work as is, with the Irishman last week touting the idea that women should be included in the event.

“I appreciate the fact that they may be trying to think outside of the box,” he said. “But they need to come up with something else. And I hope Paul doesn’t get offended by me saying this, but he texted me on Monday. And he apologized for saying that on Live From.

“Because he realized what playing for the shield means to us. What having the opportunity to compete in the Presidents Cup against the Americans means to us. And he realized that, and he realized that his take was incorrect and he texted me to apologize. And I thanked him for having the guts to text me and to apologize and I thanked him for realizing how much that event means to us.”

Despite the International team making it somewhat competitive, there’s no denying that the American team has absolutely dominated the Presidents Cup since it’s inception.

The Americans are 14-1-1 all time in the Presidents Cup. This year, the International team looked to have arguably their strongest roster yet before Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer and Marc Leishman joined LIV Golf. With those players now ineligible, it’s hard to see a path for the Internationals to get markedly better by the time the event heads to Canada in 2024.

However, Immelman still believes no tweaks to the format are necessary.

“I find it disrespectful on all accounts, to be extremely honest with you,” he said. “I find it disrespectful to us as international golfers that are professional athletes that compete at the highest level week in and week out. We’re not scrubs. Are we as strong as the Americans? Doesn’t quite look like it right now. Have they kicked our butts in this event? They sure have. But there’s been some close calls. And so I find it disrespectful to us.”

The former Masters Champion also addressed the suggestion that the event should become mixed with men and women golfers in detail.

“I find it equally disrespectful to the women golfers. And here’s why. I don’t think women golfers need men to make them and their competitions relevant. Their competitions are already relevant. I sit down and watch every single shot of the Solheim Cup. Every single shot. It’s one of my favorite times of the year when that event goes on. I watched the U.S. Women’s Open. I watched the Women’s British Open a few weeks ago when South African Ashleigh Buhai came down the stretch, almost coughed it up and won in the playoff at Muirfield, matching Ernie Els’ win at the Open at Muirfield. Women don’t need men to make them relevant in sport. My family and I were glued to the TV when Serena Williams played her last match at the U.S. Open. She’s one of the greatest athletes to ever walk on the planet. So I find it disrespectful on all accounts when people come with that opinion.”

“Let’s leave the Presidents Cup and the International team alone, for now,” he said on the podcast. “And let us compete. And allow youngsters from Thailand and China and Japan and Korea and Australia and South Africa and Canada and all over South America, allow them to grow up with this as their goal, to be able to compete on this level.

“Because we are eventually going to win this event, I promise you.”

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The wild story involving John Daly’s secret room inside Jon Gruden’s office at Hooters HQ

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Most people who encounter golf legend John Daly walk away with a story to tell about him.

On the most recent episode of Theo Von’s “This Past Weekend” podcast, both Von and his guest Caleb Pressley of Barstool Sports shared a John Daly story.

According to Von, he once saw Daly carried out of a restaurant in downtown Nashville.

“I saw John Daly overdose on gin one night and had to get carried out of a restaurant. Not even a bar.”

Pressley came back with a Daly anecdote of his own. In his early days of working for Barstool Sports, Caleb was in search of some fresh content and decided to track down Jon Gruden, who’s always good for a quote.

After doing some digging, he discovered Gruden’s office was located at the Hooter’s corporate office. Upon visiting Hooters corporate, Presley stumbled upon something even better: John Daly’s secret hiding spot.

“I went into the corporate office, and I was like ‘I’m here to see Jon Gruden.’ By the way the corporate office of Hooters… So I go in there and was like ‘I wanna go see Jon Gruden,’ and they just take me back to his office.”

“He wasn’t there, but his assistant gave me a tour… And they were like ‘This is John Daly’s room.’ And I was like ‘What do you mean John Daly’s room?’ And they open it up and it was like, you know ‘Chronicles of Narnia,’ the wall has a bunch of books that you can open?”

“It was literally that and you push it open, and it was a very small room smaller than this room, and it had a mattress on the floor, and a little putting thing, and I guess John Daly lives in there, in Jon Gruden’s office inside the Hooter’s headquarters.”

Daly has been affiliated with Hooters unofficially for decades, but he just inked an official sponsorship with them in 2022.

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‘Petty, cheap, childish shot’ – Greg Norman slams R&A over Open Celebration of Champions snub

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Earlier this year, the R&A decided not to permit special exemption to Greg Norman, that would have allowed him to take part at the 150th Open at St. Andrews.

Whilst the LIV CEO maintained he was “disappointed with their decision, particularly given it is the 150th Open,” and that he had “been a staunch proponent of the R&A since 1977 and a proud Champion Golfer of the Year–twice,” the committee were insistent they were not altering any exemption rules.

Then, a few days before the historic major, the R&A informed Norman he was not welcome at the Celebration of Champions, insisting the event was to focus on, “celebrating the Championship and its heritage. Unfortunately, we do not believe that would be the case if Greg were to attend.”

Now, in October, that episode is still rankling with the two-time winner of the Claret Jug.

Norman appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored recently to discuss much about the split in golf, and how the status quo have treated him since LIV started getting momentum and huge media coverage, and he still regards the actions of the R&A as a “petty, cheap, childish shot.”

Norman believes he has the good of golf at heart, and his record proves it:

“I’ll be honest with you, at times, my heat shield gets a little bit weak because I am a human being. I’ve done a lot for the game of golf. I was number one player in the world for six years. I’ve done things in the game of golf, I promoted the game of golf, I’ve grown the game of golf globally.”

He continued, “I took a mission on myself as an individual player to fly all around the world. I was the first guy to do an exhibition match in mainland China. I was one of the first guys to go into the Middle East and, through my golf and business at the same time, I continue to do that. So, when they do these… What happened in the R&A was a petty, cheap, childish shot, to be honest with you. If you can’t rise above it all then shame on you.”

That was one of the many topics openly discussed, and as the title of the programme suggests, there were no holds barred.

About the PGA Tour’s attitude to LIV, Norman insisted there was much duplicity surrounding the opposition:

Norman expanded, “For you not to sit down and have a discussion and to understand what the LIV business model is and to see how it sits within the ecosystem, shame on you. In business, remember we’re a commercial entity, in business, you understand what your opponent’s got, you understand what your competitor’s got, unpack it all to see if you can actually work together within the system to make both entities better for each other, not try and destroy us. We haven’t tried to destroy the PGA Tour.”

Norman insists that he has lost friends over his involvement with the Saudi backed tour – “If they want to judge me on lack of information, they’re the ones with the small mind,” and asks one of LIV’s most fervent opponents, Rory McIlroy not to “begrudge other players.”

The full interview can be viewed on PMU’s YouTube channel,.

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