GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Without any history to support it, the Presidents Cup has imported legends to give the event legs in its first six installments.
Jack Nicklaus has captained three U.S. teams, while Arnold Palmer (1996), Ken Venturi (2000) and Hale Irwin (1994) led one apiece. Gary Player is captaining his second International team, following three stints by Peter Thomson and one by David Graham (1994).
The team event probably has enough momentum behind it now to start rewarding captaincies in the same manner as the Ryder Cup, and Davis Love III has a few ideas about who should guide the Americans in future Presidents Cups.
"We've done the Arnold and Jack thing; the Ken Venturi thing was perfect," Love said. "There's nobody left."
If the Presidents Cup doesn't choose to right a Ryder Cup wrong and allow three-time major winner and former match-play standout Larry Nelson a chance to captain an international team, Love believes Jay Haas would be an ideal candidate in 2007. Other possibilities include Mark O'Meara, Fred Couples and - dare we say it too soon - David Duval.
Whoever they choose, Love believes it's time to dole out captaincies to supplement the Ryder Cup positions as rewards for players drifting beyond their competitive years.
"There's not enough to go around," Love said of the coveted Ryder Cup spots that are generally one and done.
TICKETS... PLEASE: Officials announced Friday that tickets for the 2007 Presidents Cup in Canada are already available exclusively online at www.presidentscup.com. The event will be held Sept. 18-23, 2007, at Royal Montreal Golf Club. If that's too long to wait, tickets are still available for $80 for Sunday's singles matches and closing ceremonies about 35 miles west of Washington, D.C.
UN-AMERICAN BUSH: PGA Tour media official John Bush, an Aiken native and former Augusta State sports information director, looks like a traitor wearing an International team uniform.
Bush is serving as an assistant on the International team as a favor to Sid Wilson, the PGA Tour's vice president of player relations. On Friday, Bush was serving up mostly sports drinks, fresh fruit and umbrellas.
EXCUSE ME: After slipping underneath the ropes on the 17th hole to get a closer look at the Phil Mickelson-Chris DiMarco better-ball match, an elderly gentleman was admonished by an overzealous volunteer marshal.
"Sir, you don't belong here!" she barked before noticing the "Honorary Observer" sticker on his pants leg.
"His name is Robert Trent Jones," the marshal was told. "I think he belongs here."
Jones' father is the architect who designed the Presidents Cup venue that bears his name.CutlineChuck Burton/associated press
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