The 2013 President’s Cup will start this Thursday and there are former Spirit players on both sides of the competition. While the competition results have been favorably tilted in favor of the US team in results years, this years competition should prove to be more balanced.
Here are the former Spirit players along with some interesting notes about them for this week:
A rib injury derailed a season that was off to a great start on the West Coast. He’s a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR this year and making his Presidents Cup debut. Snedeker does everything very quickly, from pace of play to swing tempo to putting stroke. You would think the International team would use a deliberate pace of play when matched against Brandt. He led the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting last year and would match well with every U.S. Team member.
Jordan Spieth (Captain’s Pick)
Is building a reputation as quite the closer in his PGA TOUR rookie season. Spieth averages 69.63 in the final round, ranking sixth best on TOUR. Spieth holed out from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to force a playoff at the John Deere Classic and went on to win for the first time on TOUR … at age 19. He closed out the Deutsche Bank Championship with a birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle finish to shoot 62. Couples should have no hesitation placing Spieth deep in his lineup for Sunday’s singles. Jordan was undefeated in his only appearance at the Walker Cup.
Here’s a question to ponder: How has Day managed to win just a single TOUR event? He is blessed with oodles of talent and is a very hard worker. Slumped during 2012 but I attribute that to the birth of his son, Dash, during midsummer last year. Jason is a long hitter and good putter. A very dangerous opponent in match play. This will be his second Presidents Cup competition; he was 1-2-1 at Royal Melbourne.
I watched him play during the West Coast swing and pegged him as the early favorite to win the Masters. He has finished in the Top 10 four times in 17 events, including a pair of third-place finishes and a dozen Top 25s. He averages 4.07 birdies per round, which is second best on TOUR. If I am Fred Couples, I am very wary of Charl Schwartzel.
Good luck to all the competitors this week at Muirfield Village Golf Club.