Presidents Cup, idea of a mixed team event

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Presidents Cup, idea of a mixed team event

The Presidents Cup, born in 1994, has been played 13 times: Team USA won 11 editions, once it was tied, while the International Team won only in 1998. It is legitimate to ask ourselves a question: if an event over almost 30 years has basically produced the same result, isn't it that perhaps something should be changed? Today, on the eve of the 14th edition that will be held at the Quail Hollow Club, one year late due to the pandemic, it is difficult to imagine a different result from what past editions have accustomed us to.

Presidents Cup, women

The International Team, led by captain Trevor Immelman, blames the weight of the absence of some prominent players - in particular Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann - who have chosen to join the LIV Tour.

These defections favor Davis' Team USA even more. Love III. The numbers speak for themselves, just take a look at the average of the World Ranking of the members of the two teams: an average of 11.8 for the Americans against an average of 48.8 for the international team.

What if the Presidents Cup were transformed into a mixed-team event in collaboration with the LPGA Tour? The idea of ​​a mixed men's and women's team event is something that has already been discussed in the past.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan stated in 2018, “We are very interested in bringing men and women together in the same competition. I think it is something you will see in the future. It's just a matter of time. It's really exciting and interesting.

" Then LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan spoke of his intention to design unique events with the best and best female golfers, and current LPGA Tour Commissioner Mollie Marcoux-Samaan said he was in favor of a joint PGA-LPGA event.

. Why the Presidents Cup in particular?
In the LPGA as many as 29 of the top 50 players come from countries outside the United States and Europe: their inclusion would make the teams more balanced and the challenge more interesting.

In Europe we have already seen mixed events: I remember among all the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed. The road is already open, just follow it.