The most beautiful gesture that represents Presidents Cup. It is necessary to go back, no later than the 2003 Presidents Cup, played at the Links Course at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in South Africa.
Presidents Cup, story
Although the story of the dramatic draw resulting from match play is well known, the sporting spirit that hovered over the competition was not only noteworthy, but has always symbolized the essence of the Presidents Cup.
Personally, I always start from here in watching the highlights of this cup.
With matches drawn at the end of the regular game, Tiger Woods and South African Ernie Els began a sudden death playoff (the first to win the hole would give the team victory).
With the darkness enveloping the course and all the players of both teams following, the two tied the first two holes. On the third hole, Woods pocketed a 4.5-meter par putt, leaving Els with a difficult 2.5-meter putt to keep the playoffs alive.
Bobby Jones claimed that there is no courage in golf, because there is no physical danger involved in the game. Maybe it's also true - and no one would know it better than Jones - but if Els didn't show courage in pocketing that putt, tell me what it was ...
What happened next is almost unthinkable in the context of the world of sport as we know it today. Friends and longtime rivals Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player - their respective team captains - agreed on a draw, with the proviso that instead of the reigning cup holder United States, who would then hold it, it would be shared by both.
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Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus at the 2003 Presidents Cup
“From day one, Gary and I said it wasn't going to be who won or lost,” Nicklaus said. “Obviously both Gary and I wanted to win and that was what all our players wanted too.
But the game has had the upper hand ”. Months later, at his Memorial Tournament, Nicklaus spoke about the supremacy of sportsmanship during a press conference with Els. "There was no one in the world who wanted to see you lose that putt in the playoffs," said Nicklaus.
"Nobody in our team and nobody in the world of sport" "Are you serious?" Els said. “I'm very serious,” Nicklaus said. "There was not a soul in golf or anyone who wanted me to lose it"
“This is very much appreciated,” Els said. Tim Finchem, the then commissioner of the PgaTour who later commented on the decision to institutionalize the Nicklaus-Player agreement as part of the playing conditions in the Presidents Cup, was also appreciated. From that moment on, in the event of a tie, the teams would divided possession of the cup.