Jack Nicklaus already laughing at pathetic International team at Presidents Cup
Jack Nicklaus must think he’s playing the New York Mets in late September or going against a squad coached by U.S. Women’s Soccer goalie-switching genius Greg Ryan. In other words, Nicklaus has to believe he’s facing something truly pathetic that only deserves pity not fear.
For one day into the Presidents Cup, Nicklaus is already laughing at the International team.
There is no other way to describe the Captain America’s decision to order Phil Mickelson and Woody Austin to concede a four-foot putt to Vijay Singh on the 18th hole, allowing the Internationals to slink away from day one with a half point. Nicklaus said he felt like it was the right thing to do for Singh’s playing partner Mike Weir, who’s treated like a special-needs kid because the Cup is being held in Canada.
Please. That would be like Steve Nash deciding to stop throwing bounce passes when he’s playing the Knicks. You don’t let up just because your opponent appears pitiful and in Weir’s case doesn’t deserve to be here on merit.
Did Appalachian State stop scoring on Michigan?
Even Mickelson didn’t seem down with the decision until he remembered he’s Faker Phil and it’s Jack Nicklaus.
“Captain Nicklaus said for us to do it. If it was up to me I don’t know,” Mickelson told AFP before completely reversing course.
“It was the right call,” Mickelson continued. “Vijay wasn’t going to miss that putt anyway. He hasn’t missed one like that in four or five years.”
Apparently, Mickelson didn’t watch any of the FedEx Cup either.
Today’s Vijay could have easily missed that putt. And Nicklaus should have let him take it. You call it the honorable thing to do? I call it a slap in the face of an Internationals squad that was already being embarrassed. They need Captain America’s pity to get a measlely half point?
It will be interesting to see if Jack’s honorable slap riles up the Internationals. And what if the U.S. somehow ends up losing the whole thing by half a point?
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Jack probably isn't laughing at all.
But he probably is snickering to himself after reading the nonsense about how the Internationals and the Brits are better team players than the Yanks.
One fellow on another thread said that the Internationals had more team spirit because they went to the gin mills together for libation.
In the eleven matches of alternate shot, without doubt the most team-oriented of the competition, the Americans buried the Aliens 10 1/2 to 1/2! And their half was most likely a gift from a benevolent Jack who took mercy on them.
This should put to rest any further talk of our Yanks being a bunch of self-centered spouled brats.
It's only a game of golf, but Americans really shouldn't get so much pleasure when our sportsmen and women lose in International competition. Try glorying in their wins which occur at least twice as often as their losses.
Jack just didn't want any angry Canadians - and I am one, I must say - chasing him away from his favorite fishing holes out east.
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