Among the still-developing traditions with the Presidents Cup is the biennial discourse that before the results can change – the United States just won for the 12th time in 14 events with one tie – the format must change.
Here are some of the suggestions:
• Include a handful of European players to bolster the International side, which typically fights the depth of talent battle;
• Include women, making it a mixed event, which should help the Internationals given the number of exceptional female players from Asia, Canada, and Latin America;
• Scrap it altogether and let the Ryder Cup shine every two years.
Do any of those ideas have any traction?
No, no and no.
Asked specifically last week if there might be format changes to the next Presidents Cup – at Royal Montreal in 2024 – PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan made it clear that no big changes are coming.
He pointed to the Ryder Cup, which began in 1927, as being one-sided for decades before becoming what it is today. The addition of a junior Presidents Cup is a seemingly small thing but with a potentially larger impact down the road. Trust the process, as the saying goes.
From a business standpoint, there were 40,000 fans each day at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week and hospitality sales more than doubled their dreamiest goal, topping out at more than $40 million.
“I think this event is on a great path,” Monahan said last week.
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