WE CAN pretend no longer: The Presidents Cup is dead. For years (decades?) it has been a dreary slog, and this year was the most boring yet. The Internationals never had a chance against a powerhouse U.S. squad, and last weekend's event was two soul-sucking days of meaningless golf. Here are four modest proposals to fix the event.
This is the Presidents Cup, so let's executive reorder the teams.
Since the rest of the world is clearly not enough, let's give the Internationals two wild-card picks from Europe. How much more fun would this be with Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter in the mix? Or what if the U.S. team could only draw from the original 13 colonies? The event was birthed by the same nation that thought up the electoral college, so we oughta be able to figure this out.
For the love of Pete, shorten the event.
Two days is more than enough to decide the Presidents Cup. Also, reducing the team size from 12 to 10 would help mask the Internationals' inferiority. No offense to captain's pick Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, but I think the Cup could survive his absence.
Make it coed.
A mixed-team event should be a no-brainer. Let's be real: Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie bring way more star power than the likes of Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell.
Have captains play.
Let's have the Presidents Cup leaders play for points. Personally, I would rather watch Nick Price--Ernie Els vs. Steve Stricker--Tiger Woods than any other match we saw.