2015 Presidents Cup in South America?
By mustang6560 on 11/9/11
One of the hot topics out of Australia ahead of the 2011 Presidents Cup is what continent should get to host the 2015 event - Asia or South America?
Some would argue Asia is a no brainer for a couple reasons. First, industry experts will tell you the far east is the next golf frontier so hosting the event in an Asian country would help reinforce the games popularity in a growing market. And second, four out of the 12 spots on the International Team roster include players from Asia (and they all automatically qualified).
Not so fast, said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. With golf set to return as a sport in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, South America might be a better venue.
“When you look at the Olympic date sitting there in ‘16, and everybody is gearing toward that, you’ve sort of got to draw some conclusions as to where we’ll be in 2015,” he said.Another factor working in South America's favor is the fact the PGA Tour recently announced the creation of its new tour - PGA Tour Latinoamerica. The 11-event schedule will be played next fall from September thru December in several countries including Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru.
Tough decision - Asia or South America. I think either continent would make an excellent host, but if it was up to me, I would pick for South America. Asia is light years ahead of South America in terms of golf interest so my neighboring continent could use the boost of a Presidents Cup more than Asia. Can you imagine the kind of attention golf would get in South America with Presidents Cup and Olympics in back to back years? The good news for the voting committee is there is no wrong decision.
The 2011 Presidents Cup will be played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia next week and the event will return stateside in 2013 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
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There are no South American players currently on the "World" team. Certainly there are a handful of players from S.A. that might qualify for the team in 2015 but the event really should be played in a venue that supplies some of the participants.
"Asia is light years ahead of Asia..."
Wow. They must have that ship that Dark Helmet had in Space Balls. :)
@mjaber, I was going to comment on that too. I had to re-read that a few times to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing...lol...
South America is so far behind South America that they will never catch up.
What's not to get? :)
the PGA Tour completely missed the boat on the Middle East and Asia and now they can't break into the European Tour's strangle hold on those areas, so they're going to focus on South America where there is absolutely no money to made. really there are only about 4 or 5 countries in South America that could afford to hold golf tournaments and then run the risk of them even WANTING to spend the money to host an event. on top of all of this you have the player's safety to worry about. prime example is the kidnapping attempt on Jenson Button in Brazil.
Asia is the only logical next step to take.
True on the safety issue, Mexico had better do something. Tourism is a huge part of their national income and it's down tremendously because of the violence. I used to fly one or two trips a month down there, but Cabo San Lucas in May was my last trip to Mexico.
If the "Olympic" course is ready by 2015, I think it would be an ideal situation, and a perfect test of the course. Otherwise, they need to go somewhere that it's going to be a "home" game for someone on the International squad.
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