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Teeing Off: Is the Presidents Cup gaining on the Ryder Cup’s popularity?

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Welcome to Teeing Off, where Devil Ball editor Jay Busbee and head writer Shane Bacon take a day's topic and smack it all over the course. Suggest a future topic by writing, or hit us on Twitter at @jaybusbee and @shanebacon. Today, it's Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup ... which one do you love?

Busbee: The Presidents Cup is about to tee off, and as it always does, it brings about thoughts of its more well-known forebear, the Ryder Cup. Both are exceptionally enjoyable events to watch and (I assume) play in, but which one do you enjoy more? Which one is the better competition, Mr. Bacon?

Bacon: It's strange, because when you first read that sentence, you instantly think, "Ryder Cup! No question! What are we even talking about!," but just think, the International squads continue to get better and better. The Ryder Cup will always be the first of the team events you think of, but the Presidents Cup is no slouch. I'd probably say Ryder Cup still, but it isn't nearly as big of a gap as it used to be. Do you agree?

Busbee: Absolutely agree, and not just because of the pedigree; the range and diversity of players on the International team is far more fascinating than the horde of Euros on the Ryder Cup. Scott, Ishikawa, Choi ... all these guys and more give a whole different feel to the Presidents Cup squad. Question is, what will it take to get this to have the prestige of the Ryder? Time? Different location on the calendar?

Bacon: As we've seen with just about everything, it's tough to overtake the first to the party, and that was the Ryder Cup, so time will help, but I like some of the things the Presidents Cup has done to change things up. I love the Battleship-like feel of the captain's picking match-ups against each other. I like that we have an extra day of golf. But why not more wrinkles? I love the idea that the top point-getter on the winning team should be exempt into the next Presidents Cup and also be allowed to pick the venue. That would give the International teams top earner a chance to have it in his home country, and the top American a chance to have it in his home state. Got any other ideas to give this a slightly different taste than the Ryder Cup?

Busbee: All of those are fine suggestions, good ways of putting more at stake. I particularly love the venue choice one; oh, that'd lead to some lobbying that would make Congress blush. I wonder about the position on the calendar, but we always come back to this: when else could you do it? In March, it's too cold in the States, but now, this is getting totally subsumed by football. Still, for golf fans, it's a nice bonus, a great way to check out the best in the game with a lot on the line. I'm all in.

Bacon: At least we get it in primetime this entire week, and it only has to go up against the NFL one day! Take that, fellas!

And your thoughts ... has the Presidents Cup come on strong or are you still partial to the Ryder Cup?

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