The 10th Presidents Cup begins Thursday at Muirfield Village, where a team of 12 American will take on 12 International players. Although the outcome seems foretold, the players who will emerge from this week’s Presidents Cup fray as the men of the match seem less certain. With seven rookies on the roster, the International team’s hopes may rest on the mighty shoulders of its most experienced player, Ernie Els.
By his own admission, Els hasn’t enjoyed a great stretch of golf recently. Since winning the BMW International Open in June, he hasn’t finished in the top 10 in 10 consecutive events. That doesn’t mean he’s been terrible, by any means. Els placed T-17 at the Dunhill Links Championship last week and has showed signs of turning things around. Competing here at Muirfield Village, where he won the Memorial Tournament nine years ago, should help rekindle some fond memories.
Graham DeLaet also has the look of a surprise hero for the International team. Although he’s playing his first Presidents Cup, the Canadian had a torrid playoff run to earn his first trip to East Lake last month and ranks as the Tour’s best ball-striker which will be key on a course most consider the ultimate ball-striker’s golf course.
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