JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The beginning of the Presidents Cup gave golf a brand new Huge Three — former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Invoice Clinton posing with gamers and wives on every workforce in a gap ceremony in contrast to some other.
It was the primary time the Presidents Cup — named after the very best workplace within the land — has had three U.S. presidents attending the matches collectively because the occasion started in 1994.
The U-formed grandstands across the first tee at Liberty Nationwide have been at capability greater than an hour earlier than the primary tee time Thursday. A lot of the gamers have been warming up on the vary.
Phil Mickelson, within the fifth and ultimate match, came to visit early to clasp arms with all three. Then, the 5-time main champion took out his telephone for a selfie he won’t get once more.
He’s higher at golf. Mickelson solely received a part of his face and stated later, “I’m so dangerous at selfies.”
However he is aware of an enormous second.
“How are you going to not do this when you could have three of our presidents?” Mickelson stated. “And their presence actually means so much to this occasion. That’s what it’s about. It’s the Presidents Cup. And for these three to return right here and be part of it was very particular, and I simply took benefit of the chance.”
All presidents are invited to be the honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup when it’s held in america, and all have accepted. Clinton has been the one sitting president to attend the matches, on Saturday on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Membership in Virginia in 2000.
Which may change. The PGA Tour was getting ready for a go to by President Donald Trump on Sunday, although it has not been confirmed.
“I get enthusiastic about the truth that three people ascended to the very best workplace within the land and golf was an essential a part of their life and continues to be an essential a part of their life,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan stated Wednesday. “I feel it’s an ideal assertion for our recreation.”
There was loads of buzz on the primary tee, particularly when a platform behind the tee started to fill.
All three PGA Tour commissioners courting to 1974 have been there — Monahan, Tim Finchem and Deane Beman. The loudest cheers have been for Jack Nicklaus and Gary Participant, who together with Arnold Palmer have been the Massive Three throughout one of many early progress durations in golf. Palmer died a yr in the past Monday.
After which the U.S. presidents crammed the field.
Mickelson received his selfie, and earlier than lengthy different gamers and assistant captains filed over to see the presidents….