CHARLOTTE, NC – Adam Scott is playing his 10the Presidents Cup this week, but in the Aussie’s mind, the international team reset the historic clock on the 2019 matches at Royal Melbourne.
“There was a clear line in the sand drawn for 2019 on our team. Things look good there. I want you to stay here. I don’t see why I shouldn’t,” Scott said of the International’s narrow loss (16-14) in Australia.
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Then captain Ernie Els is credited with creating a unity among the international team that had not existed, as well as a team identity, which included a new team logo.
“I think the shield is quite important. I think it was often difficult for us to have a kind of identity, to bring so many different cultures together in the same place,” said Geoff Ogilvy, international vice-captain this week.
Els also instilled a level of confidence that had been largely absent from the international team since the Presidents Cup was first played in 1994.
“Ernie went to great lengths to try and raise the stature of our team to where players growing up around the world really see this as something they have to accomplish in their career and put it on their résumé,” Immelman said.
Els is not part of this week’s games, but he had a Zoom call with the team on Tuesday and has left a legacy that the international team hopes to continue.