2017 Presidents Cup – Keep Politics Aside Please
The 2017 Presidents Cup is the current Presidents Cup golf competition. The 12th edition of the event, the competition is being played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, from September 28 to October 1, 2017. Steve Stricker and Nick Price are the captains of the U.S. and the International teams, respectively.
The United States are the defending champions.
It’s easy to insist there should be some line of demarcation between politics and sporting events. It’s more difficult when that sporting event is literally called the Presidents Cup and three former United States presidents are standing behind the competitors as they launch their opening tee shots.
And yet, under a gorgeous blue sky, with wind whipping through the 1,300-seat horseshoe enclosure around the first tee, that’s exactly what happened.
About a half-hour before the first scheduled tee shot on Thursday afternoon, former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama emerged together through a tunnel. There were no cries of derision from the gallery. There was no sense of the social unrest that has unfolded at other sporting events in recent weeks.
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