Presidents Cup problems could belong to next year’s Ryder Cup

With all due respect to the Presidents Cup, which is being played this week at Quail Hollow in North Carolina, it ranks just a few steps behind the Ryder Cup in terms of interest for golf enthusiasts.

Perhaps that’s why losing players on both the US and international teams because the players made the jump to the LIV Tour wasn’t heartbreaking. In fact, rather than bemoan the damage done to the Presidents Cup, some experts said this is an opportunity to repair the Presidents Cup by making it a joint event.

So the absence of players like Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed may not be that significant for this week’s Presidents Cup, at least for the US team. The international squad is sure to miss players like Cameron Smith, Mark Leishman, Joaquin Niemann and Abraham Anser. The loss of these players means the international team, which has won just one of the previous 13 Presidents Cups, will attend this week’s event as a notably underdog.

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But going forward a year, and the chaos of this year’s Presidents Cup could become a similar mess in the Ryder Cup. And that could make one of golf’s main events the biggest battleground of the LIV era.

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