U.S. young guns not ready for prime time

KEVIN HAIME -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

Hey Team USA, where's the beef? Or should I ask where's the fresh meat?

Going into today's singles matches the Presidents Cup is tied at 11 points apiece and is up for grabs.

Actually, I think the Americans will probably pull off the victory because they're on a very American-style golf course, virtually all of the fans on location are rooting for them and they have been historically better at singles matches.

But, you can't help but notice that Team USA isn't exactly dominating international matches, whether at this event or at the Ryder Cup.

Nine of this year's President's Cup members were members of the Ryder Cup team that got embarrassed last year at Oakland Hills. And that's a real problem for the Americans.

The best roster that the USA can produce is not only struggling to win, but they're getting old, too.

For a country with such strong collegiate and junior programs not much talent has been produced over the last 10 years.

How many more times can the Americans pull Fred Couples and Davis Love off the bench, not to mention Kenny Perry, Scott Verplank and Fred Funk?

On this team, Tiger is the youngest player and he's been on tour for 10 years.

Which means things may get worse before they get better for the Americans.

The so-called next super talents just aren't getting the job done. Guys like Charles Howell and Chad Campbell just can't get their games to the next level and others like Bryce Molder, David Gossett, and Matt Kuchar have imploded.

On the other hand, The Internationals and Europeans have Adam Scott, Tim Clark, Trevor Immelman, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and others ready to take the baton.

LESSON: This week's lesson comes from Gary Player, captain of the Presidents Cup International squad. With limited skills and size, Player won 163 tournaments worldwide, including nine majors. "Most people think life is 90% what happens to them, and 10% how they react," says Player. "Actually, it's 10% what happens to them, and 90% how they react. One thing I know, being a champion has nothing to do with hitting the ball. If that were true, Tom Weiskopf would have been the greatest champion." There's a great lesson for all golfers in Player's message. Far too many golfers give up on making swing changes too soon and even more golfers give up on a round just because they hit a few bad shots or string together a few poor holes. Great golf comes with a great attitude and often time's bad golf is a direct result of negativity and a lack of will.

TOUR TIDBITS: Tiger Woods may finally becoming a team player. This week, he's lining up putts for Jim Furyk and was using Furyk's Callaway golf ball in the alternate format Saturday... I don't know about you but I prefer the President's Cup format to the Ryder Cup format. With 34 matches instead of 28, everybody plays at the Presidents Cup well before the singles matches... Keep an eye on NCAA and US Amateur Champion Ryan Moore over the next few weeks. Moore finished second at the Canadian Open on a tough layout and followed that up with a solid T17th place at the 84 Lumber Classic. He's already made $512,900 in just six starts this year. He should be the first player to play his way on tour without going to tour school since Tiger.


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