We arrived just as the gates were opening for Wednesday's practice round and you could immediately feel the importance of the event. With many distinguished guests in attendance, including former President George Bush, Sr., security was tighter than a normal Tour event and navigating the area around the course was pretty challenging. It's appropriate that Harding Park hosts this version of the Presidents Cup since it's named for former President Warren G. Harding, an avid golfer, who dies unexpectedly while passing through San Francisco in 1923.
The course was packed on Wednesday with a diverse gallery supporting all the countries represented in the event. While everyone seemed to be enjoying the festivities, there was some very obvious frustration at not being able to see much golf! As with other Tour events, there was no real schedule for the practice
round so fans had to do a little searching in order to find the teams. The U.S. team practiced in the morning and were off the course around noon at the same time the International team was on the front nine. Both teams were off the course around 2-3pm in order to prepare for the opening ceremony at 4. The rest of the week should be pretty exciting, and with some great pairings already on the board for round one's alternate shot matches, and a course that features many risk-reward holes, you can expect some great drama from the event.
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