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Who said there wasn’t any bad blood at the Presidents Cup!

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Comparing the pressure and fanfare at the Presidents Cup to that of the Ryder Cup would be like someone comparing the Super Bowl to the CFL’s Grey Cup. It’s just not fair to even put the two championship’s in the same category.

The Presidents Cup was once again a pretty chummy affair, as players from the International and American team turned the four day event into an exhibition match of sorts, replete with laughs and players who looked far from nervous representing their country.

Let’s be honest here: the competitive juices just don’t seem to flow at this event. Maybe it’s the fact that we see all of these players over the course of a season, forcing us to all of a sudden cheer against a guy like Mike Weir because he’s Canadian and plays on the International team.

I can tell you it’s a lot easier to root against the European team given the bad blood between the two sides over the years. While the event at Harding Park may have ended with a whimper (Tiger Wood saved the event from obscurity), we at least got some great quotes from a certain Aussie golfer that should make the next go-around an interesting affair.

Robert Allenby, Anthony Kim’s whipping boy on Sunday, didn’t take too kindly to the 5 and 3 beating he received from the 24-year-old on the final day. Instead of congratulating Kim on his victory, Allenby went on a tangent that raised many eyebrows — mine included.

“Some guys (from the U.S.) who didn’t play well played very well today,” Allenby said after his defeat at the hands of the U.S. teams youngest golfer.

“Maybe we should all take the theory of Anthony Kim,” Allenby said. “Get home at 4 o’clock (in the morning) and then go shoot 6 under.”

Asked if his comments were on the record, Allenby said, “I don’t care. Ask his playing partners. Ask his team. He is the loosest cannon in that team.”

Allenby went on to call the 24-year-old Kim golf’s “current John Daly.”

WOW! That’s a way to turn the event on its head going forward. Allenby has never minced words; and it looks like he won’t be changing anytime soon. Calling Kim the “current John Daly” is probably taking things too far. Given Long John’s troubles over the years, I think that comment is a bit uncalled for.

Kim also squashed the rumors regarding his whereabouts on the night prior to Sunday’s singles matches. There were reports coming out that he’d been seen partying until 4 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Needless to say, Kim was shocked by the comments.

Said Kim, “He said that today? Wow. That’s pretty surprising. . . . I hope that was a joke.”

When he was told Allenby’s comments weren’t in jest, Kim added, “I’m actually pretty surprised that he said that. I was in tip-top shape coming into today. When you get sat out in a match (as Kim did Saturday morning in foursomes), you’re out there to prove a point.”

So there you go, it looks like there is some bad blood brewing at the Presidents Cup after all!

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Written by Jonathan Wall

10/12/2009 at 6:49 pm

Posted in Presidents Cup

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