Rory Sabbatini

by rickadams4
October 5, 2007, 3:00 pm
Filed under: On the road

Rookies at The Presidents Cup 

As a big South Park fan, Rory is often heard singing “Blame Canada, Blame Canada.” But after The Presidents Cup in Montreal, I am certain the tune will sound more like the country’s anthem: “Oh Canada, Oh Canada!” 

What an amazing and memorable week we spent there. We were lucky to have so much family share the event with us, but were so busy with team events we barely saw them. I wish someone would have let the rookies in on that scheduling secret, but nevertheless … it was spectacular!   

I assume it would have felt better had we won, but it just didn’t seem like we lost. I was so proud of The International players. They went into the final round believing they still had a chance at rewriting history. They were the underdogs but had confidence they could come out on top.   

As wives, and team cheerleaders, we felt a need to get the crowd on the side of our guys during the final round. Hence, the hockey jerseys you may have seen on the television broadcast. Mike Weir’s wife provided us with our “Team Canada” uniforms on Sunday, and boy did they incite the crowds!   

The true winners at the Cup were definitely the spectators. Never have I seen more polite golf fans. They clapped at every great shot, international or American.  Never have I seen a crowd so supportive of Rory. (I even joked that maybe we should consider moving to Canada!)   

At the end of the day, silver medals in tow, we settled in our hotel for a relatively tame team dinner. Most everyone in the room spoke from their hearts and thanked Captain Player, who at one point played a song and danced with his wife Vivienne. The song was Willie Nelson’s famed tune, “On the Road Again.” And with that, the team began discussions of how to reclaim the Cup in San Francisco in 2009. Always the consummate competitors. Pull up your bootstraps, learn from your mistakes, and have a short memory!  That’s why these guys are good!      

P.S. Montreal — quelle ville merveilleuse!

Oh, Canada!


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