Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2019 Faces Promo Challenge

With the 2017 Presidents Cup safely tucked away in the U.S., the pundits are already out in force for the 2019 edition that will be played at Royal Melbourne. 

It will be held December 9 – 15, during the height of the Victorian summer and there are some who claim that in order to draw a following, top Americans must play an Aussie tournament in the lead-up. 

The problem is that this would seem to indicate that the Australian Open or Australian PGA needs to devise some method to lure world number one Dustin Johnson or young gun Justin Thomas. 

The wider problem with that strategy is that the prizemoney for Australia’s biggest golf events is paltry. The time period between the Australian Open and the Presidents Cup is such that the Australian Open is not until the middle of January and it is difficult to conceive of any of the 12 Americans likely to be on the Presidents Cup squad, let along Johnson and Thomas, will want to loiter Down Under for that length of time while there are millions to be had playing in the U.S.

Adam Scott is calling on the Presidents Cup organisers to pull out all the stops to expose Aussie golf fans to the Yanks that beat the Internationals convincingly in the 2017 edition. 

So far, however, it seems as though only Jordan Spieth has been willing to endure the travel, much as Arnold Palmer was doing back in the 60s, when he was one of the first Americans to consent to playing the British Open. 

The demise of the Australian Masters does not help the cause in any way.

The Australian Open has managed to attract Spieth, along with Rory McIllroy, but youngsters such as those two have little to no issues adjusting to the huge swing in time zones. 

The best hopes would lie in Aussies golfers nurturing relationships with their American counterparts, and then appealing to a desire to boost the game of golf on an international level.