Just weeks ago, when golf became an Olympic sport for 2016, we heard a parade of top American golfers (including Tiger) saying how much they want to represent their country. Those patriotic words ring pretty hollow, though, in light of what can be described only as an embarrassingly weak U.S. team at this week's World Cup at the Mission Hills Resort in China: Nick Watney (31st in the world) and John Merrick (139).
Nice guys, but is this the best America could do for golf's annual Olympic-like extravaganza? Merrick has never even won a Tour event, while Watney has a grand total of two victories. Heck, Denmark, a nation with fewer people than New York City, has a team that on paper is more than twice as good as the Yanks: the Danes (Soren Hansen and Soren Kjeldsen) are a combined 77th in the World Ranking compared to the U.S.'s 170th. The dismal U.S. World Cup showing is especially galling, because just two weeks ago some of the best Americans — Tiger and Phil among them — trekked to China to play in the HSBC Champions. That tournament, however, offered juicy appearance fees and a $7 million purse.