Found November 16, 2011 on Devil Ball Golf:
Blame Beijing. China's over-the-top opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics have forever altered the balance for kickoffs to major international sporting events. Now, thanks to the slightly terrifying spectacle demonstrated then, every competition has to bring some outsized artistic element to its introduction. Wednesday's start to the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia was no exception; as you'll see in the photos below, there was everything from native dancing to artistic something-or-other to good ol' fashioned Aussie cowboys riding in with the treasured Cup. Both captains, Fred Couples and host Greg Norman, received lavish introductions, as did each member of each team. Combine that with a six-plane flyover from the Royal Australian Air Force's Roulettes, and you've got one heck of a starting gun. Here's hoping the actual golf will be half as exciting. More pictures follow.

Ishikawa late arrival for International team

Ryo Ishikawa was arriving late in Australia for the Presidents Cup, but International captain Greg Norman doesn't expect the Japanese star to have any problems by the time the tournament begins Thursday. Norman said after the captains' media conference Tuesday that Ishikawa, coming off a ninth-place tie Sunday in the Japan Tour's Taiheiyo Masters, wouldn't arrive...

Fred Couples Video Game

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Americans lead without getting a point from Woods

Greg Norman and Fred Couples kept asking questions long after they tried to give answers, both of them curious about the carnage inflicted by Royal Melbourne at the Presidents Cup.

Harig: Greg Norman's legacy on display at Cup

Captain Greg Norman's impact on Australian golf stands for all to see this week at the Presidents Cup, where nearly half the team is made up of Aussies, writes's Bob Harig.

Special Report: Presidents Cup Golf: A Legendary Golf Predator on Familiar Hunting Ground

Captain Greg Norman's larger-than-life emotions may prove decisive in determining the International Team's fortunes in the Presidents Cup tournament.

Bus bonding: Norman puts moment to good use

Greg Norman admitted it was an unusual way to create team unity during Presidents Cup week, but an issue with the International team's bus after dinner Monday may have done just that.

Golf-Norman shuffles Internationals pack after poor first day (Reuters)

Internationals captain Greg Norman has shaken up the pairings that suffered a stunning collapse at the Presidents Cup on Thursday, as U.S. counterpart Fred Couples opted to separate Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker following their shock loss.

Golf-Royal Melbourne greens "unfair", says Yang (Reuters)

South Korea's YE Yang laughed off Greg Norman's claims of "home ground" advantage at the Presidents Cup on Wednesday, saying Royal Melbourne's greens were "monstrous" and virtually "unfair" to play on.

President’s Cup: Day 1 Preview

Before we start, I have to get this off my chest…I cannot stand Greg Norman.  I hope he contracts bird flu. Phew…much better. Did you know the President’s Cup starts tonight?  Well, you do now and you’re in for a treat.  The Diet Ryder Cup is normally a much more informal affair than the American/European biennial kerfuffle, but this year is different as it’s hosted...

Ishikawa late arrival for International team

Ryo Ishikawa was arriving late in Australia for the Presidents Cup, but International captain Greg Norman doesn't expect the Japanese star to have any problems by the time the tournament begins Thursday.

Golf-Woods primed for "brutal" Presidents Cup - Couples (Reuters)

Tiger Woods enjoyed a shot of confidence with a third-place finish at the Australian Open but knows it will be "brutal" playing the locally-stacked Internationals team for the Presidents Cup this week, U.S. team captain Fred Couples said.

Watson-Simpson pairing proving rookie pressure no longer exists

Fred Couples doesn't have a degree in theoretical physics from MIT, but based on the way he's captained the Presidents Cup team recently, you'd be hard pressed to convince someone that Couples isn't a flippin' genius. Two years after he paired Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker together and watched them run the table in the team portion, Couples has found a new pair...

Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, 3.0? Not so fast

Fred Couples has a ton of moves he has to make as captain of the Presidents Cup. He has to figure out outfits, pairings, dinners, and media appearances. He directs his vice captains to certain players struggling, or others that might just need some confidence to finish the job. He's the motivator, the face of the team and at the end of the day, the man that is the hero of the...
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