Doug Ferguson: Relationships forged among players who make US team

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:55:15 AM. Kevin Kisner began to appreciate the value of playing in the Presidents Cup two months before the matches even started.All because of a text message.He was at the Bridgestone Invitational last month when he received a group text sent to players who were in position to make the U.S. team. The idea was to make everyone feel like a team, whether the exchange of messages was motivational or simply
Kevin Kisner began to appreciate the value of playing in the Presidents Cup two months before the matches even started. All because of a text message. He was at the Bridgestone Invitational last month when he received a group text sent to players who were in position to make the U.S. team. The idea was to make everyone feel like a team, whether the exchange of messages was motivational or simply amusing. Kisner is among the more popular figures in the locker room, but there were still a few numbers in that group text that he didn't recognize. He wasn't alone, mainly because the guy who started the thread — U.S. captain Steve Stricker — put in the wrong number for Charley Hoffman. And that soon became clear to everyone. "Some dude told us he didn't care and to quit texting him," Kisner said. Kisner is among five players who have never played in a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team, the most since five players experienced their first professional team competition at the 2010 Ryder Cup team in Wales. The Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup are not on the same level when it comes to history or hype, pressure or publicity. But there's no difference for those trying to be part of it. That's why Brooks Koepka wore himself out in the summer of 2015 by playing eight times in nine weeks in a desperate bid to make the Presidents Cup. He missed out and didn't make his team debut until the following year at the Ryder Cup. There are varying levels of acceptance on the PGA Tour, which starts...Read more
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