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Remy Blog: Saturday

In the third entry of his PGA Cup blog, United States Captain Jim Remy notes that he's obviously pleased with where his team stands heading into Sunday, but he cautions that a win isn’t yet in the bag.

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U.S. Captain Jim Remy (right) discussed the day's strategy with team member Rob McClellan before play began on Saturday. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)

Editor's Note: Each day during the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., United States Captain Jim Remy will file a blog entry. Remy is currently the Honorary President of The PGA of America, having recently served a two-year term as the Association’s 36th President. A PGA member since 1984, Remy is the vice president and general manager of the Okemo Golf Division at the Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vt. Here is his third blog.

By Jim Remy, United States Captain


SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- After two days of intense competition, I think it's pretty obvious that as a team, we obviously feel very good. To lead 10.5 to 5.5 is a heck of a lead, but I cautioned the team that all we have is a lead. We came here to get a win. And we still have the singles matches to play tomorrow and anything can happen in sports.  So we will prepare the best we can, do the best we can and we'll see how it goes. But yes, I'm happy with where we stand, of course.

I do want to mention that I'm proud of the guys for the way they've played -- and I'm really proud of the way they've played foursomes (alternate shot) the past two days. To get six and a half points out of a possible eight is pretty amazing -- especially for a bunch of guys that never play foursomes.

Whether it's real or myth or whatever, there's been a longstanding thought that golfers from Europe play better in foursomes than we do. Obviously, this is always a big story during the Ryder Cup. I think our play this weekend shows that "hey, we can play this format too." So everything we've done so far has been something to be proud of, but that really stands out.

As for tomorrow, we only need two and a half points to retain the Llandudno Trophy and three to win it. But I know that the Great Britain & Ireland team isn't just going to lay down and give us those points. So we'll have to come ready to play and earn them.

I'm in a fortunate position that I have 10 great players, 10 champions. They've all been there, won events, all played at the highest level. I could mix them any way I want and feel really good. I have young guys who are long, steady Eddies and I have veterans. So we'll take a look at it, and try to get off to a good start -- I think that's always important -- and see if we can finish strong.

Again, anything can happen in sports and we won't take anything for granted. But I do like our position. I hope I'm writing tomorrow with the Llandudno Trophy beside me.