Editor's Note: Each day during the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., Great Britain & Ireland Captain Russell Weir will file an entry. The 59-year-old, who is in his 30th year as PGA Head Professional at Cowal Golf Club in Dunoon, Scotland, is making his debut as GB&I captain. Weir, however, is no stranger to the PGA Cup. He competed in eight as a player -- tied for most appearances in PGA Cup history. Here is his first blog.
By Russell Weir, Great Britain & Ireland Captain
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – The first thing, I must say, is it was a long journey to get here. But once we arrived here at CordeValle on Monday, what a place.
I’d go as far as to say it’s the best course I’ve ever seen in the United States, and we’re all just delighted with the way things have been going from the golf our boys are playing to the hospitality we’re receiving.
All of the players on our GB&I side are very experienced players, but for a lot of them it is their first crack at the PGA Cup. I certainly think I’ll have some good input for them having been to so many of these as a player in the past. I’ll help them out as much as I can. After all, that’s what I’m here for.
The PGA Cup means everything to me. When I was competing as a player, my whole PGA season revolved around preparing properly for the Club Pro Championship. Obviously if you play well enough in the Club Pro Championship, you get the opportunity to play in the PGA Cup matches, which to me, is the thing that I’ve enjoyed most in golf my whole life -- these matches. To me, playing in the PGA Cup is even better than winning a Club Pro Championship.
Because of the PGA Cup, I’ve made great friends. I have friends that go way back to my first PGA Cup in 1986. Once you make friends in these situations, they’re friends for life.
We’re excited to get started tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about Friday morning ever since I was approached to be captain. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about the PGA Cup, and it’s finally here. I just can’t wait for it to start.
As a former player, I can tell you that the nerves will be going crazy. But all these guys have played golf at a high level for a long time. They know the situation; they’ve been in pressure situations. So, they know what to expect -- maybe not this exact situation, but that’s why I’m here. I can help prepare them for that.
I thought it would be difficult for me to come here and not play, but you know what? It has not been difficult, because these players have been magnificent. There’s a great harmony on the team and everyone is bonding very well. This has been a fairly easy job for me.
While it’s an easy job so far, I have to admit -- being appointed captain is the biggest accolade I’ve ever had in golf. I’m absolutely honored.