Remy Blog: Friday

In the second entry of his PGA Cup blog, United States Captain Jim Remy discusses his reaction to the stellar performance his team put on to open the 25th PGA Cup.


Captain Jim Remy (left) congratulated Mike Small Friday afternoon as the U.s. team was building a four-point lead. (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 second blog.

By Jim Remy, United States Captain

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Well, I'm not sure what more I can say other than it was a really good Day 1 for the United States squad.  We felt comfortable and confident coming in, but we knew that you never really know until the shots are hit.

I think this morning's four-ball matches were critical, especially that half point by Mike Small and Faber Jamerson, who never led in the match but made a critical birdie on the 18th hole to get us that half point. So we go into the afternoon match up one point (2.5 to 1.5) but with really a good bit of momentum and a whole lot of confidence.

Then this afternoon, to get three and a half points out of four in foursomes was incredible.  The foursomes' not typically our game, but we did practice it a lot this week. I guess it showed.

My job as captain now is to get out of the way and let these guys play.  Like I said yesterday, there's a reason these guys are here.  Keep in mind, these players from GB&I are good and for our guys to go out there and perform this way today, it really shows how good they can play.  They played well, I'm very proud of them.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves.  We had a very good first day but there's still a lot of points out there, so we can't get complacent. There's no celebrating -- we'll enjoy a good night and then we'll refocus for tomorrow.

But we're ready.  I don't think we could have possibly expected a day like today on the scoreboard, but we'll keep pressing ahead for another one tomorrow.