(Reuters) – A burning desire to avenge his previous Presidents Cup nightmare will drive Adam Hadwin at this week’s tournament against the mighty Americans at Royal Melbourne.
Hadwin was part of an outclassed International team handed an eight-point shellacking by the United States in New Jersey two years ago.
Half-point - Partnership - Hideki - Matsuyama - Foursomes
He eked out a half-point in partnership with Hideki Matsuyama in alternate-shot foursomes at Liberty National and lost his other two matches.
Els, however, has kept faith in the Canadian, whose accurate driving and agreeable personality helped earn one of the four captain’s picks on offer.
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“After the proverbial butt-kicking we took two years ago, the only thing I’ve thought about is coming out and gaining 15-and-a-half points,” Hadwin said in a telephone interview with Reuters.
“From a perspective of being around these guys, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. But getting drummed like we did was a bit of a slap in the face.
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“How are we going to turn the tide on what has been an American beat-down on us since the Presidents Cup started?
“We need to flip the script. We need to win each individual session and if we can do that we will take home the Cup.”
Easier - Hadwin - Efforts - Els - Team
Easier said than done, perhaps, but Hadwin is hopeful, even confident, that the efforts made by Els to engender a team spirit will pay dividends.
Hadwin said Els had focused all year on ensuring the Internationals will not be strangers when they arrive on tournament week.
Task - Disparate - Cultures - Languages - Collection
That is no easy task given the disparate cultures and languages for a collection of players from every continent except Europe.
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