Davis Love III told U.S. captain Jay Haas last year that he would be in South Korea for the Presidents Cup one way or another, which at the time meant that if the 50-year-old Love didn't qualify for the team then he would go as an assistant captain.
Padraig Harrington's game slipped so badly last year that he failed to keep full status on the PGA Tour for the first time. He wrote letters to tournaments asking for a sponsor's exemption and received one from every tournament but the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Like most sports, American golf interest builds and peaks on greatness rivaled by greatness: Arnold vs. Jack. Nicklaus vs. Watson. Greg Norman vs. Sunday at the Majors. Tiger vs. Vijay, then Tiger vs. Phil.