FORMBY, England – I might need to change my attitude towards the Palmer Cup after bumping into Dean Robertson today in the Formby clubhouse.
I went to the 2006 Palmer Cup at Prestwick when Europe won 19 1/2-4 1/2 and I honestly couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. It seemed like the most redundant tournament I’d ever been to.
I still felt that way this year even when I saw Europe had won at Cherry Hills to even the series.
Robertson has a diametric view. He captained this year’s European team. He called it “the best experience I’ve ever had in golf.”
It’s a pretty big statement coming from a guy who had seven good seasons on the European Tour, culminating with victory in the 1999 Italian Open and playing on two Scottish World Cup teams, including with Colin Montgomerie in 1999.
So why did “Deano” have such a great experience when I didn’t?
The King was at Cherry Hills, scene of his 1960 U.S. Open title, and gave his time to everyone.
“I’ve never met a more humble superstar in my life,” Robertson said. “He went out of his way to please the players. They were thrilled. He signed caps, sat and patiently answered questions in a Q-&-A session. You name it he did it.”
Palmer wasn’t at Prestwick when I made my only trip to the Palmer Cup. Maybe if he had have been I’d be more enthusiastic about the tournament. However, I just can’t seem to muster any love for the event.