Appeared in Fall 2013 LINKS
By Ricci Roberts
There’s not much I haven’t seen in 30 years as a caddie, but the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa—the country where I grew up—was the most bizarre finish to a competition I can recall.
After 34 matches over four days at The Links at Fancourt, the score was tied at 17. Unlike in the Ryder Cup, where the defending champion retains the trophy after a tie, Presidents Cup rules at the time called for deadlocks to be broken by a sudden-death playoff between two players “in the envelope”—meaning they had been preselected by their respective captains, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.