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Word of warning: don’t go suggesting to Trevor Immelman that the Presidents Cup becomes a mixed event for men and women.

The former Masters champion captained the International team last month as they slipped to a ninth successive defeat at the hands of the USA in the biennial contest.

That has intensified calls for tweaks to the event in order to make it more competitive, with some suggesting that it could become an event comprising the best male and female golfers from the respective sides.

Appearing on Claude Harmon’s “Son Of A Butch” podcast, the South African dismissed that suggestion.

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“I’ve had to listen to that crap for two years now,” he said. “People hitting me up on social media all the time telling me
that they’ve gotta blow this thing up.

find it disrespectful on all accounts, to be extremely honest with

“I find it disrespectful to us as international
golfers, that are professional athletes that compete at the highest level
week in and week out. We’re not scrubs. Are we as strong as the
Americans? Doesn’t quite look like it right now. Have they kicked our
butts in this event? They sure have. But there’s been some close calls,
and so I find it disrespectful to us.”

He added: “I find it equally
disrespectful to the women golfers and here’s why: I don’t think women
golfers need men to make them and their competitions relevant. Their
competitions are already relevant. I sit down and watch every single
shot of the Solheim Cup. Every single shot. It’s one of my favorite
times of the year when that event goes on.

“I watched the US Women’s
Open. I watched the Women’s British Open a few weeks ago when Ashleigh Buhai came down the stretch, almost coughed it up and
won in the playoff at Muirfield, matching Ernie Els’ win at the Open at

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“Women don’t
need men to make them relevant in sport. My family and I were glued to
the TV when Serena Williams played her last match at the US Open.
She’s one of the greatest athletes to ever walk on the planet.

“So, I find it disrespectful on all accounts when people come with that opinion. I appreciate the fact that they may be trying to think outside the box, but they need to come up with something else.”

Despite that, Immelman says he has no objections to a female version of the Presidents Cup. “The International team would probably dominate,” he added.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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