How Trevor Immelman Builds a Presidents Cup ‘Franchise’ and Becomes One

Trevor Immelman, defend defender and captain of the worldwide group within the Presidents Cup.

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Today, the Trevor Immelman Cup is not simply flowing, it is overflowing. The 2008 Masters Champion is among the busiest gamers in golf, and the uncommon participant with so many miles of journey bred in retirement.

However all that hustle is about to repay. Within the subsequent six months, the 42-year-old’s life will likely be upended twice. First, he’ll lead the worldwide group into the 2022 Presidents Cup, a accountability that spanned three years and several other thousand hours of focus and laborious work. Then, in early 2023, he’ll make his debut as CBS Sports activities’ latest main golf analyst, succeeding Nick Faldo 16 years later as Jim Nantz’s gossip.

Earlier than the chaos broke out, Emmelman discovered a while to share some ideas on the rocket ship that marks his profession after enjoying and the goosebumps which have just lately change into unshakable.

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golf: You’ve got been making ready for the Presidents Cup for what appears like an eternity. Now that you simply’re lastly right here, are you able to say you loved the method and setup?

Trevor Immelman: It was a lot enjoyable. You recognize, we had an additional 12 months as a result of issues received postponed resulting from covid. my spouse [Carminita] And I made a decision we might use that further 12 months for the group. We wished to construct French– To discover a solution to advance our new efforts [International team] Brand there in as some ways as doable. It has been enjoyable with the gamers too – spending a whole lot of time with them and their households, getting collectively after we can. Now it is simply thrilling. After a protracted wait, we lastly reached a time of disaster.

g: How would you describe “franchise”? What’s the id of the worldwide group?

TI: I’ve to tip my hat to Ernie Els. That is one of many issues he determined he wished to alter earlier than the 2019 Presidents Cup. He went out and designed a emblem – the group defend – and when he did, lastly, for the primary time, we had a flag. Our gamers come from all around the world, however after we play for this group we play for the defend. It might appear foolish to Individuals, since you’ve at all times been such a stunning patriot, however for us to come back collectively below one banner and play for a similar factor, it means rather a lot. To see folks come ahead with a world group emblem on an everyday tour cease, that is nice. That was my imaginative and prescient from the beginning.

g: I am glad you introduced up Ernie Els, whom you helped take the worldwide facet to their finest efficiency in years, in 2019. What huge lesson have you ever discovered working as his assistant at Royal Melbourne?

TI: his calmness; The gamers definitely responded to that. We had the youngest group in President’s Cup historical past – seven rookies – and these little guys had been like sponges round it. The truth that there was no panic – I believe the freshmen actually responded to that.

g: These are clearly enjoyable occasions in golf. As a captain, how have you ever walked across the panorama for the previous a number of months?

TI: LIV has been powerful, there isn’t any doubt about it, however there’s not a lot I can do about it. On the finish of the day, these gamers must decide on what’s finest for them and their future. You’ve got gamers who’ve left, and I completely respect that. However on the opposite facet, there are gamers who’ve determined to remain. Personally, because the captain of the Worldwide Match, the 12 who got here up in Charlotte, these are the 12 who wished to be there, and these are the 12 who I wish to be there.

g: What do you hope your legacy will likely be on this group?

TI: Our plan is, Let’s examine if we will construct one thing– Not solely with this Presidents Cup however with the long run Presidents Cup. Let’s truly win this rattling factor. That is the objective.

g: Off the monitor, issues have been fairly busy for you too. In January, she is going to succeed Nick Faldo as CBS’ new chief golf analyst. Have you ever ever seen your self getting such a outstanding position on golf tv?

TI: I did – and I hope it would not are available an overbearing means. After I began working in TV in 2017 and realized how a lot I loved it, I knew it could undoubtedly be my subsequent profession. I spotted I used to be in every little thing from that second on. To observe within the footsteps of my hero, Sir Nick, and other people like Ken Venturi and Lanny Wadkins, it is “pinch me” stuff.

Immelman will succeed Nick Faldo because the CBS Golf Principal Analyst Chair within the new 12 months.

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g: CBS President Sean McManus is a big fan of you. How was the interview course of for essentially the most fascinating jobs at Golf TV?

TI: [Laughs] I did not even know I used to be doing an interview, which might be a very good factor. I believe I’ve had an interview since I began working in TV. I do not say for a second that I do know what works and what would not. I really feel like I am nonetheless very early within the course of and studying as I’m going alongside, however I am working actually laborious at it. For some cause, Sean and his group determined I used to be prepared for this enormous job, and I am so grateful for that.

g: As you look forward, is there an occasion you have circled on the calendar and may’t wait to air?

TI: I simply received goosebumps once I heard you are asking for it. The masters are going to be nice due to my historical past in that match. I may even carry up Genesis. I’ve at all times cherished the Riviera. These things is so cool, generally I can not consider it is occurring.

g: Luckily, the Presidents Cup is proven on NBC, so you can concentrate on a minimum of one job that week. Earlier than I depart you, end this sentence for me: The worldwide group wins the Quail Hole if ____.

TI: put effectively. [Laughs] critically. This actually is.

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James Colgan is an affiliate editor at GOLF, contributing tales to the location and journal. Scorching Mic writes GOLF’s weekly media column, and makes use of his experience in broadcasting throughout social media and the model’s video platforms. James, who graduated in 2019 from Syracuse College — and clearly his golf course — nonetheless thawed 4 years in the past within the snow. Previous to becoming a member of GOLF, James was a scholarship holder (and a wise looper) in Lengthy Island, the place he belongs. He might be reached at