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

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

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Lately, 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 shall be upended twice. First, he’ll lead the worldwide crew into the 2022 Presidents Cup, a accountability that spanned three years and a number of other thousand hours of focus and exhausting work. Then, in early 2023, he’ll make his debut as the most recent chief golf analyst on CBS Sports activities, succeeding Nick Faldo 16 years later because the talkative man Jim Nantz.

Earlier than the chaos broke out, Emmelman discovered a while to share some ideas on the rocket ship that marks his profession after taking part in and the goosebumps which have not too long ago turn into unshakable.

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golf: You have been getting ready for the Presidents Cup for what looks like an eternity. Now that you just’re lastly right here, are you able to say you loved the method and setup?

Trevor Immelman: It was a lot enjoyable. You realize, we had an additional yr as a result of issues bought postponed because of covid. my spouse [Carminita] And I made a decision we might use that further yr for the crew. We needed to construct French– To discover a approach to advance our new efforts [International team] Emblem there in as some ways as potential. It has been enjoyable with the gamers too – spending loads 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 crew?

TI: I’ve to tip my hat to Ernie Els. That is one of many issues he determined he needed to vary earlier than the 2019 Presidents Cup. He went out and designed a emblem – the crew 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 crew we play for the defend. It might appear foolish to Individuals, since you’ve at all times been a surprisingly patriotic, however for us to come back collectively below one banner and play for a similar factor, it means so much. To see folks come ahead with a global crew emblem on a daily 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 aspect to their finest efficiency in years, in 2019. What large lesson have you ever realized working as his assistant at Royal Melbourne?

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

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

TI: LIV has been robust, 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 have to decide on what’s finest for them and their future. You might have gamers who’ve left, and I completely respect that. However on the opposite aspect, there are gamers who’ve determined to remain. Personally, because the captain of the Worldwide Event, the 12 who offered in Charlotte, these are the 12 who needed to be there, and these are the 12 who I wish to be there.

g: What do you hope your legacy shall be on this crew?

TI: Our plan is, Let’s examine if we are able to construct one thing– Not solely with this Presidents Cup however with the longer term Presidents Cup. Let’s really win this rattling factor. That is the purpose.

g: Off the observe, 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 distinguished function on golf tv?

TI: I did – and I hope it does not are available in an overbearing method. Once I began working in TV in 2017 and realized how a lot I loved it, I knew it could positively be my subsequent profession. I spotted I used to be in every part from that second on. To observe within the footsteps of my hero, Sir Nick, and folks 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 yr.

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

TI: [Laughs] I did not even know I used to be doing an interview, which might be an excellent 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 does 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 exhausting at it. For some motive, Sean and his crew 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’ve got circled on the calendar and may’t wait to air?

TI: I simply bought 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 will even deliver up Genesis. I’ve at all times cherished the Riviera. These things is so cool, typically I am unable to imagine it is occurring.

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

TI: put properly. [Laughs] significantly. This actually is.

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James Colgan is an affiliate editor at GOLF, contributing tales to the location and journal. Sizzling 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 sensible looper) in Lengthy Island, the place he belongs. He may be reached at