Huge crowds, little trouble at Presidents Cup

Organizers of the Presidents Cup estimate the event drew 26,000 fans to San Francisco’s Harding Park Golf Course on both Saturday and Sunday.

The crowd numbered 25,000 on both Thursday and Friday, as the event sold out all tickets for its four days of game play, Presidents Cup Executive Director Tom Clark said Monday.

Tuesday and Wednesday, which were practice days for the players, drew 12-15,000 spectators each day.

“We could have sold more for those two days, but we’re happy with that,” Clark said.

The event drew rave reviews from players, Clark said.

“(Fred) Couples, the captain of the U.S. Team, said it the best tournament he’s ever been associated with,” Clark said.  “It’s one of the best events we’ve ever put on.”

Couples and his team scored an overwhelming victory Sunday over the International team.

On Saturday, two spectators were arrested for being drunk in public, San Francisco police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said. Two other people, representing an anti-war group, were taken into custody briefly after trespassing onto the course with political signs, Williams said.

Clark said he was unaware of the protesters.

Spectators abided by the cell phone prohibition with minimal grumbling, according to organizers.

“Some of them forgot the rules and brought their phones, but we checked them for them,” Clark said.

 
 

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