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

Trevor Immelman, shield defender and captain of the international team in the Presidents Cup.

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These days, Trevor Immelman The cup not only flows, it overflows. The 2008 Masters Champion is one of the busiest players in golf, and the rare player with so many miles of travel bred in retirement.

But all that hustle is about to pay off. In the next six months, the 42-year-old’s life will be upended twice. First, he will lead the international team into the 2022 Presidents Cup, a responsibility that spanned three years and several thousand hours of focus and hard work. Then, in early 2023, he will debut as CBS Sports’ newest leading golf analystsucceeding Nick Faldo After 16 years as the gossip sidekick of Jim Nantz.

Before the chaos broke out, Emmelman found some time to share some thoughts on the rocket ship that marks his career after playing and the goosebumps that have recently become unshakable.


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James Colgan



golf: You’ve been preparing for the Presidents Cup for what feels like an eternity. Now that you’re finally here, can you say you enjoyed the process and setup?

Trevor Immelman: It was so much fun. You know, we had an extra year because things got postponed due to covid. my wife [Carminita] And I decided we’d use that extra year for the team. We wanted to build French– To find a way to advance our new efforts [International team] Logo there in as many ways as possible. It’s been fun with the players too – spending a lot of time with them and their families, getting together when we can. Now it’s just exciting. After a long wait, we finally reached a time of crisis.

g: How would you describe “franchise”? What is the identity of the international team?

TI: I have to tip my hat to Ernie Els. That’s one of the things he decided he wanted to change before the 2019 Presidents Cup. He went out and designed a logo – the team shield – and when he did, finally, for the first time, we had a flag. Our players come from all over the world, but when we play for this team we play for the shield. It may seem silly to Americans, because you’ve always been a surprisingly patriotic, but for us to come together under one banner and play for the same thing, it means a lot. To see people come forward with an international team logo on a regular tour stop, that’s great. That was my vision from the start.

g: I’m glad you brought up Ernie Els, whom you helped take the international side to their best performance in years, in 2019. What big lesson have you learned working as his assistant at Royal Melbourne?

TI: his calmness; The players certainly responded to that. We had the youngest team in President’s Cup history – seven rookies – and these little guys were like sponges around it. The fact that there was no panic – I think the beginners really responded to that.

g: These are clearly fun times in golf. As a captain, how have you walked around the landscape for the past several months?

TI: LIV has been tough, there’s no doubt about it, but there’s not much I can do about it. At the end of the day, these players need to make a decision on what is best for them and their future. You have players who have left, and I totally respect that. But on the other side, there are players who have decided to stay. For my part, as the captain of the International Tournament, the 12 who presented in Charlotte, these are the 12 who wanted to be there, and these are the 12 who I want to be there.

g: What do you hope your legacy will be in this team?

TI: Our plan is, Let’s see if we can build something– Not only with this Presidents Cup but with the future Presidents Cup. Let’s actually win this damn thing. This is the goal.

g: Off the track, things have been pretty busy for you too. In January, she will succeed Nick Faldo as CBS’ new chief golf analyst. Have you ever seen yourself getting such a prominent role on golf television?

TI: I did – and I hope it doesn’t come in an overbearing way. When I started working in TV in 2017 and realized how much I enjoyed it, I knew it would definitely be my next career. I realized I was in everything from that moment on. To follow in the footsteps of my hero, Sir Nick, and people like Ken Venturi and Lanny Wadkins, it’s “pinch me” stuff.

Immelman will succeed Nick Faldo as the CBS Golf Principal Analyst Chair in the new year.

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g: CBS President Sean McManus is a huge fan of you. How was the interview process for the most desirable jobs at Golf TV?

TI: [Laughs] I didn’t even know I was doing an interview, which is probably a good thing. I think I’ve had an interview since I started working in TV. I don’t say for a second that I know what works and what doesn’t. I feel like I’m still very early in the process and learning as I go along, but I’m working really hard at it. For some reason, Sean and his team decided I was ready for this huge job, and I’m so grateful for that.

g: As you look ahead, is there an event you’ve circled on the calendar and can’t wait to air?

TI: I just got goosebumps when I heard you’re asking for it. The masters are going to be great because of my history in that tournament. I will also bring up Genesis. I have always loved the Riviera. This stuff is so cool, sometimes I can’t believe it’s happening.

g: Fortunately, the Presidents Cup is shown on NBC, so you’ll be able to focus on at least one job that week. Before I leave you, finish this sentence for me: The international team wins the Quail Hollow if ____.

TI: put well. [Laughs] seriously. This really is.

James Colgan

Golf.com Editor

James Colgan is an associate editor at GOLF, contributing stories to the site and magazine. Hot Mic writes GOLF’s weekly media column, and uses his expertise in broadcasting across social media and the brand’s video platforms. James, who graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University — and obviously his golf course — still thawed four years ago in the snow. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a scholarship holder (and a smart looper) in Long Island, where he belongs. He can be reached at james.colgan@golf.com.

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