Captain's PickJanuary 28, 2020

The story behind the gift Tiger Woods gave to each member of his winning Presidents Cup team

The boomerang-inspired gift that won't get returned

It's customary at golf's team events for captains to give a gift to players to remember the event by. Typically it is a custom-made item that highlights the tournament course or region. For the 2019 Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour worked with the creative minds at Seamus Golf to design an Australian-themed keepsake for Tiger Woods to give to the team. Sources say that Woods requested a boomerang-inspired gift. Seamus took it from there to create a one-of-a-kind steel-mounted boomerang with a hidden bottle opener on the back.

The boomerang has the Presidents Cup logo hammered in the middle and wood-carved flag design elements on either wing—USA on the left and Australia on the right. The base of the figure is in the shape of Australia with a bronze plate on it inscribed with the course name, Royal Melbourne Golf Club, and the year of the matches, 2019.

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The gifts were shipped to each player this month, but they were given a sneak peek last month in Melbourne. Word has it that the original boomerang presented to the team in Australia came in a special-designed box that, when opened, played the song "Down Under" by Men at Work, getting the lyrics "Do you come from a land down under?" stuck in everyone's heads (including ours) almost instantly.

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