Security Beefed Up Ahead of Presidents Cup

      October 06, 2015 11:02

      The Presidents Cup, a golf tournament between the U.S. and the rest of the world except for Europe, will take place at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from Thursday to Sunday.

      Team strategies matter a lot, so they even try not to bump into each other at the Oakwood Hotel in Incheon where the participants of the Presidents Cup will stay.

      Golfers putt during closed training at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon on Monday, ahead of the opening of the Presidents Cup. /Newsis

      The 37th floor of the hotel would be the only place where players of both teams can interact, as the floor houses four conference rooms, a banquet hall and a fitness center. However, the international team does not use the conference rooms there but instead uses other rooms on other floors in order to discuss strategies in secret.

      An official from the organizing committee said, "The international team uses four floors, and entry to one of them is strictly limited to players, staff, and key officials. They use a separate bedroom to eat together and prepare for the Cup."

      Each participant is an established golfer in their own right, but team work is essential in the Presidents Cup.

      Bae Sang-moon, the only Korean in this year's Presidents Cup, said, "There will be no individual action allowed during the event. Our team's rule is to eat all three meals together."

      American players including world No. 1 Jordan Spieth were also seen moving to the golf course together in a group.

      Oakwood Hotel added an extra layer of security starting Monday, blocking the route to underground parking. The lobby, each floor, and around the main gate are manned 24 hours a day. Four to five security guards were seen patrolling the premise non-stop.

      A staffer at the organizing committee said, "There are about 1,000 security personnel mobilized for the Presidents Cup."

      The U.S. team brought six professional body guards with them, in addition to security personnel provided by the organizers. They carry tear gas guns as the use of firearms is illegal in Korea.

      Some golfers arrived on their private jets, including Australian Adam Scott, who landed in Incheon on Sunday. Phil Mickelson of the U.S. owns a private jet Gulfstream GV, which costs nearly US$60 million (US$1=W1,171). However, due to the long distance between his home and Korea he came on a civil aircraft.

      Hyundai sponsored a total of 67 vehicles for the event -- 29 Genesis, six Santa Fe, 30 Solati, and two coaches. The 15-seater van Solati has not been released in the market, and Hyundai hopes to get indirect market exposure through the sponsorship.

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