Arnold Palmer Cup

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Arnold Palmer Cup
Tournament information
Location 2017: Johns Creek, Georgia
Established 1997
Course(s) 2017: Atlanta Athletic Club
Format Match play
Month played June (2017)
Current champion
USA (2017)
2017 Arnold Palmer Cup

The Arnold Palmer Cup is an annual team golf competition between American college golfers and European college/university golfers. Until 2016, it was known as the Palmer Cup. The teams are selected on the basis of nationality, not according to the location of the players' universities. Many of the European players attend American universities as sports scholarships have never been a feature of the university system in Europe. From 1997 to 2002 the United States played Great Britain & Ireland rather than the whole of Europe. Originally contested between eight-man teams, the rosters expanded to ten per side in 2013.

The current format consists of five four-ball matches, five foursome matches, and two sets of ten singles matches for 30 points overall.

From 2018 there will be two major changes. The teams will be mixed-sex and will consist of 12 men and 12 women. In addition the Europe team will be replaced by an International team covering all players with citizenship outside the United States.[1]


Year Winner Margin Venue Location
2017  United States 19½–10½ Atlanta Athletic Club Georgia
2016  Europe 18½–11½ Formby Golf Club England
2015  United States 18–12 Rich Harvest Farms Illinois
2014  Europe 18½–11½ Walton Heath Golf Club England
2013  United States 20½–9½ Wilmington Country Club Delaware
2012  Europe 13½–10½ Royal County Down Golf Club Northern Ireland
2011  United States 13–11 The Stanwich Club Connecticut
2010  United States 13–11 Royal Portrush Golf Club Northern Ireland
2009  Europe 13–11 Cherry Hills Country Club Colorado
2008  Europe 14–10 Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links Scotland
2007  United States 18–6 Caves Valley Golf Club Maryland
2006  Europe 19½–4½ Prestwick Golf Club Scotland
2005  United States 14–10 Whistling Straits, Irish Course Wisconsin
2004  Europe 14½–9½ Ballybunion Golf Club Ireland
2003  Europe 14–10 Kiawah Island Club, Cassique Course South Carolina
2002  United States 15½–8½ Doonbeg Golf Club Ireland
2001  United States 18–6 Baltusrol Golf Club New Jersey
2000  Great Britain &  Ireland 12½–11½ Royal Liverpool Golf Club England
1999  United States 17½–6½ Honors Course Tennessee
1998 Tied 12–12 Old Course and New Course Scotland
1997  United States 19–5 Bay Hill Club and Lodge Florida

Of the 21 matches, the United States team has won 11, the European/Great Britain and Ireland team has won 9, with 1 match tied.

Future sites[edit]

Michael Carter award[edit]

The Michael Carter Award was inaugurated in 2002. On February 13, 2002, former Penn State University golfer Michael Carter died in an automobile accident at the age of 19. "The Michael Carter “Junior” Memorial Award is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant from each team who best represents the qualities and ideals that made this young man unique."[5]

Former participants[edit]

The following competitors have subsequently played in either the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup: Ben Curtis, Luke Donald (2), Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover (2), Bill Haas (2), J. J. Henry, J. B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar (2), Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell (2), Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Oliver Wilson (3).

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