Presidents Cup

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Presidents Cup
Tournament information
Location 2015: Incheon, South Korea
Established 1994
Course(s) 2015: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play
Current champion
 United States
2015 Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup is a series of men's golf matches between a team representing the United States and an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe. Europe competes against the U.S. in a similar but considerably older event, the Ryder Cup.

The Presidents Cup has been held biennially since 1994. Initially it was held in even numbered years, with the Ryder Cup being held in odd numbered years. However, the cancellation of the 2001 Ryder Cup due to the September 11 attacks pushed both tournaments back a year, and the Presidents Cup is now held in odd numbered years. It is hosted alternately in the U.S. and in countries represented by the International Team.


Presidents Cup

The scoring system of the event is match play. The format is drawn from the Ryder Cup, consisting of 12 players per side and a non-playing captain, usually a highly respected golf figure. The captains are responsible for pairing the teams in the doubles events, which consist of both alternate shot and best ball formats (also known as "foursome" and "fourball" matches respectively). However, unlike the Ryder Cup, all 12 players must play foursome and fourball matches on Thursday and Friday (six matches per session, unlike the Ryder Cup with four matches), and only two players will sit out each session of Saturday matches (five matches per Saturday session, compared to four), and each player must play a one-on-one, singles match on Sunday.

Each match, whether it be a doubles or singles match, is worth one point. In the doubles matches a half-point is awarded to each team in the event of a tie. With 11 foursome doubles matches, 11 fourball doubles matches and 12 singles matches that represents a total of 34 points. To win the Presidents Cup a team must accrue a total of 17.5 points.

The format of the Presidents Cup differs from the Ryder Cup mainly in that it includes six extra matches.


Until the 2005 event, prior to the start of the final day matches, the captains selected one player to play in a tie-breaker in the event of a tie at the end of the final match. Upon a tie, the captains would reveal the players who would play a sudden-death match to determine the winner. In 2003, however, the tiebreaker match ended after three holes because of darkness, and it was decided that the Cup would be shared by both teams.[1]

Beginning in 2005, after Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus agreed because of fading light to call the entire match a tie in South Africa, all doubles matches played Thursday through Saturday may end in a tie. However, on Sunday, all singles matches ending in a tie at the end of the regulation 18 holes will be extended to extra holes until that match is won outright. All singles matches will continue in this format until one team reaches the required 17.5 point total and wins the Cup, or the final tally is even at 17-17 in which case the result is left as a tie.[2] Once a team attains 17.5 points, all remaining singles matches will only be played to the regulation 18 holes and may end in a tie. This is done to preserve the individual player points for the event.[3]


The event was created and is organized by the PGA Tour.

Each contest has an Honorary Chairman. These have been 1994: Gerald Ford, 38th United States President, 1996: George H. W. Bush, 41st United States President, 1998: John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, 2000: Bill Clinton, 42nd United States President, 2003: Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa, 2005: George W. Bush, 43rd United States President, 2007: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, 2009: Barack Obama, 44th United States President, 2011: Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, 2013: Barack Obama, 44th United States President,[4] 2015: Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea.


There is no prize money awarded at the Presidents Cup. The net proceeds are distributed to charities nominated by the players, captains, and captains' assistants. The first nine Presidents Cups raised over US$27 million for charities around the world.[5]


Year Venue Location Winning team Score U.S. Captain International Captain
2015 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea Incheon, South Korea Jay Haas Zimbabwe Nick Price
2013 Muirfield Village Dublin, Ohio United States 18½–15½ Fred Couples Zimbabwe Nick Price
2011 Royal Melbourne Golf Club Melbourne, Australia United States 19–15 Fred Couples Australia Greg Norman
2009 Harding Park Golf Club San Francisco, California United States 19½–14½ Fred Couples Australia Greg Norman
2007 Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Canada United States 19½–14½ Jack Nicklaus South Africa Gary Player
2005 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club Gainesville, Virginia United States 18½–15½ Jack Nicklaus South Africa Gary Player
2003 Fancourt Hotel and Country Club George, Western Cape, South Africa Tied 17–17 Jack Nicklaus South Africa Gary Player
2000 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club Gainesville, Virginia United States 21½–10½ Ken Venturi Australia Peter Thomson
1998 Royal Melbourne Golf Club Melbourne, Australia International 20½–11½ Jack Nicklaus Australia Peter Thomson
1996 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club Gainesville, Virginia United States 16½–15½ Arnold Palmer Australia Peter Thomson
1994 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club Gainesville, Virginia United States 20–12 Hale Irwin Australia David Graham

Of the 10 matches, the United States have won 8, the International team has won 1 with 1 match tied.

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  1. ^ Brennan, Christine (November 23, 2003). "Els-Woods playoff unable to settle Presidents Cup". USA Today. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Presidents Cup – Format". Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Shedloski, Dave. "Presidents Cup primer". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Presidents Cup Fact Sheet". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charity: How the Presidents Cup gives back". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jack Nicklaus GC Korea to host 2015 Presidents Cup". PGA Tour. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Liberty National, PGA Tour to partner". ESPN. Associated Press. August 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Quail Hollow to host 2021 Presidents Cup". PGA Tour. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "TPC Harding Park to host three big events". PGA Tour. July 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Presidents Cup Record Book
  11. ^ Matchup for the ages? Perry at 49, Ishikawa at 18

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