Presidents Cup

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Presidents Cup
Tournament information
Location 2019: Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
Established 1994
Course(s)2019: Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Match play
Month playedSeptember/October/November/December
Current champion
United States
Golf current event.svg 2019 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 United States in a similar but considerably older event, the Ryder Cup.


The Presidents Cup has been held biennially since 1994. [1] 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 was then held in odd-numbered years. It reverted to even-number years following the postponement of the 2020 Ryder Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [2] It is hosted alternately in the United States and in countries represented by the International Team.

The next Presidents Cup will be held from September 19–25, 2022 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. [3]


The scoring system of the event is match play. The format is drawn from the Ryder Cup and consists of 12 players per side. Each team has a captain, usually a highly respected golf figure, who is responsible for choosing the pairs in the doubles events, which consist of both alternate shot and best ball formats (also known as "foursome" and "fourball" matches respectively). Each match, whether it be a doubles or singles match, is worth one point with a half-point awarded to each team in the event of a halved match.

There have been frequent small changes to the format, although the final day has always consisted of 12 singles matches. The contest was extended from three days to four in 2000. In 2015, there were nine foursome doubles matches, nine fourball doubles matches, and 12 singles matches. With a total of 30 points, a team needed to get 15.5 points to win the Cup.

YearDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Total
1994–19965 fourballs5 foursomes5 fourballs5 foursomes12 singles32
19985 foursomes5 fourballs5 foursomes5 fourballs12 singles32
20005 foursomes5 fourballs5 foursomes5 fourballs12 singles32
20036 foursomes5 fourballs5 foursomes6 fourballs12 singles34
2005–20116 foursomes6 fourballs5 foursomes5 fourballs12 singles34
20136 fourballs6 foursomes5 fourballs5 foursomes12 singles34
2015–20175 foursomes5 fourballs4 foursomes4 fourballs12 singles30
20195 fourballs5 foursomes4 fourballs4 foursomes12 singles30


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 the captains, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, agreed that the Cup would be shared by both teams. [4]

From 2005 to 2013, singles matches ending level at the end of the regulation 18 holes were to be extended to extra holes until the match was won outright. All singles matches would continue in this format until one team reaches the required point total to win the Presidents Cup. [5] Remaining singles matches were only to be played to the regulation 18 holes and could be halved. [6] Although this rule was in force for five Presidents Cup contests, no matches actually went beyond 18 holes.


Presidents Cup The Presidents Cup golf trophy.jpg
Presidents Cup

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

Each contest has an Honorary Chairman.

1994 Flag of the United States.svg Gerald Ford 38th President of the United States
1996 Flag of the United States.svg George H. W. Bush 41st President of the United States
1998 Flag of Australia (converted).svg John Howard 25th Prime Minister of Australia
2000 Flag of the United States.svg Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States
2003 Flag of South Africa.svg Thabo Mbeki 2nd President of South Africa
2005 Flag of the United States.svg George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States
2007 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Stephen Harper 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
2009 Flag of the United States.svg Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
2011 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Julia Gillard 27th Prime Minister of Australia
2013 Flag of the United States.svg Barack Obama 44th President of the United States
2015 Flag of South Korea.svg Park Geun-hye 11th President of South Korea
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Donald Trump 45th President of the United States
2019 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Scott Morrison 30th Prime Minister of Australia


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 ten Presidents Cups raised over US$32 million for charities around the world. [7]


YearVenueLocationWinning teamScoreU.S. CaptainInternational Captain
2019 Royal Melbourne Golf Club (3) Melbourne, Australia United States16–14 Tiger Woods Flag of South Africa.svg   Ernie Els
2017 Liberty National Golf Club Jersey City, New Jersey United States19–11 Steve Stricker Flag of Zimbabwe.svg   Nick Price (3)
2015 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea Incheon, South Korea United States15½–14½ Jay Haas Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Nick Price (2)
2013 Muirfield Village Dublin, Ohio United States18½–15½ Fred Couples (3) Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Nick Price
2011 Royal Melbourne Golf Club (2) Melbourne, Australia United States19–15Fred Couples (2) Flag of Australia (converted).svg   Greg Norman (2)
2009 Harding Park Golf Club San Francisco, California United States19½–14½Fred Couples Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Greg Norman
2007 Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Canada United States19½–14½ Jack Nicklaus (4) Flag of South Africa.svg   Gary Player (3)
2005 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (4) Gainesville, Virginia United States18½–15½Jack Nicklaus (3) Flag of South Africa.svg  Gary Player (2)
2003 Fancourt Hotel and Country Club George, Western Cape, South Africa Tied17–17Jack Nicklaus (2) Flag of South Africa.svg  Gary Player
2000 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (3)Gainesville, VirginiaUnited States21½–10½ Ken Venturi Flag of Australia (converted).svg   Peter Thomson (3)
1998 Royal Melbourne Golf Club Melbourne, Australia International Team20½–11½Jack Nicklaus Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Thomson (2)
1996 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (2)Gainesville, VirginiaUnited States16½–15½ Arnold Palmer Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Thomson
1994 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club Gainesville, VirginiaUnited States20–12 Hale Irwin Flag of Australia (converted).svg   David Graham

Of the 13 matches, the United States team has won 11, the International Team has won 1, with 1 match tied.

Future venues


Sources [11] [12]

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