The Presidents Cup Golf Tournament – What You Need to Know
The Presidents Cup began in 1994 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia. It is a team event unlike any other golf tournament surrounding this time of year. The last Presidents Cup was in Incheon, South Korea in 2015. The U.S. team, led by Jay Haas, competed against the International Team led by Nick Price. The tournament takes place every two years, but it skipped three years between 2000 and 2003. Therefore, it is currently held on odd years.
The Presidents Cup takes golf outside of the U.S. and to an international level. Though the sport is usually very individual, the Presidents Cup also builds comradery between players due to the team setup. Each team has twelve players and a non-playing captain who chooses the pairs for the doubles events. The double events consist of alternate shot (“foursome”) and best ball (“fourball”) formats. The day-to-day setups have varied throughout the years, but the last day always consists of twelve singles matches.
Each tournament has an Honorary Chairman. Honorary Chairman in the past have included former Presidents such as Gerald R. Ford and George W. Bush. Former players have included the legendary Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
In 2015, the U.S. Team won. The 2019 Presidents Cup will be played in December, as it will be held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.
The Presidents Cup 2017
This year’s tournament takes place from September 26th (Practice Round) to October 1st at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The U.S. Team includes Dustin Johnson, Jordan Speith, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Kevin Chappell, Phil Mickelson, and Charley Hoffman. It will be imminent for Mickelson to be on the team because the U.S.’s squad is filled with young stars. Therefore, Mickelson will be a veteran player with more experience to handle and assist the younger teammates.
The international team consists of Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Jhonattan Vegas, Si Woo Kim, Adam Hadwin, Anirban Lahiri, and Emiliano Grillo.
This year’s Honorary Chairman is Donald Trump.
For the course itself, Liberty National Golf Club has been critiqued in the past, but it has been altered to dramatize play. The views from the course are spectacular. It hugs the Hudson River for certain holes and shows views of the Statue of Liberty among other Manhattan skyline vistas.
If the U.S. Team wins this year, it will be their 7th straight Presidents Cup win. Many fear that this year’s Presidents Cup will be another lopsided win for the U.S., taking the enjoyment out of good international competition. Before the U.S. team gets too cocky, it’s important to note that the youth of the U.S team might work against them and give the International Team a much-needed advantage.
The Presidents Cup Results
2017: Liberty National Golf Club│Jersey City, NJ
2015: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club│Korea Incheon, South Korea│Winning Team: U.S.
2013: Muirfield Village│Dublin, Ohio│Winning Team: U.S.
2011: Royal Melbourne Golf Club│Melbourne, Australia│Winning Team: U.S.
2009: Harding Park Golf Club│San Francisco, CA│Winning Team: U.S.
2007: Royal Montreal Golf Club│Montreal, Canada│Winning Team: U.S.
2005: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club│Gainesville, Virginia│Winning Team: U.S.
2003: Fancourt Hotel and Country Club│George, Western Cape, South Africa│Winning Team: Tied
2000: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club│Gainesville, Virginia│Winning Team: U.S.
1998: Royal Melbourne Gold Club│Melbourne, Australia│Winning Team: International
1996: Robert Trent Jones Gold Club│Gainesville, Virginia│Winning Team: U.S.
1994: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club│Gainesville, Virginia│Winning Team: U.S.