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The Presidents Cup Guide

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The Presidents Cup

Every two years, a professional golf competition, the Presidents Cup takes place. It involves a series of matches between an American team against an international team. With the exception of Europe, the international team is made up of professional golfers from all around the world. In a comparable competition called the Ryder Cup, European athletes compete against Americans. The location of the event alternates between the United States and abroad.

The Presidents Cup Format

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Each team has 12 players, in addition to a non-playing captain who is typically a well-known golf personality. The top 10 American athletes with the most FedExCup points after the Deutsche Bank Championship make up the United States team.

With the exception of those qualified for the Ryder Cup European roster, the top 10 international players according to the Official World Golf Ranking following the Deutsche Bank Championship earn a position on the international team. The captain selects the final two players for each side.

Match play is used to play the Presidents Cup, and there are a total of 34 points up for grabs. The competition comprises of a mix of fourball, foursome, and individual matches played over the course of four days. For the fourball and foursome matches, there are no playoffs; instead, the point is divided in half in the event of a tie.

Players will play more holes in singles matches until a winner is established. Following the 2003 Presidents Cup, it was decided that if the teams were still tied after the singles matches, the match would be declared a tie, and the teams would split the Presidents Cup.

Ryder Cup vs Presidents Cup

What the difference between the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup? The difference between Presidents Cup vs Ryder Cup is Europe. The United States competes against Europe in the Ryder Cup. The United States competes in the Presidents Cup against a "International" team, which includes all nations OTHER THAN Europe. Every two years, during non-Ryder Cup years, which 2022 happens to be, the Presidents Cup is played.

History Of the Presidents Cup

Inaugural Presidents Cup

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Photo of 1994 President Cup Teams

On September between 16 and 18, 1994, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia hosted the first Presidents Cup competition. Against the International team, headed by David Graham, the United States squad was led by Hale Irwin to a 20-12 triumph. Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Jim Gallagher Jr., Scott Hoch, Tom Lehman, John Huston, Jeff Maggert, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Loren Roberts, and Corey Pavin made up the first U.S. team.

Steve Elkington, Fulton Allem, Vijay Singh, David Frost, Bradley Hughes, Nick Price, Craig Parry, Frank Nobilo, Robert Allenby, Peter Senior, Mark McNulty, and Tsukasa Watanabe made up the inaugural international team. Gerald Ford served as the inaugural Presidents Cup's honorary chairman.

1996 – First and Only International Team Victory

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Photo of International Team After President Cup 1996 Victory

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia hosted the second Presidents Cup in September 1996. Arnold Palmer, the captain, led the Americans to victory. Peter Thomson served as the captain of the international team. U.S. won the game 16 1/2 to 15 1/2 for the international team.

In December 1998, the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia hosted the Presidents Cup. The International team won the Presidents Cup for the first time with a score of 20.5 - 11.5, taking advantage of having home-field advantage. Jack Nicklaus led the American team, while Peter Thomson once more led the international squad.

2000 - 4-Day Presidents Cup Schedule

In October 2000, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club hosted the fourth Presidents Cup. This was the first Presidents Cup to have the same number of matches on a 4-day schedule as opposed to a 3-day schedule. The American team succeeded in regaining victory and winning the Presidents Cup back. With a score of 25.5 against 10.5, Team U.S. trounced the international team by the widest margin in tournament history.

2003 – The President Cup Shared

Because to the sad events of September 11th, 2001, the Presidents Cup wasn't played until 2003. The Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa, hosted the 2003 Presidents Cup. The United States and the International team were tied at 17 points each after the regulation.

Tiger Woods was chosen by the American team to compete on their behalf in the sudden-death playoff against Ernie Els of the International squad. But owing to the approaching night, U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus and international captain Gary Player chose to conclude in a draw, and the two sides would split the Presidents Cup after three playoff holes.

2005 – United States Dominance

At the 2005 Presidents Cup,Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus led their respective teams once more as captains. With a victory over the International team of 18 1/2 to 15 1/2, the United States team was able to take home the Presidents Cup.

2007 - The Aquaman

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Photo of Woody Austin -'The Aquaman'- During 2007 Presidents Cup

At the Royal Montreal Golf Club in 2007, the United States team, once again led by Jack Nicklaus, defeated Player's International team by a score of 19 12–14 12, marking their first victory at a foreign venue. David Toms scored the most points for the American team during the 2007 Presidents Cup.

Woody Austin earned the moniker "Aquaman" after plunging into the lake while attempting a shot on the 14th hole. Although the International team lost, Canadian golfer Mike Weir enthralled the crowd with a victory at 1-up over Tiger Woods in the singles.

2009 – Successful US Title Defense

At TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California, the 2009 Presidents Cup was held. Since neither of the captains had previously competed in the Presidents Cup, Greg Norman led the International team while Fred Couples led the United States. With a victory of 19 1/2 to 14 1/2, the United States was able to successfully defend their Presidents Cup. The American team won thanks to a point from Tiger Woods.

2011 – Presidents Cup Outside the US Soil

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, once again hosted the Presidents Cup in 2011, making it the first international location to do so. Greg Norman and Fred Couples both came back to lead their teams. Jim Furyk displayed exceptional skill, winning all five of his games.

The U.S. team won the Presidents Cup when Tiger Woods defeated Aaron Baddeley of Australia 4-and-3 in the Sunday singles match. Fred Couples had already accomplished this feat at the 1994 and 1996 President Cups, so Woods joined Couples as the second player to do it. Presidents Cup 2011 ended with a 19 U.S. to 15 International score.

2013 – Tiger Woods Prevails

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Photo of Tiger Woods During 2013 Presidents Cup

The Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, and Presidents Cup were all contested at Muirfield Village Golf Club for the first time in 2013, which was held in Dublin, Ohio. While Fred Couples took over as captain of the United States squad, Nick Price led the International team.

Prior to leading the International team, Price had participated in five Presidents Cup matches as a player. For the third time in a row, Tiger Woods delivered for the American team, securing the victory and becoming the only player in Presidents Cup history to do so. By a margin of 18 1/2 to 15 1/2, the American team prevailed.

2015 – Six Successive International Team Defeats

At the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, the Presidents Cup was first held in Asia in 2015. The International Team's new captain was Nick Price, while Jay Haas was in charge of the American squad. For the sixth time in a row, the United States defeated the International team by one point, 15 1/2 to 14 1/2.

That year, the tournament's format was revised to 5 foursomes and 4 fourball matches on each of the first 2 days, 4 foursome and 4 fourball matches on the 3rd day, and 12 individual matches on the 4th day. Presidents Cup results 2015: on the last hole of the previous match, Bill Haas, the son of U.S. captain Jay Haas, successfully sealed the victory for his country, topping the Presidents Cup 2015 standings.

2017 – Phil Mickelson’s Milestone

Phil Mickelson competed in every Presidents Cup since the event's inception and made his historic twelfth inclusion to the 2017 Presidents Cup team. Steve Stricker, the captain of the United States squad, chose Mickelson.

As the international team captain for the third straight Presidents Cup, Nick Price made a comeback. Going into the last day of individual Presidents Cup matches, the United States team had a commanding lead over the International team and only needed one point to win. After day three, the United States led the International team by a margin of 14 1/2 to 3 1/2.

At the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, Daniel Berger had the privilege of making the shot that gave Team USA the Presidents Cup. In the last matches, the International Team did, however, narrow the margin of victory to 19 -11. Colleges also host President Cup version in IWLCA Presidents Cup.

2019 Presidents Cup

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Photo of USA 2019 President Cup Team

The 13th Presidents Cup golf tournament took place from December 12 to December 15 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria. The competition was previously held at Royal Melbourne in 1998, the year the International team's lone victory occurred, and 2011. It is the only international location where the competition has twice been hosted.

Who won the Presidents Cup 2019? With a 16-14 victory over the opposition, the United States kept the trophy in the 2019 Presidents Cup. They were behind going into the last day's singles matches, but they ended up winning six and tying four.

2022 Presidents Cup

With a final score of 17.5-12.5, the United States Team defeated the International Team in the 2022 Presidents Cup, winning the competition for the tenth time in a row. After Presidents Cup 2022 the next tournament will be in 2024. Make arrangements to buy President Cup tickets in time to get a taste of Presidents Cup golf.

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