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The 1998 Presidents Cup was held 11–13 December in Australia at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Black Rock, Victoria, a suburb southeast of Melbourne. The International team won the competition by a margin of 20½–11½. This was the first time the International team won the competition, and through 2017, is their sole victory. The honorary chairman was Australian Prime Minister John Howard. It was the third Presidents Cup competition and the first held outside the United States. The competition returned to Royal Melbourne in 2011.

1998 Presidents Cup
Dates11–13 December 1998
VenueRoyal Melbourne Golf Club
LocationBlack Rock, Victoria, Australia
Captains
International 20½ 11½ USA
The International team wins the Presidents Cup
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Location in Australia
Royal Melbourne Golf Club is located in Victoria
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Location in Victoria
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Location in greater Melbourne

Contents

FormatEdit

Both teams had 12 players plus a non-playing captain. On the first and second day foursomes were played in the morning and four-ball was played in the afternoon. On the third day only singles were played.

TeamsEdit

Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki, who was aged 51, decided not to play in the event. He finished fourth in the International team rankings. This meant that his brother, Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki, who finished 11th in the rankings, made the team automatically. Hal Sutton finished 8th in the United States rankings but withdrew in early December following the death of his father-in-law. He was replaced by Lee Janzen who was the highest ranked player not already in the team.

International team
Player Country Age Points
rank
OWGR Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Peter Thomson   Australia 69 Non-playing captain
Wayne Grady   Australia 41 Non-playing assistant captain
Ernie Els   South Africa 29 1 5 1 5 3–1–1 70.00
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 41 2 6 2 9 2–5–2 33.33
Vijay Singh   Fiji 35 3 9 2 10 5–4–1 55.00
Greg Norman   Australia 43 5 18 1 5 3–2–0 60.00
Steve Elkington   Australia 36 6 16 2 10 5–4–1 55.00
Stuart Appleby   Australia 27 7 33 0 Rookie
Carlos Franco   Paraguay 33 8 39 0 Rookie
Shigeki Maruyama   Japan 29 9 43 0 Rookie
Craig Parry   Australia 32 10 53 2 8 3–5–0 37.50
Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki   Japan 42 11 55 0 Rookie
Frank Nobilo   New Zealand 38 13 60 2 10 3–6–1 35.00
Greg Turner   New Zealand 35 15 62 0 Rookie
  United States team
Player Age Points
rank
OWGR Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Jack Nicklaus 58 Non-playing captain
Jack Nicklaus II 37 Non-playing assistant captain
David Duval 27 1 3 1 4 4–0–0 100.00
Tiger Woods 22 2 1 0 Rookie
Jim Furyk 28 3 12 0 Rookie
Justin Leonard 26 4 15 1 4 1–3–0 25.00
Phil Mickelson 28 5 10 2 9 3–3–3 50.00
Davis Love III 34 6 4 2 10 7–2–1 75.00
Mark O'Meara 41 7 2 1 5 5–0–0 100.00
Scott Hoch 43 9 20 2 8 5–2–1 68.75
Mark Calcavecchia 38 10 21 0 Rookie
Fred Couples 39 11 11 2 7 6–1–0 85.71
John Huston 37 12 29 1 4 1–3–0 25.00
Lee Janzen 34 13 23 0 Rookie
  • OWGR as of 6 December 1998, the last ranking before the Cup

Friday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

International Results United States
Nobilo/Turner 1 up O'Meara/Duval
Norman/Elkington 2 up Furyk/Huston
Maruyama/Parry 3 & 2 Janzen/Hoch
Els/Singh 5 & 4 Woods/Couples
Appleby/Price halved Love/Leonard
Foursomes
Overall

Afternoon four-ballEdit

International Results United States
Norman/Elkington 2 & 1 O'Meara/Furyk
Maruyama/Ozaki 4 & 3 Calcavecchia/Huston
Els/Price halved Duval/Mickelson
Parry/Franco 1 up Couples/Love
Appleby/Singh 2 & 1 Leonard/Woods
Four-Ball
7 Overall 3

Saturday's matchesEdit

Morning foursomesEdit

International Results United States
Nobilo/Turner 2 up Leonard/Love
Norman/Elkington halved Janzen/Calcavecchia
Maruyama/Parry 1 up Woods/Couples
Appleby/Price 1 up Duval/Mickelson
Els/Singh 6 & 4 Hoch/Furyk
Foursomes ½
11½ Overall

Afternoon four-ballEdit

International Results United States
Nobilo/Turner 1 up O'Meara/Hoch
Els/Singh 1 up Woods/Huston
Maruyama/Ozaki 1 up Duval/Mickelson
Price/Franco 3 & 2 Janzen/Calcavecchia
Norman/Elkington 2 & 1 Couples/Love
3 Four-Ball 2
14½ Overall

Sunday's matchesEdit

SinglesEdit

International Results United States
Parry 5 & 3 Leonard
Price 2 & 1 Duval
Nobilo 4 & 2 Furyk
Franco halved Mickelson
Maruyama 3 & 2 Huston
Ozaki 4 & 3 Hoch
Turner halved Calcavecchia
Elkington halved Janzen
Els 1 up Love
Singh halved Couples
Norman 1 up Woods
Appleby 1 up O'Meara
6 Singles 6
20½ Overall 11½

Individual player recordsEdit

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.

InternationalEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Stuart Appleby 2.5 2–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 1–0–0
Steve Elkington 4 3–0–2 0–0–1 1–0–1 2–0–0
Ernie Els 3.5 3–1–1 1–0–0 1–1–0 1–0–1
Carlos Franco 0.5 0–2–1 0–0–1 0–0–0 0–2–0
Shigeki Maruyama 5 5–0–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 2–0–0
Frank Nobilo 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Greg Norman 3.5 3–1–1 0–1–0 1–0–1 2–0–0
Naomichi Ozaki 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 2–0–0
Craig Parry 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Nick Price 3 2–1–2 1–0–0 1–0–1 0–1–1
Vijay Singh 3.5 3–1–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 2–0–0
Greg Turner 2.5 2–1–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 0–1–0

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Mark Calcavecchia 2 1–1–2 0–0–1 0–0–1 1–1–0
Fred Couples 2.5 2–2–1 0–0–1 1–1–0 1–1–0
David Duval 0.5 0–4–1 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–1
Jim Furyk 1 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Scott Hoch 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
John Huston 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Lee Janzen 2 1–1–2 0–0–1 0–1–1 1–0–0
Justin Leonard 0.5 0–3–1 0–1–0 0–1–1 0–1–0
Davis Love III 1.5 1–3–1 0–1–0 0–1–1 1–1–0
Phil Mickelson 1 0–2–2 0–0–1 0–1–0 0–1–1
Mark O'Meara 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Tiger Woods 2 2–3–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–2–0

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