The PGA Cup is a men's golf competition for club professionals played between a Great Britain and Ireland team and a United States team. The winning team is presented with the Llandudno Trophy. The competition is run by the British PGA and the PGA of America. It was first played in 1973 and was an annual event until 1984, after which it became biennial.[1]

Tournament information
Location2019: Austin, Texas, US
Course(s)2019: Barton Creek Resort
FormatMatch play
Month playedSeptember
Current champion
United States (2019)

The 2019 PGA Cup, the 29th contest, was held on the Fazio Foothills course at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas from 27 to 29 September and was won by the United States by a score of 14 to 12, their first outright victory since 2011.[2] The 2022 event will be held at the Foxhills Club in Surrey, England, the second time that the course has been chosen to host the event.[3]


The first two contests, at Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1973 and 1974, were contested for the Diamondhead Cup. Diamondhead Corp. was the owner of Pinehurst and sponsored the event. From 1975, the event was organised by the two PGAs and became known as the PGA Cup.[4]

In 1990 the event was opened up to the golfers from continental Europe[5] but from 1996 the British PGA team was again restricted to players from Great Britain and Ireland.


The trophy was first used for the Llandudno International Golf Trophy contested by the leading professionals from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The first tournament was held in September 1938 and Llandudno council presented a silver trophy to the P.G.A. for the winning team. Percy Alliss, the captain of the winning English team, took possession of the trophy. It was intended that the tournament would be the first of a series of matches but the Second World War interrupted these plans and the contests were not restarted after the war. During Alliss's later years, the trophy was returned to the P.G.A. and was then used as the trophy for the PGA Cup.[6][7]


The event is contested by teams of ten players over three days, with four foursomes and four fourball matches on each of the first two days, and ten singles matches on the final day. All matches are over 18 holes.

The format of the PGA Cup has changed over the years. In 1973 and 1974 it was a two-day competition but in 1975 the event was expanded to three days. In the initial format only 8 of the 9 players contested the singles but from 1977 the whole team play in this session. From 1980 both foursomes and fourballs have been played on the first two days. The team size was increased from 9 to 10 in 1988 and the format has been unchanged since then, the only variation being the order of the foursomes or fourballs on the first two days.

Year Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon
1973–74 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 8 singles 16
1975–76 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 8 singles 16
1977–79 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 9 singles 17
1980 3 fourballs 3 foursomes 3 fourballs 3 foursomes 9 singles 21
1981–84 3 foursomes 3 fourballs 3 fourballs 3 foursomes 9 singles 21
1986 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 fourballs 4 foursomes 9 singles 25
1988–2005 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 10 singles 26
2007–date 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 10 singles 26
or or
4 fourballs 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 foursomes


Year Winners Score Host
Venue USA
2019 USA 14–12 USA Barton Creek Resort, Texas Derek Sprague Cameron Clark
2017 GB&I 16–10 England Foxhills Club & Resort Paul K. Levy Albert MacKenzie
2015 GB&I 13½–12½ USA CordeValle, California Allen Wronowski Jon Bevan
2013 Tied 13–13 England Slaley Hall Allen Wronowski Russell Weir
2011 USA 17½–8½ USA CordeValle, California Jim Remy Russell Weir
2009 USA 17½–8½ Scotland The Carrick on Loch Lomond Brian Whitcomb Gary Alliss
2007 USA 13½–12½ USA Reynolds Plantation, Georgia Roger Warren Gary Alliss
2005 GB&I 15–11 Ireland K Club M.G. Orender Jim Farmer
2003 USA 19–7 USA PGA Golf Club, Port St Lucie, Florida Jack Connelly
and Will Mann
David Jones
2000 USA 13½–12½ Wales Celtic Manor Ken Lindsay David Llewellyn
1998 USA 17–9 USA Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Tom Addis III Craig Defoy
1996 Tied 13–13 Scotland Gleneagles Gary Schaal Craig Defoy
1994 USA 15–11 USA PGA National, Florida Dick Smith Mike Ingham
1992 USA 15–11 Ireland K Club Patrick J. Rielly Paul Leonard
1990 USA 19–7 USA Turtle Point GC, South Carolina James Ray Carpenter Richard Bradbeer
1988 USA 15½–10½ England The Belfry Mickey Powell David Huish
1986 USA 16–9 USA Knollwood, Illinois Mark Kizziar Derek Nash
1984 GB&I 12½–8½ Scotland Turnberry Joe Black Keith Hockey
1983 GB&I 14½–6½ Scotland Muirfield Joe Black Keith Hockey
1982 USA 13½–7½ USA Holston Hills, Tennessee Don Padgett David Jones
1981 Tied 10½–10½ USA Turnberry Isle, Florida Joe Black Doug Smith
1980 USA 15–6 USA Oak Tree, Oklahoma Don Padgett David Talbot
1979 GB&I 12½–4½ Isle of Man Castletown Don Padgett Bill Watson
1978 GB&I 10½–6½ England St Mellion Henry Poe Tommy Horton
1977 Tied 8½–8½ USA Mission Hills, California Henry Poe Jack Hargreaves
1976 USA 9½–6½ England Moortown Frank Cardi George Will
1975 USA 9½–6½ England Hillside Don Padgett Christy O'Connor Snr
1974 USA 11½–4½ USA Pinehurst, North Carolina Henry Poe Brian Hutchinson
1973 USA 13–3 USA Pinehurst, North Carolina William Clarke Tom Haliburton

United States have won 18 times, Great Britain & Ireland 7 times with 4 ties.

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  1. ^ "PGA Cup". Professional Golfers' Association (Great Britain and Ireland). Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ Kelly, Todd (29 September 2019). "U.S. storms back to beat Great Britain & Ireland in PGA Cup". Golfweek USA Today. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Foxhills earns its PGA Cup call-up again for 2021". Golf365. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Local man is golf guru".
  5. ^ "Golf opening". The Times. 20 February 1990. p. 42.
  6. ^ Peter Fry. "Llandudno International Golf Trophy" (PDF). Through the Green. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Llandudno International Trophy". Professional Golfers' Association (Great Britain and Ireland). Retrieved 3 November 2014.

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