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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.

Presidents Cup
Location2017: Jersey City, New Jersey
Course(s)2019: Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatMatch play
Month playedSeptember/October/November/December
United States
2019 Presidents 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 is now held in odd numbered years. It is hosted alternately in the United States and in countries represented by the International Team.


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 non-playing 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 a total of 9 foursome doubles matches, 9 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.

Year Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Total
Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon
1994–1996 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 12 singles 32
1998 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 12 singles 32
2000 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 12 singles 32
2003 6 foursomes 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 6 fourballs 12 singles 34
2005–2011 6 foursomes 6 fourballs 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 12 singles 34
2013 6 fourballs 6 foursomes 5 fourballs 5 foursomes 12 singles 34
2015–2017 5 foursomes 5 fourballs 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 12 singles 30


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.[2]

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.[3] Remaining singles matches were only to be played to the regulation 18 holes and could be halved.[4] Although this rule was in force for five Presidents Cup contests, no matches actually went beyond 18 holes.


Presidents Cup

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

Each contest has an Honorary Chairman. These have been 1994: Gerald Ford, 38th United States President, 1996: George H. W. Bush, 41st United States President, 1998: John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, 2000: Bill Clinton, 42nd United States President, 2003: Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa, 2005: George W. Bush, 43rd United States President, 2007: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, 2009: Barack Obama, 44th United States President, 2011: Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, 2013: Barack Obama, 44th United States President,[5] 2015: Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea, 2017: Donald Trump, 45th United States President.


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.[6]


Year Venue Location Winning team Score U.S. Captain International Captain
2019 Royal Melbourne Golf Club (3) Melbourne, Australia Tiger Woods   Ernie Els
2017 Liberty National Golf Club Jersey City, New Jersey United States 19–11 Steve Stricker   Nick Price (3)
2015 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea Incheon, South Korea United States 15½–14½ Jay Haas   Nick Price (2)
2013 Muirfield Village Dublin, Ohio United States 18½–15½ Fred Couples (3)   Nick Price
2011 Royal Melbourne Golf Club (2) Melbourne, Australia United States 19–15 Fred Couples (2)   Greg Norman (2)
2009 Harding Park Golf Club San Francisco, California United States 19½–14½ Fred Couples   Greg Norman
2007 Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Canada United States 19½–14½ Jack Nicklaus (4)   Gary Player (3)
2005 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (4) Gainesville, Virginia United States 18½–15½ Jack Nicklaus (3)   Gary Player (2)
2003 Fancourt Hotel and Country Club George, Western Cape, South Africa Tied 17–17 Jack Nicklaus (2)   Gary Player
2000 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (3) Gainesville, Virginia United States 21½–10½ Ken Venturi   Peter Thomson (3)
1998 Royal Melbourne Golf Club Melbourne, Australia International Team 20½–11½ Jack Nicklaus   Peter Thomson (2)
1996 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club (2) Gainesville, Virginia United States 16½–15½ Arnold Palmer   Peter Thomson
1994 Robert Trent Jones Golf Club Gainesville, Virginia United States 20–12 Hale Irwin   David Graham

Of the 12 matches, the United States team has won 10, the International Team has won 1, with 1 match tied.

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  1. ^ Haggar, Jeff (September 30, 2013). "History of Presidents Cup TV coverage (1994-present)". Classic TV Sports.
  2. ^ Brennan, Christine (November 23, 2003). "Els-Woods playoff unable to settle Presidents Cup". USA Today. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Presidents Cup – Format". Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  4. ^ Shedloski, Dave. "Presidents Cup primer". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on June 22, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Past Results at The Presidents Cup". PGA Tour. December 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Presidents Cup Charity". PGA Tour. December 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "Australia awarded upcoming World Cup, Presidents Cup". PGA Tour. October 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Quail Hollow to host 2021 Presidents Cup". PGA Tour. February 25, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "TPC Harding Park to host three big events". PGA Tour. July 2, 2014.
  10. ^ Presidents Cup Record Book
  11. ^ Matchup for the ages? Perry at 49, Ishikawa at 18

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