When: September 28 - October 1, 2017
Where: Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey
Format: Team Competition
Purse: No Purse
Defending Champion: United States
TV Coverage: Golf Channel and NBC
For more than three decades, the best players in the world have come together to compete in the prestigious President’s Cup. The event is held every other year and this year’s tournament will be held at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The event gets underway September 28 - October 1, 2017.
The event was created and organized by the PGA Tour in 1994. It’s grown in popularity over the years and is hosted alternately in the United States and in countries represented by the International Team.
This year’s event will be played at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey, in what will be a raucous crowd heavily in favor of the United States team.
The U.S. squad is led by Captain Steve Stricker who will have some talented players at his disposal; Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker are a few that will probably make the team.
The International Team is trying to end almost a 15 year drought and Captain Nick Price should have his best team he’s ever had led by Adam Scott, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama.
The United States team has dominated the event winning nine of the 11 competitions, including the last seven.
The 12th edition of the President’s Cup is less than a month away and the teams are set to do battle. Team USA has had it’s way with the International Team in the past winning nine of the 11 contests.
This year’s tournament will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. The course was designed by Robert E. Cupp and Tom Kite and cost over $250 million to build, making it one of the most expensive designs in history. The layout measures 7,458 yards and plays to a par 71. It previously hosted The Barclays in 2009 and 2013. Continue...
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The Presidents Cup and The Ryder Cup alternate every other year as the top 2 international golf tournaments in the world.
The Ryder Cup is an older and more respected event with a similar format between European players and American players only that takes place on the even numbered years now.
The Presidents Cup was added later to give the other top golfers in the World a chance to compete in this unique and competitive format. The Presidents Cup is played according to the rules of “match play” as opposed to “stroke play”. Each hole counts only as a point.
If the golfers score the same score on a hole, the whole is halved and the golfers continue to the next hole.
The week at the Presidents Cup started with International captain Nick Price saying the future viability of the event hinged on his team finally making this competitive. It ended in the middle of the night back in the United States, with an incredible see-saw singles session that came down to the final hole of the final match.
And the two players in that final match? Sangmoon Bae, the only Korean on the International team, playing in front of the home crowd in what will be his final event before two years of mandatory military service. And Bill Haas, the son of U.S. captain Jay Haas. The USA got the Cup yet again, posting a 15.5 to 14.5 victory.
This event, however got the kind of competitiveness and juice that Price said was so vital some 30 points and matches prior. In the final 90 minutes of singles, the outlook swung from a sure USA win to a probable tie to a likely International win before resting with a third straight halved session and the USA one-point win.
When setting the lineups in these team match play competitions, the top guns are rarely put in the final match because all the points ahead of it often render it meaningless. Bae and Haas aren't two of the biggest names in golf or in this competition, but given the backstory and the setting, it was the perfect finish to a Sunday singles session that would give any Ryder Cup a run.
The President’s Cup has been dominated by U.S. over the International Team and they haven’t had a loss since 1998 with the entire series record 8 wins and only 1 loss and a tie now. The Nick Price coached International Team made a run on Sunday with the individual matchups, but the lead was too much at 14 to 8 going into the singles matches. The final tally was United States 18.5 and International 15.5 in a strange series of events really.
The multiple rain delays had to throw many of the golfers off their game, and they seemed a little twitchy with their stop play finger with multiple days not finished and having to finish rounds early morning before the next format. The Americans did have plenty of fun they say and it was conveyed during the golf tournament at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village throughout the event. They were never really in any danger of losing this event no matter how much credit they give to The International Team.
Tiger Woods was the point that closed out the victory for the U.S. the 3rd straight time as he casually hit his approach on the 18th green and 2 putted for par to beat Richard Sterne 1 up for the win. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley seemed to get along well again and paired up well in the event. Tiger Woods finished with the most points for the U.S. with 4 points, while the International Team had Jason Day and Graham DeLaet tie for their lead with 3.5 points each.
The Americans did what they are used to doing in the The Presidents Cup on odd numbered years, and that is whip some International golfers in a match play tournament similar to the Ryder Cup on International turf.
This was their fourth Cup win in a row, this time at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club located in Melbourne, Australia. The United States strength overcame a first day debacle by Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker getting destroyed by Australia’s Adam Scott and South Korean KJ Choi 7&6, and they were still able to win the day and the tournament.
Stricker and Woods were paired up for this event back in 2009 and led the USA to victory by winning all 4 of their matches in San Francisco when coached by Fred Couples against the International team with Greg Norman as their Captain.
Couples had to endure much criticism from the press and public for his Captain’s pick of Tiger Woods who was out with an injury much of the year. The International Captain Greg Norman even got involved spouting he would have taken Keegan Bradley over Woods who Couples had already called the “best player forever” weeks before this tournament started.
The International team never led after any of the sessions though Geoff Ogilvy, Charl Schwartzel and Ryo Ishikawa put up a good fight trying to stay in the 2011 Presidents Cup. The surprising hero for the Americans was Jim Furyk going 5-0 which has only been done by three other players; Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara and Shigeki Maruyama.
Taking their cuse from laid-back captain Fred Couples was key. Getting an inspirational weekend visit from Amy Mickelson didn't hurt, either.
But having the world's top three players was the difference for the favored U.S. in a 19 1/2-14 1/2 romp in the Presidents Cup. While each American earned at least a 1/2 point, world No. 1 Tiger Woods, No. 2 Phil Mickelson and No. 3 Steve Stricker combined to go 13-1-1 at Harding Park as the USA moved to 6-1-1 against the Internationals.
Woods clinched the victory with a 13th-hole birdie to close out a 6-and-5 thrashing of Y.E. Yang, who came from behind in the final round to top the world No. 1 in the PGA Championship in August.
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