Melbourne to host World Cup, Presidents Cup
A return of two of the biggest events in recent Australian golf history was announced during the recently completed Presidents Cup in Korea.
Australian PGA CEO Brian Thorburn was among the dignitaries who joined PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem in announcing Melbourne had won the right to host The Presidents Cup in 2019 and the World Cup of Golf next year.
Jason Day and Adam Scott, winners of the 2013 World Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The Presidents Cup was previously held in Melbourne in 1998 and 2011 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, while the World Cup of Golf was staged at the same course in 2013.
“We are elated to partner with the state of Victoria and bring The Presidents Cup and World Cup of Golf back to Australia,” Finchem said.
“Australia is home to some of the best golfers on the PGA TOUR – not to mention some of the world’s most passionate fans – and we know Victoria will stage wonderful events for the competitors, as well as fans visiting and watching around the globe.”
“The success of the recent 2011 Presidents Cup and 2013 World Cup of Golf has reinforced Victoria’s stature as a global golf destination and make the area a perfect choice to welcome these esteemed competitions back within the next four years.”
The venues for both events are still to be named but the World Cup is expected to be scheduled in mid-to-late November 2016 and The Presidents Cup in November 2019.
It would be unfathomable to think Royal Melbourne will not play host to at least one, if not both events, given the regard the course is held in globally; not to mention the ease with which the club can absorb the huge spectator traffic, parking, corporate and television considerations that accompany events of this scale.
However, Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, Victoria or even a Huntingdale are other world class options available on the Melbourne sand belt that will come into consideration.
The Australian pairing of Jason Day and then Masters champion and soon-to-be world number one Adam Scott ran the tables at the 2013 World Cup, with Day winning the Individual title and the teams event for Australia with Scott. Understandably, both players were delighted with the announcement.
“I’m very, very happy that we’re returning to Melbourne, where I won the World Cup,” Day said, “Whether we play at Royal Melbourne or some other golf course, I just like playing that sort of golf, and being back in front of the home crowd will be fantastic.”
“And for up and coming players from Australia, they have something to shoot for – that goal of getting on that Presidents Cup team and playing in their home country.”
“It’s exciting news, anytime Australia gets big events” echoed Scott, “Obviously with the World Cup going back and Jason and I having won it the last time it was played in Melbourne, I look forward to hopefully playing again and the same for The Presidents Cup.”
“These events coming back will keep inspiring another generation of Australian players, and for all the fans in the country to get the chance to see the best players from around the world is really thrilling.”
“Melbourne is a great city for hosting events of this magnitude.”