Presidents Cup returning to Australia in 2019
Tournament officials have announced that the Presidents Cup will once again return to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club when the event takes centre stage in 2019. The return to Victoria will mark the third time in the biennial event’s 25-year history.
The Presidents Cup was previously held in Melbourne in 1998 and 2011, also at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. No other international venue has hosted a Presidents Cup more than once.
Tiger Woods is all smiles following the USA’s 2011 Presidents Cup victory at Royal Melbourne (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Melbourne also holds the distinction as the site of the lone International Team’s victory in 1998, which saw Peter Thomson’s International Team defeat Jack Nicklaus’ US Team 20½ to 11½. In 2011, Fred Couples led the US Team to a 19-15 win over Greg Norman and the Internationals.
“We’re thrilled to once again be returning to the prestigious and storied Royal Melbourne Golf Club,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Our history there speaks volumes about not only the course and its ability to host world-class competitions, but also the surrounding area in Melbourne as a destination for our fans and players.”
“With so many great courses in the Sandbelt, we were not short on choice when it came to selecting a championship-tested venue. Returning to such a storied course for this event, especially as both teams have been victorious there, is a special privilege and sets both teams up for an even playing field to break the tie.”
The oldest golf club in Australia, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club was founded in 1891 and moved to its current location in 1926, becoming the anchor of what is now known as the Sandbelt.
The gem of Australian golf, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club has two courses, both ranked in the World’s Top 100, and designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie.
In 1959, in order to host the first of many international tournaments, 12 holes of the West Course and six from the East Course were combined to create what is known as the Composite Course, which also hosted the 2013 World Cup of Golf, won by Jason Day and Adam Scott.
For more information visit www.presidentscup.com. Dates for the 2019 event will be announced at a later time.