2016 World Cup of Golf and 2019 Presidents Cup set for Melbourne

At the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2011 US captain Fred Couples revs up some local fans
At the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2011 US captain Fred Couples revs up some local fans

AUSSIE golf fans will be delighted with the news the World Cup of Golf and the Presidents Cup will both be heading to Melbourne over the next few years.

Both events were most recently played in Australia at Royal Melbourne but the actual venue has not been confirmed.

The events will take place mid to late November with the World Cup scheduled for 2016 and the Presidents Cup in 2019.

Australian PGA CEO Brian Thorburn, US PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and John Eren, Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, jointly announced the news recently.

“Professional golf in Australia continues to produce players who perform best at the highest levels of competition,” Thorburn said.

“The return of The Presidents Cup and World Cup of Golf to Australia is a symbol of the continued growth of golf in Australia and a testament to the quality and success of our players competing around the world.”

The International team’s stirring performance in Korea over the past week in the Presidents Cup did much to breathe new life into that event while Jason Day’s individual win at the 2013 World Cup thrilled local crowds.

“I’m very, very happy that we’re returning to Melbourne, where I won the World Cup,” Day said from Korea.

“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.”

Adam Scott, who won the two person team event with Day, was equally positive about a return.

“It’s exciting news, anytime Australia gets big events” said Scott, a seven-time Presidents Cup participant.

“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.”

Melbourne hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1959, 1972, 1998 and 2013 and the Presidents Cup in 1998 – the only time the Internationals have beaten the US – and 2013.

Said Finchem: “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.”

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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