ON the eve of The Presidents Cup 2011, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the next international venue for the event will be the Republic of Korea.
While the specific site is yet to be determined, The Presidents Cup will make its first trip to Asia in 2015. Commissioner Finchem was joined by K.J. Choi, K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang for today’s announcement. The three South Koreans are part of Greg Norman’s International Team for this year’s Presidents Cup, marking the first time more than one South Korean is competing on the International Team in event history.
Royal Melbourne Golf Club is hosting the event this week for the second time. It was first staged here in 1998 and in two years it will return to the US.
The other previous international venues for The Presidents Cup were The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa, in 2003 and Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2007.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Va., hosted The Presidents Cup in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2005, and TPC Harding Park in San Francisco was the site in 2009. Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, will host the Cup in 2013.
“We are delighted to be taking The Presidents Cup to South Korea in 2015,” said Finchem. “The growth of the game in Asia is well documented, and the fact that we have three South Korean players on the International Presidents Cup Team this year illustrates the strength of golf in that country – which is only going to get stronger in the next four years. Each Presidents Cup has been bigger and better than the one before, and I’m confident South Korea will serve as the perfect stage for the event when it enters its 21st year.”