ROYAL Melbourne Golf Club, scene of the stunning International Team victory in 1998, will become the first course outside the US to host the Presidents Cup twice when the event is staged in November next year.
Planning for the prestigious international match play tournament is already underway with the US PGA TOUR today naming IMG as its operations partner.
In an announcement from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the PGA Tour said IMG would work in concert with its Championship Management staff and be responsible for all on-site event operational components for the 2011 Presidents Cup.
IMG owns, operates or manages nearly 40 tournaments around the world including the Australian Masters.
“IMG’s extensive experience in operating tournaments around the world, and specifically in Australia, will be a valuable asset to the TOUR as The Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne Golf Club,” said Matt Kamienski, executive director of The Presidents Cup.
“The Victorian Government and people of Melbourne hosted a first-class event in 1998 and everyone involved looks forward to another exciting event Down Under in (2011).”
“Australia is one of the strongest golf markets in the world and hosting The Presidents Cup again in 2011 will continue to boost the popularity of the sport there,” said Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President for IMG, and Director of IMG Golf’s Asia-Pacific region. “IMG is very pleased to be working with the PGA TOUR, and it is an honor to assist in making the return of this world-class event to Australia a huge success.”
The most recent Presidents Cup was held in October 2009 at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California, where the U.S. Team, lead by Fred Couples, defeated Greg Norman’s International Team, 19-1/2 to 14-1/2.
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won six of the eight previous Presidents Cups, and the only outright win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne.