Melbourne will once again play host to the World Cup of Golf and The Presidents Cup.
Australia will once again play host to two PGA Tour events, with the announcement that Melbourne will host both the 2016 World Cup of Golf and the 2019 Presidents Cup.
Midway through the afternoon fourball round at the Presidents Cup in Korea, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem was joined Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren, to announce the State of Victoria as the host for the World Cup of Golf in 2016 and The Presidents Cup in 2019.
The events will both be played in Melbourne’s famous sandbelt around November in both 2016 and 2019 but exact dates and course location will be announced at a later time.
“The PGA tour and the International Federation of PGA Tours are elated to partner with the State of Victoria and bring The Presidents Cup and World Cup of Golf back to Australia,” 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.”
Some more from the official press release:
Melbourne hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1959, 1972, 1988 and 2013. In 2013, the event was a 72-hole stroke play tournament held at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club when Jason Day shot a final-round 70 to win the individual tournament, and he paired with Adam Scott to claim the team prize. In 2016, the World Cup will return to its original team format.
The Presidents Cup was previously held at in Melbourne in 1998 and 2011, at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (both Day and Scott were members of the 2011 International Team). No other international venue has hosted a Presidents Cup more than once. Melbourne also holds the distinction as the site of the only International Team’s outright victory in 1998, which saw Peter Thomson’s International team defeat Jack Nicklaus’ U.S. Team 20.5 to 11.5. In 2011, Fred Couples led the U.S. Team to a 19-15 win over Greg Norman and the Internationals.