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Presidents Cup History & Results

The Presidents Cup is a biennial competition, played in alternating years with the Ryder Cup, that has been contested since 1994.

Two 12-man teams compete in a series of matches over four days to determine the champion. The two teams are the American side and the Internationals, whose 12 players can be pulled from any country that's not the United States or a European nation.

The United States is 10-1-1 in the history of the matches, only losing in 1998 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. The tie also came on foreign soil in 2003 at Fancourt in South Africa, when a playoff between Ernie Els and Tiger Woods for the Presidents Cup was called due to darkness and a tie declared by captains Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

Presidents Cup Format

The Presidents Cup is played over four days, unlike the Ryder Cup, which is played over three. The first day features five matches of match play in either the foursomes, also known as alternate shot, or fourball, also known as best ball, format. The teams compare scores to determine who wins the hole.

On Day 2, a similar schedule follows the Day 1 structure, but with five fourball or foursomes matches, where each player completes the hole individually, with the best score of each pair determining who wins the hole.

The third day has two sessions of four matches, one foursomes and the other fourballs.

The final day features 12 one-on-one matches, with the order determined by both captains in conjunction with each other (unlike the Ryder Cup, which is a blind draw submitted by each captain).

A point is earned for each match won, with the point split between both teams in the event of a tie. A total of 34 points are available, with 17 required for the reigning champion (the United States) to retain the cup and 17.5 points to win the matches outright.

In the event of a tie, all singles matches on Sunday that end in a tie after 18 holes are to continue in sudden death until the matches are won outright and the whole points awarded, leading to a final tie at 17 points or one team winning the cup outright.

Presidents Cup History & Results

Year Course Location US Intl Captains
2019 Royal Melbourne GC Melbourne, AUS 16 14 US - Tiger Woods, INTL - Ernie Els
2017 Liberty National GC Jersey City, NJ 18.5 11.5 US - Steve Stricker, INTL - Nick Price
2015 Jack Nicklaus GC Korea Incheon, South Korea 15.5 14.5 US - Jay Haas, INTL - Nick Price
2013 Muirfield Village GC Dublin, OH 18.5 15.5 US - Fred Couples, INTL - Nick Price
2011 Royal Melbourne GC Melbourne, Australia 19 15 US - Fred Couples, INTL - Greg Norman
2009 Harding Park GC San Francisco, CA 19.5 14.5 US - Fred Couples, INTL - Greg Norman
2007 Royal Montreal GC L'ile-Bizard, Quebec, Canada 19.5 14.5 US - Jack Nicklaus, INTL - Gary Player
2005 Robert Trent Jones GC Gainesville, VA 18.5 15.5 US - Jack Nicklaus, INTL - Gary Player
2003 Fancourt Resort George, S. Africa 17 17 US - Jack Nicklaus, INTL - Gary Player
2000 Robert Trent Jones GC Gainesville, VA 21.5 10.5 US - Ken Venturi, INTL - Peter Thomson
1998 Royal Melbourne GC Melbourne, Australia 11.5 20.5 US - Jack Nicklaus, INTL - Peter Thomson
1996 Robert Trent Jones GC Gainesville, VA 16.5 15.5 US - Arnold Palmer, INTL - Peter Thomson
1994 Robert Trent Jones GC Gainesville, VA 20 12 US - Hale Irwin, INTL - David Graham


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