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Golf: Aussie stars welcome return of World Cup, Presidents Cup

Jason Day and Adam Scott, pictured with ISPS founder Dr Handa, won the 2013 World Cup. Photo: Gary Lisbon.

Jason Day and Adam Scott, pictured with ISPS founder Dr Handa, won the 2013 World Cup. Photo: Gary Lisbon.

October 12, 2015: Australian superstars Jason Day and Adam Scott both expressed their excitement that Melbourne will host the World Cup of Golf in November 2016 and The Presidents Cup in November 2019.

 

The venue for both events, which will be played on one of Melbourne’s Sandbelt Golf Courses, will be announced at a later date. Australia has previously hosted the World Cup four times and the Presidents Cup twice.

 

The Royal Melbourne Golf Club hosted the Presidents Cup in 1998 and 2011, with both Day and Scott members of the 2011 International Team, and remains the only venue to host the event more than once.

 

Melbourne hosted the World Cup in 1959, 1972, 1998 and 2013, when Day shot a closing 70 at Royal Melbourne to win the individual tournament and paired with Scott to claim the team prize. 

The event was a 72-hole strokeplay tournament that awarded Official World Golf Ranking points for the first time.

 

“I’m very, very happy that we’re returning to Melbourne, where I won the World Cup,” said Day, who was at the President’s Cup in Korea during the announcement.

 

“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.”

 

Scott, a seven-time Presidents Cup participant, added: “It’s exciting news any time Australia gets big events. 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 International Team’s only outright Presidents Cup victory in 1998, when Peter Thomson’s Internationals defeated Jack Nicklaus’s US Team 20.5-11.5. In 2011, Fred Couples led the US Team to a 19-15 win over Greg Norman’s men.

 

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said: “We are elated to partner with the state of Victoria and bring The Presidents Cup and World Cup of Golf back to Australia.

 

“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.

 

“The success of the recent 2011 Presidents Cup and 2013 World Cup of Golf has reinforced Victoria’s stature as a global golf destination and make the area a perfect choice to welcome these esteemed competitions back within the next four years.”

 

Source: PGA of Australia (www.pga.org.au); Editing by SportAsia

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