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The 2003 Presidents Cup was originally scheduled for November 2002, but was pushed back a year due to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Played at The Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa, that match ended in a tie at the end of regulation play. Thus, Ernie Else of the International Team and Tiger Woods of the U.S. were designated by their teams to participate in a sudden-death playoff. After three playoff holes, as darkness was falling, and in the spirit of competition, captains Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus decided the two teams would share the Cup.
Being played for a fourth time at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, VA, the 2005 Presidents Cup came down to the final hole before Chris DiMarco birdied the 18th hole in Sunday's singles match; defeating Stuart Appleby, and giving the Americans an 18 ? - 15 ? victory.
The U.S. made it five out of seven, by winning the 2007 Presidents Cup at the Royal Montreal Golf Club; the U.S. Team's first international venue victory in 14 years of team competition. Notable moments of the 2007 Cup include David Toms earning the most points for the U.S. Team, Woody Austin falling into the lake while attempting a shot on the 14th hole, and Canadian golf hero Mike Weir thrilling the crowd with his Sunday Singles victory over Tiger Woods, who was ranked #1 in the world at the time.
The Presidents Cup follows the PGA Tour creed of giving back and there is no purse for the players. Revenues are equally divided, and designated to certain charities or golf-related projects by each team. The first seven Presidents Cups have generated over $17 million for charities worldwide, including a record $4.2 million donation from the 2007 event.
Get tickets now if you still wish to catch the 2009 Presidents Cup in San Francisco in October, or begin your long-term plans to attend the 9th Presidents Cup in Melbourne Australia in 2011.
2009 marks the eighth playing of the Presidents Cup; October 8-11, 2009, and held at the Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, California. The Presidents Cup is run by the PGA Tour, played every two years, and matches a team from the United States against an International team. The International team is comprised of golfers from outside the U.S. and Europe. (Europe plays the U.S. in the Ryder Cup, and is thereby excluded.)
The Presidents Cup was created to provide the world's best non-European players with the opportunity to compete in an international team match-play competition, and San Francisco is only the second U.S. city selected to host the event, while also the first on the West Coast. Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia will host the 2011 Presidents Cup, thus becoming the first venue outside the United States to host The Presidents Cup more than once.
U.S. and International Team Captains, Fred Couples and Greg Norman, are both major championship winners, and both have played in The Presidents Cup during their standout careers; a first for captains in The Presidents Cup history.
The 2009 International Presidents Cup team will be comprised of Geoff Ogilvy and Robert Allenby (Australia), Vijay Singh (Fiji), Camilo Villegas (Colombia), Retief Goosen, Tim Clark and Ernie Els (South Africa), Angel Cabrera (Argentina), Mike Weir (Canada), Y.E. Yang (Korea), and with the Captain's picks being Adam Scott and Ryo Ishikawa.
The 2009 United States Presidents Cup team includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Sean O'Hair, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard, and Captain's picks of Lucas Glover and Hunter.
The inaugural Presidents Cup was played September 16-18, 1994, at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, with the Hale Irwin captained U.S. Team defeating David Graham's International side, 20-12. The U.S. retained the cup in 1996, but the Internationals scored their only outright Presidents Cup victory during the 1998 match in Australia. In 2000, the U.S. Team got their revenge with a dominant 11-point victory over the Internationals, taking their record to 3-1-0.