Golfers Delight: Presidents Cup

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Presidents Cup

From today on until sunday, the Presidents Cup will be played in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Prince William County, Virginia, USA.

The Presidents Cup, which will be played for the sixth time in 2005, was developed to give the world's best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition.
A biennial event played in non-Ryder Cup years, the first Presidents Cup was played Sept. 16-18, 1994 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

The Presidents Cup competition consists of 34 matches -- 11 foursomes and 11 four-ball matches. There are 12 singles matches involving all players on the final Sunday. All matches are worth one point each, for a total of 34 points. There are playoffs for foursome, four-ball or singles matches all square after 18 holes, up until the point that The Presidents Cup has been decided. At that point, matches that have gone to extra holes, and are still being played, will be called a draw and each side will receive 1/2-point.

In 2003 at The Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in George, South Africa, The Presidents Cup ended in a tie. After both teams ended regulation tied at 17 points, Ernie Els of the International Team and Tiger Woods of the United States were designated to represent their teams in a sudden-death playoff. After three playoff holes, and as darkness was descending, Captains Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus decided that the two teams would share the cup.

Find all the information on the PGA Tour website.

Tiger Woods will compete the Presidents Cup with a new caddie. His regular caddie Steve Williams will be in his home country New Zealand with his wife for the birth of their first baby. Carrying Tigers bag will be englishman Billy Foster, being only the third caddy for Tiger Woods in his professional career.

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