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The future venues for the President’s Cup have been decided, and it’s got the International Team dreaming of their own ‘Miracle of Medinah’ victory over the United States.
The President’s Cup is a match-play event between a team representing the United States and an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe. It has been held biennially since 1994 and is hosted alternately in the US and in countries represented by the International Team.
The contest was extended from three days to four in 2000, and with a total of 30 points, the winning team has to get to 15.5 points to claim victory. The US has won 11 times, the International Team once, with one tie.
The 2019 edition was held in December at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, which previously hosted the tournament in 1998 when the International Team claimed their only victory. The US, captained by Tiger Woods, won 16-14 over the International Team captained by Ernie Els.
The 2021 event was originally scheduled for September 30-October 3, 2021, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, but will now be played September 19-25, 2022, at the same venue, pushed back a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The US will be hoping to win the trophy for the ninth successive time.
The President’s Cup will then return to The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Canada in 2024. The Quebec course becomes only the second international venue to host the tournament more than once, joining Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Medinah’s No. 3 course will then host in 2026 after TPC Harding Park, the original tournament site, relinquished its rights to host in order to hold a PGA Tour event helmed by NBA star Steph Curry.
Former Masters champion South African Trevor Immelman has been named International Team captain for 2022, while the US Team captain will be announced at a later date. Here are the future venues with dates from 2024 yet to be announced.
For the first time the President’s Cup will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for its 14th edition. Quail Hollow Club was originally designed by famed golf course architect George Cobb in 1961 and has since undergone a series of improvements, including modifications to several holes by Arnold Palmer in 1986, a redesign by Tom Fazio in 1997 and modifications by the same designer to several holes in 2016. It has held the Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA Tour since 2003, the 2017 PGA Championship and will hold the PGA for a second time in 2025. For the 2022 event, the course will be re-routed to ensure most matches reach the 16th to 18th holes at the course, the infamous closing three-hole stretch known as the ‘Green Mile’.
Royal Montreal Golf Club, the oldest golf club in North America, will be the host site in 2024. It will be the second time the club welcomes the event, having last done so in 2007 when the US and captain Jack Nicklaus defeated Gary Player and the International Team 19.5-14.5. Founded in 1873, the Blue Course was designed by Dick Wilson and updated by Rees Jones in 2004 and 2005. In addition to hosting the President’s Cup, The Royal Montreal has also held the RBC Canadian Open on 10 occasions, most recently in 2014.
Medinah is the fifth different venue in the US to host the President’s Cup, and adds the team event to an illustrious list of tournaments hosted at Course No. 3 that include the 2019 BMW Championship, the 2012 Ryder Cup, two PGA Championships, (both won by Tiger Woods), three US Opens, the 1988 US Senior Open, and three BMW Championships.
But it’s the ‘Miracle of Medinah’ that the club is most known for. The 39th Ryder Cup was held there in 2012 and Europe went into the competition as holders. At the start of the final day’s play, the US led 10-6 and required 4.5 points to win; Europe required 8 points to retain the cup and 8.5 to win outright. Europe achieved one of the greatest comebacks in Ryder Cup history by winning eight and tying one of the 12 singles matches to win 14.5-13.5.