Royal Melbourne lands third Presidents Cup

Presidents Cup
Tiger Woods plays his tee shot on the 5th hole during the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

Royal Melbourne will host the 2019 Presidents Cup.

The club, already the only course outside the United States to have hosted the biennial event more than once, has been given the nod by the US PGA Tour to host for a third time.

"We’re thrilled to once again be returning to the prestigious and storied Royal Melbourne Golf Club," said US PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

"Our history there speaks volumes about not only the course and its ability to host world-class competitions, but also the surrounding area in Melbourne as a destination for our fans and players.

"With so many great courses in the Sandbelt, we were not short on choice when it came to selecting a championship-tested venue.

"Returning to such a storied course for this event, especially as both teams have been victorious there, is a special privilege and sets both teams up for an even playing field to break the tie."

Nearby Kingston Heath, host of last year’s World Cup of Golf, had also been in the running with Melbourne announced as the host city in 2015.

It is understood Kingston Heath had made contingencies to have the space available for the large infrastructure footprint the President Cup requires and that it and Royal Melbourne were the only clubs under consideration.

But Royal Melbourne, host in 1998 and again in 2011, again won the day, much to the delight of club captain David Thomas.

“It is a prestigious international tournament featuring many of the very best golfers in the world,” Thomas said.

“Past encounters have invariably included many fine matches, with players from both teams displaying finely honed golfing skills and exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship in a team environment.

“Our club looks forward to some excellent golf being played by both teams on our renowned Composite Course.”

General Manager Warwick Hill-Rennie was excited about the club again making history as a repeat host.

“We are delighted to once again showcase the Composite Course and all that is great about Sandbelt golf in Victoria,” he said.

“The members and staff are very excited about the prospect of the tournament returning and we look forward to welcoming the golfing fraternity from Australia and the world back to Melbourne."

Superintendent Richard Forsyth said the opportunity to prepare the famous course for the world’s best would be “a highlight” for his team.

“We understand the responsibility we have in presenting the Composite Course to the highest standard to showcase Australian golf courses and presentation to the world,” he said.

“We will approach the challenge with great enthusiasm and dedication.”

Royal Melbourne remains the only venue at which the International team has won the Cup, although the tournament was tied in South Africa in 2003 and was on a knife’s edge in South Korea before the Americans triumphed in 2015 when it was most recently contested.

The Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey will host this year’s tournament in September and October.

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