Sep 27, 2007

Presidents Cup Returning to Royal Melbourne For 2011

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/27/2007 06:10:00 PM   No comments

For the past two years the PGA Tour had said the President's Cup would be held in Australia in 2011 well today it's official the Cup will be returning to Royal Melbourne Golf Course. Royal Melbourne was chosen over Kingston Heath and Metropolitan, which in 2001 held the Accenture Match Play Championship. Royal Sydney also received consideration.
Royal Melbourne was the first place the Presidents Cup was played overseas and remains the only place the International team has won. Back in 1998, six weeks after the U.S. PGA Tour season ended the Internationals won 20½-11½.

From Canadian Press Article:

U.S. tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Thursday the dates for 2011 had not been set, but that it likely would be during the Australia golf season in late November or early December. One change from last time might be when the teams are determined, so that qualifying does not end as many as three months before the Presidents Cup is held.

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson, captain of that International team who famously introduced the American team at opening ceremonies as "the greatest collection of golfers in the world," said he was not interested in returning as captain.

"I'm a has-been and I'm happy to be that, instead of a could-have-been," Thomson said.

But he said he would favour Greg Norman leading the International team, especially with the matches being held in Australia. Norman, perhaps the most popular golfer to emerge from Down Under, played on that '98 and lost a singles match against Tiger Woods.

Norman and Finchem have been at odds for much of the last decade, however, and it was not clear if he would be interested.

"I hope one day he will be captain," Thomson said. "He was a giant figure in the game for so long, I think it's appropriate that if he wants to be, he should be captain of this team."

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