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THE PGA Tour has con­firmed Royal Mel­bourne Golf Club will host the Pres­i­dents Cup for the third time in 25 years when the tour­na­ment re­turns in 2019.

No other in­ter­na­tional venue has had the hon­our of host­ing the bi­en­nial event more than once, but Royal Mel­bourne has al­ready pro­vided its tremen­dous lay­out for the event in 1998 and 2011.

“We’re thrilled to once again be re­turn­ing to the pres­ti­gious and sto­ried Royal Mel­bourne Golf Club,” said 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. The Sand­belt course, de­signed by the leg­endary Alis­ter Macken­zie, will see the best in­ter­na­tional play­ers – mi­nus Europe – take on the might of Amer­ica, who has lifted the cup in nine of the 11 events.

“Royal Mel­bourne is de­lighted to be cho­sen to host the 2019 Pres­i­dents Cup,” Royal Mel­bourne Cap­tain David Thomas said.

“It is a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing many of the very best golfers in the world. Our club looks for­wards to some ex­cel­lent golf be­ing played by both teams on our renowned Com­pos­ite Course.”

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