New Zealand Golf Magazine

2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne

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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. 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.”

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 last contested.

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The Presidents Cup trophy.

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