The prestigious golf tournament The Presidents Cup has announced its future host venues through to 2026.
They announced the 2024 edition at Royal Montreal Golf Club in Quebec, Canada for the second time in its history. It is the second time in the club’s storied saga that it welcomes the biennial event, having last done so in 2007, when the United States and captain Jack Nicklaus defeated Gary Player and the International Team, 19.5-14.5. The 2024 Presidents Cup page is here.
In 2026, the Presidents Cup will return to the United States’ state of Illinois, with Medinah Country Club being the host venue. Medinah is the fifth different venue in the United States to host the Presidents Cup, though it is no stranger to big tournaments, having previously hosted the 2019 BWM Championship, 2012 Ryder Cup, two PGA Championships, three U.S. Opens, the 1988 U.S. Senior Open, three Western Opens (BMW Championship), and a spate of other golf tournaments.
In 2028, The Presidents Cup will return to the Southern Hemisphere and Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The prestigious Australian Club has hosted the tournament three times (1998, 2011, 2019). The Internationals won in 1998 but Team USA triumphed in 2011 and 2019; who will it be in 2028?
By 2030, the Presidents Cup will return to North American shores, specifically at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis Missouri. Bellerive Country Club has never hosted the Presidents Cup but has hosted major events such as the PGA Championship (1992, 2018), the 2001 World Golf Championship and the 2008 BMW Championship.
Presidents Cup Format
The Presidents Cup format follows the Ryder Cup golf tournament in that it is played biennially, and consists of two teams of 12 players per side. Each team has a captain who chooses the pairs in the doubles events. Play consists of both alternate shot and best-ball formats, known as ‘foursome’ and ‘fourball’ respectively. Each match is worth one point with a half-point awarded to each team in the event of a halved match. The final day consists of 12 singles matches.
Originally, play was over three days, although it was extended in 2000 to four days, played from Thursday to Sunday. The event is held in the second half of the year, although dates have changed historically between the months. The 2019 Presidents Cup was played in December, while the 2022 Presidents Cup will be played in September due to the delay caused by Covid-19. The Presidents Cup Venues are hosted by golf clubs across North America and the rest of the world minus Europe, with notable venues including South Africa, South Korea and Australia.
The Presidents Cup has undergone many changes since its inauguration in 1994, although its biggest difference to the Ryder Cup is that the team versing USA is made up of the best players from the world minus Europe, while the Ryder Cup is Team Europe vs Team USA. There is no prize money awarded at the Presidents Cup; proceeds are distributed to charities nominated by participants.