As the USA celebrations came to an end following their narrow win over the International team at the President Cup in South Korea, the world golfing spotlight was turned to shine brightly on Melbourne. In great news for golf in Australia, Melbourne will host the 2016 World Cup of Golf, and the 2019 Presidents Cup.
2019 Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup is a teams event, similar to the Ryder Cup, matching the best US golfers against the best of the world (excluding Europe). The teams play a mix of foursomes, fourballs and singles matches. In eleven previous events, the US team have won ten. Melbourne has previously hosted the Presidents Cup in 1998, the Internationals only win, and again in 2011. Both events were held at Royal Melbourne composite layout, still recognised as the best course in Australia, and one of the World’s top courses. Royal Melbourne is an ideal venue for the Presidents Cup format and is an excellent spectators course. Whilst the venue for the Presidents Cup is yet to be named, Royal Melbourne would be the ideal layout.
2016 World Cup
The World Cup of golf is a tournament featuring teams of two representing their country in a 72 hole stroke event, with an individual winner, and combined team winner. Australia has hosted the World Cup four times, most recently in 2013 at Royal Melbourne when Jason Day won the individual event and Australia winning the team event. The venue for next years World Cup is yet to be announced, Melbourne is spoilt for choice with world class courses to host world class golf events. Whilst Royal Melbourne is an ideal choice, Metropolitan Golf Club, Victoria Golf Club or Kingston Heath Golf Club are both excellent layouts for tournament golf and should be considered as host venues for next years event to be held in November 2016.