2028 Presidents Cup to be held at Australia’s famed Kingston Heath

As CBS’s Ian Baker-Finch put it, a championship could be staged at Kingston Heath any day of the year.

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The Presidents Cup is set to say G’day to a new Sandbelt venue.

The PGA Tour and the Presidents Cup on Monday announced that the 2028 Presidents Cup will be contested at Kingston Heath Golf Club, one of the most iconic venues on the famed Melbourne Sandbelt. The 2028 Presidents Cup will mark the event’s fourth visit to Melbourne, with the Tour having previously announced a long-term commitment with Visit Victoria to staging the Presidents Cup in Melbourne in 2028 and 2040.

Ranked 13th in Golfweek’s Best International Classic Courses list, Kingston Heath was designed by Australia’s Dan Soutar and features a natural bunkering layout spearheaded by legendary architect Alister Mackenzie in 1926. He famously recommended converting the short par-4 15th into a splendid uphill par 3, part of one of the best collection of three-shotters anywhere, and built what might be the best set of bunkers on any course in the world. As former British Open champion and CBS commentator Ian Baker-Finch put it, a championship could be staged at Kingston Heath any day of the year.

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Kingston Heath’s par-3 15th is one of the great three-shotters in golf. (Gary Lisbon/Presidents Cup)

Among the noteworthy championships held at Kingston Heath include the Australian Open, which has been hosted seven times and most recently in 2022 when it shared duties with Victoria Golf Club. It has also hosted the 2009 and 2012 Australian Masters, the 2008 Women’s Australian Open, and the 2016 World Cup of Golf. Notable champions at Kingston Heath include South Africa’s Gary Player (1970 Australian Open) and Australians Aaron Baddeley (2000 Australian Open) Adam Scott (2012 Australian Masters), Karrie Webb (2008 Women’s Australian Open), and American Tiger Woods (2009 Australian Masters), who won on his sixth continent with the victory in Australia.

“It tests every club in the bag,” said Baddeley. “That’s what makes Kingston Heath so great.”

Kingston Heath will represent the fifth international venue to host the Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (1998, 2011, 2019); The Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate (2003); The Royal Montreal Golf Club (2007, 2024); and Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea (2015).

“Kingston Heath is subtle, but demanding, and the format of the Presidents Cup promises to deliver many memorable moments,” said Kingston Heath Captain Stephen Montfort. “We look forward to welcoming golf fans from all around the world to The Heath.”

Kingston Heath’s short par-4 third hole will present a world of options for players at the 2028 Presidents Cup. (Gary Lisbon/Presidents Cup)

The Presidents Cup’s fourth visit to Melbourne will match Gainesville (Virginia, USA) for most Cups contested in one city. Its most recent trip to Melbourne was in 2019, when World Golf Hall of Fame captains Ernie Els and Tiger Woods squared off at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in one of the most dramatic Presidents Cups in history, with Woods’ United States Team mounting a final-day comeback to win the Cup.

The Presidents Cup is a biennial global team competition between the United States and an International team that represents the rest of the world excluding Europe. The competition, which debuted in 1994 and is contested by the PGA Tour, alternates between venues in the U.S. and overseas.

With this announcement, the Presidents Cup has its venues secured through 2030:

Year Venue Location
2024 The Royal Montreal Golf Club Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2026 Medinah Country Club (Course #3) Medinah, Illinois
2028 Kingston Heath Golf Club Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2030 Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, Missouri

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Jim Furyk named captain of 2024 United States Presidents Cup team

The first piece of the United States team for the 2024 Presidents Cup is set. 

The first piece of the United States team for the 2024 Presidents Cup is set.

Jim Furyk, a 17-time PGA Tour winner, was announced Tuesday as captain of the U.S. squad at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Sept. 24-29, 2024. Furyk joins Canada’s Mike Weir, who was named captain of the International Team in Nov. 2022.

Furyk, who will make his debut as captain, has appeared in seven Presidents Cups (1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011) and holds a 20-10-3 all-time record. He competed in the event’s only previous visit to Royal Montreal in 2007, posting a 3-2 record, two of his wins coming with Tiger Woods as his partner. In his final start as a playing participant in 2011 at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, he delivered a perfect 5-0-0 record – the fourth player in Presidents Cup history at the time to do so – that led to a 19-15 win over the International Team. Furyk qualified for the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea but was unable to compete due to a wrist injury.

Furyk also served as a Presidents Cup captain’s assistant twice, for Jay Haas in 2015 and Steve Stricker in 2017. In 2018, he guided the United States as captain at the Ryder Cup.

“Being selected by my peers to take on the role as captain of the U.S. Team for the 2024 Presidents Cup is truly an honor that I am humbled and excited to accept,” Furyk said in a release. “Over the span of several decades, this event has evolved tremendously into the global showcase it is today, and I am thrilled to help continue that momentum. So many legendary captains have come before me, so now to be here as the 2024 U.S. Team Captain is quite remarkable.”

Furyk becomes the 10th U.S. Team captain in the event’s history, joining the likes of Davis Love III (2022), Tiger Woods (2019), Steve Stricker (2017), Jay Haas (2015), Fred Couples (2013, 2011, 2009), Jack Nicklaus (2007, 2005, 2003, 1998), Ken Venturi (2000), Arnold Palmer (1996) and Hale Irwin (1994).

Founded in 1873, The Royal Montreal Golf Club is the oldest club in North America. Dick Wilson designed the Blue Course, and it was updated by Rees Jones in 2004 and 2005. In addition to hosting the Presidents Cup, Royal Montreal also held the RBC Canadian Open on 10 occasions, most recently in 2014.

“Royal Montreal holds some unforgettable memories for me, as I know it does for so many other players and fans that witnessed the 2007 Presidents Cup,” Furyk said. “The golf course is a perfect setting for match play, and I know the passionate Canadian golf fans will create an amazing atmosphere onsite, delivering an extremely special iteration of the event.”

The U.S. defeated the Internationals 17.5-12.5 in the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Sungjae Im dusted off a viral YouTube dance during the Presidents Cup after-party and it was fantastic

Sam Burns commented on the video: “You’re my favorite golfer Sungjae.”

Sungjae Im went 2-2-1 during last week’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, including a Sunday singles win over Cameron Young, 1 up.

His highlight moment of the week, however, came after the event was over.

During the after-party, Im dusted off the viral YouTube dance “Gangnam Style” and to say the players loved it would be an understatement.

On a video originally posted to Tony Finau’s Instagram account, the International team captain Trevor Immelman commented “HAHA.” Justin Thomas, one of the USA team leaders, chimed in, “You’re a legend!”

Sam Burns said, “You’re my favorite golfer Sungjae.”


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Kevin Kisner sums up his week at 2022 Presidents Cup: ‘I got half a point, but I brought the fun’

“I have never seen a better display of golfers and a worse display of partiers, and I am the best partier.”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – While Davis Love III may never make it public, Kevin Kisner knows that he was 13th man on Team USA, a last-minute Captain’s pick that otherwise belonged to the injured Will Zalatoris.

Kisner expected to be spending the week hunting, fishing and trying to gain some weight, he said, before Love called him during the Tour Championship and told him he might be needed.

“Kevin Kisner even put down his bow and picked up his clubs after thinking he might have a little bit of a break,” Love said.

Kisner made his second career appearance in the Presidents Cup and tallied a record of 0-2-1 this week, which included a loss Sunday to South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout. But Sunday night that was of little consequence to Kisner, who stole the show again in the post-victory press conference, beginning when he tossed an empty Fireball shooter into a sea of reporters.

His teammates had been calling Kisner, 38, Grandpa, but apparently experience has its benefits, as he explained. Asked about the pending team victory celebration that is sure to last into the wee hours of the morning, Kisner said, “My experience can ultimately win in this scenario. There is nothing that any of these (guys) can do that can hang with me tonight, I promise you.”

He continued: “I have never seen a better display of golfers and a worse display of partiers, and I am the best partier on this (dais). Amen.”

And in the perfect ending to the press conference he added, “That’s why they picked me. I got half a point, but I brought the fun.”

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Jordan Spieth goes 5-0 to lead U.S. to Presidents Cup win for 12th time

U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Davis Love III trusted that his 12-man team would deliver in Sunday singles.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After watching his team lose both sessions on Saturday and its lead heading into the final day trimmed to four points, U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Davis Love III trusted that his 12-man team would deliver in Sunday singles.

“This is one of our best formats, and they’re going to come out mad tomorrow,” he predicted.

Love front-loaded his lineup with several of the top players in the world to attempt to put a sea of red on the scoreboard early: Justin Thomas in the leadoff spot followed by Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns, Patrick Cantlay and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler. They delivered mixed results, but Team U.S.A. needed just four points to retain the Presidents Cup and continue its domination in its biennial match, winning 17 ½-12 ½.

On an overcast fall day at Quail Hollow, they did enough to take care of business, led by Jordan Spieth, who went out in the second match of the day and defeated Australian Cam Davis 4 and 3. Spieth secured his first-ever victory in singles and notched a perfect record of 5-0, the first player from either team to do so since South African Branden Grace in 2015.

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Team USA golfer Jordan Spieth hits his chip shot on the second hole during the singles match play of the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

“It feels really good,” Spieth said. “When you go out early as I’ve done pretty much every team event on a Sunday, they’re looking for red on the board, and it feels good to finally provide that.”

Patrick Cantlay avenged his lone defeat of the week on Saturday afternoon, besting Adam Scott, 3 and 2.

“I knew it was really important for me to get my point today,” Cantlay said, “and I’m really content with how I played.”

But the outmanned International team kept it interesting until late Sunday. South Korea’s Si Woo Kim shushed the crowd, with his finger at 15 and silenced them with his putter on 18, draining a clutch birdie putt at 18 to edge Thomas 1 up.

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International Team golfer Si Woo Kim reacts after making his putt on the 15th green in front of caddie Manuel Villegas during the singles match play of the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

“J.T. give me fist pump, and then I had to do it. And I had to make it, and I made it,” said Kim, who was a team-best 3-0-1, of his putt to tie the 15th hole. “Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think that give me more energy.”

Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz was 2-0-1 in the matches he played, knocking off World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who finished 0-3-1, by a score of 2 and 1.

“I believe Munoz is going to come out of this competition with a real infusion of self-belief and confidence,” NBC’s Paul Azinger said. “He has made some huge putts.”

Munoz likely would agree. “Probably one of the best things I ever achieved in my life,” he said.

Xander Schauffele essentially called his shot in clinching the winning point for Team USA.

“I’ll just save mine for tomorrow,” he said when asked for his highlight on Saturday.

Schauffele, who was in the seventh match of the day on Sunday and won a total of three points for his country, squandered a 3-up lead but hung on to defeat Canada’s Corey Conners 1 up.

“Just luck of the draw, you know what I mean?” Schauffele said. “It was close. It was stressful and what you saw there was a big sigh of relief.”

The U.S. team featured six of the top 10 in the world, while Hideki Matsuyama, who tied Sam Burns on Sunday, was the top-ranked international player at No. 17. Missing from the International side was World No. 3 Cameron Smith, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who were among the defectors to LIV Golf and ineligible for the competition.

Nevertheless, the International side made a valiant comeback on Saturday. But they had dug a big hole, requiring a historic comeback of 8½ of the 12 points up for grabs.

“When you consider that we were 8-2 down on Friday evening, this team is no joke, and I’m sick and tired of it being spoken of as a joke,” International team captain Trevor Immelman said. “We love this event, and we love our team, and we cannot wait to run this back and have another shot.”

The International side featured eight rookies and had the youngest team in Presidents Cup history, including 20-year-old South Korean sensation Tom Kim, who won two big points on Saturday to lead a spirited charge as the International team outscored the Americans in a two-session day for the first time since 1998.

“This young kid has burst onto the scene in the last six months,” International team captain Trevor Immelman said. “He’s been such a tremendous gift to our sport. He has an ability to be a global superstar, this kid.”

In singles, Tom Kim blew a 3-up lead after 10 holes to Max Homa, who went 4-0, one of four rookies to go 4-0-0 or better all-time at the Presidents Cup.

The U.S. has won the Presidents Cup nine times in a row and 12 of 14 times, with one tie. The next match will be held in Montreal in 2024.

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Watch: Jordan Spieth mimics ‘Lion King’, raises son Sammy to Presidents Cup crowd

Sammy Spieth is our new leader.

If the scene that unfolded Sunday on the first tee at Quail Hollow Club is any indication, Sammy Spieth is the next heir to the throne.

Shortly before beginning his Sunday singles match in the 2022 Presidents Cup against Cam Davis, Jordan Spieth walked out to big cheers from the home crowd as he walked over to his wife, Annie Spieth, and their son, Sammy.

Jordan grabbed his son and then turned him around and hoisted him to the crowd engulfing the first tee, bringing a loud cheer from the fans. Many quickly made the comparison to the movie “Lion King”, when Rafiki took Simba to the top of Pride Rock and held him up for all to see.

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It was an adorable moment for the Spieth family.

“It was fun to see him on the first tee,” Spieth told Golf Channel’s Steve Sands after his match. “That was super cool. He’s finally old enough to just be looking around and taking it all in and being interested in everything. He loves the ear muffs luckily because it has been loud out here.”

Spieth beat Cam Davis 4 and 3 in singles, becoming the first U.S. player to go 5-0-0 in Presidents Cup play since Jim Furyk in 2011.

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Presidents Cup: The time Tiger Woods messed with Notah Begay and Fred Couples killer prank

Notah Begay can only remember one time when Tiger Woods didn’t pay attention to him.

Notah Begay can only remember one time when Tiger didn’t pay attention to him. It was during the 2000 Presidents Cup and Begay asked him for a layup number at a par 5.

“It was alternate shot, and I asked him for a number that he wanted, and he wouldn’t tell me,” Begay recalled. “So what I did was I laid him up to his most uncomfortable number because I knew what his most uncomfortable number was.”

What was the yardage that made Tiger uncomfortable? Begay said it was just inside 100 yards.

“So I laid him up to a bad number on purpose because he was making me mad,” Begay said.

His move almost cost them big time in their match as Tiger skulled the third shot over the green into a back bunker, and forcing Begay to splash out close to the hole just to escape with a tie.

“We both walked off the green kind of chuckling at each other because he knew that he actually should have given me a number for me to lay up to instead of me having to figure it out on my own,” Begay said. “But we’re like brothers. We always have been.”

You can read the full Q&A with Begay here.

That’s not the only time a Presidents Cup teammate of Tiger’s has messed with him.

Fred Couples recently recounted the story of the time he had the 2009 U.S. Presidents Cup team believing that he’d stuck Tiger’s name in the envelope in case an International player had an injury.

Watch Freddie tell the story of his prank, which was so good it had Tiger texting Couples, “Dude, you got the biggest balls of anyone I’ve ever seen.”

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Presidents Cup: Max Homa holes clutch putts, celebrates with fist pumps like he never has before

“When we talk about things money can’t buy, money cannot buy that feeling.”

CHARLOTTE – Max Homa hounded U.S. Presidents Cup Captain Davis Love III for the better part of the year that he wanted to be on his team. On Friday, he delivered on his captain’s pick by holing two clutch putts to secure a 1-up victory with fellow rookie Billy Horschel in their four-ball match against the Canadian pairing of Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith.

Homa, who captured his fifth PGA Tour title at last week’s Fortinet Championship in Napa, California, was asked to compare winning a team match to winning an individual title and he didn’t hesitate in giving his response.

“A hundred times better,” he said. “This to me is top of the top.”

Making this team was a dream come true for Homa, something he considered to be “unthinkable” just five years ago as his career hit rock bottom. He figures he’s hit somewhere around a million golf balls since then and beyond the inflated balance in his bank account, he pointed to making the U.S. team as a symbol of his success.

Presidents Cup: Saturday morning foursomes matches

“You can like quantify it and you can say, dang, like I made this,” he said last week.

Still, he came to Quail Hollow this week with something to prove. He’s heard the haters and doubters on social media who question whether he would have been selected for the team if Dustin Johnson and other LIV defectors weren’t ineligible for the team. It only serves as fuel.

Homa got his feet wet in Thursday’s foursomes, earning a point alongside Tony Finau for Team USA. He understood exactly how Billy Horschel felt as he made his debut in an atmosphere unlike anything he’d ever experienced.

“There’s so many people, you can feel them on the back of your neck,” Homa said.

The U.S. built a 2-up lead on the front nine despite Homa being shut out of birdies. He contributed his first at the par-5 12th hole, but the Canadians didn’t go down without a fight. The match was tied on the 17th hole when Pendrith’s 19-foot birdie putt horseshoed out. The door was open for Homa to win the hole and he poured in his 11-foot putt and pumped his fist in jubilation. Only days earlier, during his pre-competition press conference, he had said, “I don’t know if I’ll ever have the swag and the cool factor to run around on the green like Tiger and do fist bumps. I think about it and never do it and just wave.”

But there he was pumping his fist, lost in the moment and the euphoria of playing for his country and 40,000 fans cheering him on, not to mention his 11 teammates.

“I feel very thankful. I’m not super, super close with anybody on this team, but I have always respected and gotten along with everybody, and it’s been amazing to watch these 11 other guys who are incredibly good, incredibly acclaimed, so many accomplishments, cheering us on coming down the stretch,” Homa said. “I’ve been in the last match both days, and to be able to see that is special for me.”

Team USA headed to the 18th hole clinging to a 1-up lead, but Pendrith buried a birdie putt from 13 feet and it looked as if the International team would salvage a tie and a half point. Homa eyed an 11-foot birdie putt to try to answer and claim a full point for his team. He said he felt the weight of trying to win the match for his teammates but also this is what all those hours on the practice green had been for. The putt dropped and Homa pumped his right fist again and again. Tiger would’ve been proud of his effort and the primal scream Homa unleashed.

Later, when asked about his celebration, he said, “I don’t think I said I don’t do fist pumps. That might have been Cam Young. One time J.T. almost punched me in the face with an uppercut fist pump. So he showed me how to do it. Yeah, I think you might have been thinking of Cam Young. I think he just grins when something good happens.”

But there was no doubt that it was a side of Homa golf fans had never seen before.

“Max Homa is in full show-off mode,” said Azinger, “what a moment for this guy.”

That’s the power of these biennial team competitions, where a gold cup and not piles of green paper is the currency of the day.

The crowd broke into a frenzy. Homa chest-bumped teammates. Horschel rushed to hug him and the rest of his teammates weren’t far behind. The U.S. lead grew to 8-2.

“I mean, I was nervous as could be over that putt, but it was fun,” Homa said. “I was telling my wife, when we talk about things money can’t buy, money cannot buy that feeling. And that was something that I will remember forever, and I will tell anybody who ever wants to hear about it how that felt.”

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Justin Thomas just hit Jordan Spieth with a ‘Major League’-type celebration after ridiculous par save

Jordan Spieth has big ones.

Jordan Spieth is known for his ridiculous par saves, and he did it again during his Friday four-ball match at the 2022 Presidents Cup.

The regular 18th hole at Quail Hollow Club is playing as the 15th this week, and Spieth’s drive found the right-hand rough just along the tree line. With his partner, Justin Thomas, in his pocket, he had to try a risky shot. His ball actually landed in the hazard that runs alongside the left of the green but ricocheted to the right, eventually finishing long of the green.

Spieth’s chip shot was a decent one, settling 12 feet from the hole.

And like he’s done so many times before, Spieth nailed the par putt to keep the U.S. side 3 up in the match. They went on to win the match, 2 and 1.

Thomas showed his appreciation with a celebration that originated in the movie ‘Major League II.’

You know the one.

Well, JT pulled it off perfectly.


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Photos: Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton join the festivities on the first tee at Quail Hollow

Like the opening tee shot wasn’t nerve-wracking enough.

The United States has a lot to celebrate after opening the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a 4-1 victory in the first foursomes session Thursday over the International squad.

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay had the highlight victory of the day, taking down Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama 6 and 5.

On Friday, the team had two high-profile visitors on the first tee — the 42nd and 43rd presidents of the United States, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Like the opening tee shot wasn’t nerve-wracking enough.

Check out some of the photos from the presidential visit at the 2022 Presidents Cup.

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