The PGA TOUR is pleased to announce that Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted the invitation to be Honorary Chairperson of The Presidents Cup 2015 when the competition will be played in Asia for the first time in history. President Park officially accepted the role while hosting International Team Captain Nick Price, International Team Vice-Captain K.J. Choi, U.S. Team Captain Jay Haas and PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem today at The Blue House in Seoul, Korea, the executive office and official residence of the president of Korea.
President Park is part of a distinguished group of 10 world leaders who have held the position at The Presidents Cup; she is preceded by President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, who served as Honorary Chairman for the 2013 event in Columbus, Ohio, USA. President Park is the second woman to serve in the role, as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was Honorary Chairperson for The Presidents Cup 2011 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
“We are truly honored that President Park has accepted our invitation to be Honorary Chairperson of The Presidents Cup in October 2015,” said Finchem. “Since this marks the first time that The Presidents Cup will be contested in Asia, her official support serves as an incredible endorsement in an important and historic moment in The Presidents Cup history and that of the sporting culture of Korea. President Park’s graciousness in continuing the long-standing tradition of world leaders’ support of the event will further enhance what promises to be the most successful Presidents Cup yet.”
Since its inception in 1994, sitting or former heads of state have served as Honorary Chairperson of The Presidents Cup:
Year Honorary Chairman
1994 President Gerald R. Ford Washington, D.C., USA
1996 President George H.W. Bush Washington, D.C., USA
1998 Prime Minister John Howard Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2000 President William J. Clinton Washington, D.C., USA
2003 President Thabo Mbeki Cape Town, South Africa
2005 President George W. Bush Washington, D.C., USA
2007 Prime Minister Stephen Harper Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2009 President Barack Obama San Francisco, California, USA
2011 Prime Minister Julia Gillard Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2013 President Barack Obama Columbus, Ohio, USA
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup 2003 ended in a tie.
The Presidents Cup 2015 will be held Oct. 6-11 when the biennial competition makes its first trip to Asia. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1998, 2011); The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa (2003); and The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007). The event is projected to be broadcast in 225 countries and territories, reaching more than 1 billion homes in 30 different languages around the world.
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only outright win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. A historic 17-17 tie came in 2003 when the event was held in South Africa.
Nick Price and Jay Haas will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively. Korea’s K.J. Choi was named the first vice-captain in Presidents Cup history and will help Price lead the International Team in front of what is sure to be a supportive “home” crowd.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money; instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the inception of The Presidents Cup in 1994, more than $32 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, including more than $5 million from The Presidents Cup 2013. Over the past 20 years, The Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.
Citi and Rolex are the exclusive Global Partners of The Presidents Cup.
Source: PGA TOUR