Donald Trump becomes honorary chairman of 2017 Presidents Cup

Trump becomes 11th worldwide leader to serve in the position since the tournament's inception in 1994.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2017

donald trump becomes honorary chairman of 2017 presidents cup

 

Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from the PGA Tour to be honorary chairman of this year's Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club from September 28 to October 1.

The United States President becomes the 11th worldwide leader to serve in the position since the biennial event's inception in 1994.

Bill Clinton (2000) and George W. Bush (2005) both held the role while in office, while Barack Obama did so in both 2009 and 2013, the last time the tournament was held in the U.S.

"It is a great honour for me to be even a small part of the Presidents Cup," said Trump.

"I have watched it since the very first tournament in 1994. It gets better with age. This will be the greatest of them all."

Steve Stricker will captain the United States side, with Zimbabwe's Nick Price skippering the Internationals.

The United States has won nine of the 11 renewals, including the last six dating back to 2005. The Internationals won their only Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 1997 (20.5-11.5) and they drew 17-17 in Fancourt in 2003. 

Each team combines 10 players with two additional captain picks. 

CURRENT PRESIDENTS CUP STANDINGS

UNITED STATES:

1. DUSTIN JOHNSON 
2. JORDAN SPIETH
3. JUSTIN THOMAS
4. DANIEL BERGER
5. BROOKS KOEPKA
6. RICKIE FOWLER
7. KEVIN KISNER
8. MATT KUCHAR
9. KEVIN CHAPPELL
10. CHARLEY HOFFMAN

INTERNATIONALS

1. HIDEKI MATSUYAMA
2. JASON DAY
3. ADAM SCOTT
4. CHARL SCHWARTZEL
5. LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN
6. MARC LEISHMAN
7. BRANDEN GRACE
8. SI WOO KIM
9. JHONATTAN VEGAS
10. EMILIANO GRILLO