Wide World of Sports presents -THE PRESIDENTS CUP
Wednesday, November 16 – Sunday, November 20
The cream of the world’s golfers will compete in an elite match play tournament when Nine’s Wide World of Sports broadcasts The Presidents Cup from Royal Melbourne Golf Club from November 16 to 20.
Held every two years, The Presidents Cup pits 12 players from the United States against a 12-strong International Team representing the rest of the world, excluding Europe.
The star-studded United States Team will be captained by former world No.1 and U.S. Masters champion Fred Couples. John Cook, an 11-time PGA TOUR winner, and former Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup representative Jay Haas will be his assistants.
The United States Team is Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, David Toms, Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas.
Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman will captain the International Team, with PGA TOUR winner Frank Nobilo and Players’ Championship winner Tim Clark as his assistants.
Golfers from four nations have made the International Team, including five Australians: Jason Day, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley. South Korea has K.J. Choi, K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang, while South Africa provides former World No.1 Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel, and Ryo Ishikawa flies the flag for Japan.
Nine’s Wide World of Sports will broadcast the four days of play plus the tournament’s opening and closing ceremonies. The coverage will be hosted by Eddie McGuire and Mark Nicholas and supported by Nine’s expert commentary team of Ian Baker-Finch, Jack Newton and Wayne Grady. James Brayshaw will be out on the fairways along with Ken Sutcliffe, who will perform as the tournament’s official starter. Reporter Tim Sheridan will bring viewers all the big stories from the course and the clubhouse.
The United States Team has won six of the last eight Presidents Cups. The only win by the International Team came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, and the 2003 Presidents Cup ended in a tie.
Coverage of The Presidents Cup begins with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, November 16, from 4.00pm LIVE on GEM. The first round of the tournament starts at 12.30pm on Thursday, November 17, LIVE on Channel 9.
In addition to Nine’s Wide World of Sports coverage, the Today show will cross live to Royal Melbourne on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, bringing viewers all the action as it unfolds.
Unlike most sporting events, the players do not receive prize money at The Presidents Cup. Instead, the PGA TOUR pledges to contribute funding to charities nominated by the players, captains and captains’ assistants.
Jason Day (Australia)
Adam Scott (Australia)
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
K.J. Choi (South Korea)
K.T. Kim (South Korea)
Retief Goosen (South Africa)
Geoff Ogilvy (Australia)
Ernie Els (South Africa)
Y.E. Yang (South Korea)
Ryo Ishikawa (Japan)
Robert Allenby (Australia)
Aaron Baddeley (Australia)
Wednesday, November 16 – The Presidents Cup Opening Ceremony, 4pm LIVE on GEM
Thursday, November 17 – Day 1 Play: Foursomes competition, 2.30pm LIVE on Channel 9
Friday, November 18 – Day 2 Play: Four-ball competition, 11.30am LIVE on Channel 9
Saturday, November 19 – Day 3 Play: Foursomes and four-ball competition, 7am LIVE on GEM and 9am LIVE on Channel 9 after Today.
Sunday, November 20 – Day 4 Play: Singles competition: 10am LIVE on Channel 9
Sunday, November 20 – Closing Ceremony: Following conclusion of play