President’s Cup Preview: What You Need To Know

Reading Time: 4 minutes

president's cup

The regular season may be over, but for 24 players, there’s still one event remaining. They battle for the President’s Cup on the New Jersey shores at Liberty National Golf Club. In our preview, we look at the history, the course, and the field.

2017 President’s Cup


The bi-annual President’s Cup started in 1994. It pits a team from the United States against an International team, each made up of 12 players. They alternate playing foursomes and fourball (alternate shot and best ball, respectively) formats for the first 3 days of the tournament. The final day is a battle of singles matches. Winning a match earns the team 1 point. Matches ending in a tie are awarded 1/2 point to the winner. The first team to 15 1/2 points wins the cup.

To say the U.S. team has dominated the President’s Cup would be an understatement. The U.S. team has won 9 of the 11 events, with one loss and one tie.

The Course

Liberty National Golf Club president's cup

The 2017 President’s Cup is played at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. The course was originally designed by Tom Kite and Bob Cupp. It opened in 2006 and went through a slight redesign in 2010. The course, built on an old landfill, took time and a lot of money to clean up. The result was a 7,400-yard course that blended links and park styles with an unbeatable view of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

After seeing it and playing a few rounds, critics and Tour Pros had few good things to say about Liberty National. So, in 2010, the course went through a slight redesign. Most of the design changes revolved around making the greens less penal. Addressing the changes, head architect Steve Wenzloff has this to say about the changes:

“The teeth will still be in it, but the teeth won’t sink as deep into your skin.”

Besides the changes to the actual course, the players in the President’s Cup will play a rerouted course. They will tee it up on the par-4 5th hole, move to the sixth, and so on. Tournament organizers want to showcase the meat of the course and still present a challenge if matches go the distance. The final 4 holes (Holes 1-4) are 2 sub-400 yard par 4’s and 2 par 3’s. All 4 are potential birdie holes and could make for some exciting finishes.

The Field

president's cup teams

As mentioned, each team has 12 players. The United States team looks locked and loaded for another victory. They have 4 of the top 10 ranked players in the world plus the experience of captain’s pick Phil Mickelson. Phil is the only player to play in every single President’s Cup ever. His experience is invaluable to the United States team that has 6 rookies playing. U.S. captain, Steve Stricker, is said to be employing the “pod” system made famous by Paul Azinger in the 2008 Ryder Cup. In this system, 2 veterans are paired with 2 rookies for stability, familiarity, and experience. It’s not known yet how Strick will set up his team but the “pod” system looks like a strong strategy.

The International team shouldn’t be counted out before they even tee off, though. Captain Nick Price’s team has more experience and a few players that are playing pretty good golf going in. Aussie’s Jason Day and Marc Leishman are coming off strong performances throughout the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Hideki Matsuyama was leading the FedEx Cup race for much of the year before faltering a bit at the end of the year. He certainly has the game to win matches for his team. Price also has the smooth-swinging Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen in his arsenal. Neither man can be underestimated.

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

That wraps up our preview of the 2017 President’s Cup. Leave a comment below and let us know who you think will win.

Like chatting about golf? Here are more Golf Talk articles:

Ask a PGA Pro



We are a golf company that caters to golfers interested in enhancing their enjoyment of the game. We cherish the moments when customers use our insight and selection to discover their product wishes, then hit that new driver a little farther, use that new putter to sink the clutch putt or arrive at the first tee looking just a little sharper wearing that latest golf fashion. We like to consider the resulting smiles a reflection of your satisfaction of the products and services that can be found at GlobalGolf.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Golf Talk

Timeline Photos

Start the #MemorialDayWeekend with savings! Get $20 off orders over $100 with code: TAKE20 at checkout! (PING and other exclusions apply) Shop..

1 likes, 0 comments8 hours ago

Timeline Photos

Grab 2 dozen Wilson Golf DUO Soft and DUO Soft Optix, the world’s softest golf ball, for $35! Take advantage of this limited time offer

4 likes, 0 comments14 hours ago

Timeline Photos

Them: How many rounds of golf do you wanna play this #MemorialDayWeekend? Me:

1 likes, 0 comments17 hours ago

Timeline Photos

Through the end of May, Callaway Golf is participating in the #PlayYellow Campaign that Jack Nicklaus is heading to raise money for children’s..

2 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

Timeline Photos

Get savings on the latest golf GPS, watches, and rangefinders from industry titan, Garmin! Start shopping

1 likes, 0 comments1 day ago

Like GlobalGolf on Facebook
Write a guest post!
Do you love golf? Do you love to write? We would love to have you guest post on our blog. Join our team of writers and help share your golf knowledge with thousands of daily readers. Contact us today