When the Presidents Cup returns to the United States for the 2017 edition it will be hosted by Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, one of the most spectacular courses in the world of golf and only the fourth golf course in the United States to host the prestigious team match-play event. The Presidents Cup will take place September 25 through October 1.
“Standing in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty today to announce Liberty National as our next U.S.-based host of the event is really icing on the cake,” said former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem back in 2014 when Liberty National Golf Club was announced as the 2017 host. “The Presidents Cup has come so far in its relatively short history, and seeing the world’s best players compete in this market, on this incredibly fantastic venue with such an amazing backdrop in 2017 is something fans of this great game will never forget.”
Announcing a commitment of $5 million over five years to The First Tee, co-founder of Liberty National Paul Fireman, commented: “Being chosen by the PGA TOUR to host the 2017 Presidents Cup is every golf course’s dream.”
One of the United States’ most picturesque golf courses, Liberty National is located along the Hudson River in Jersey City with striking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. The golf club fittingly opened on July 4, 2006. Designed by former U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite and esteemed golf course mastermind Bob Cupp, Liberty National has been the proud host to the first event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, THE NORTHERN TRUST, in 2009 and 2013 which were won by Heath Slocum and Adam Scott respectively. That event will be played at Liberty National again in 2019 and 2022.
This year, the magnificent Liberty National will welcome 24 of the finest players on the planet to contest the 12th installment of the Presidents Cup in the spirit of sportsmanship that represents all that is good about the game of golf.
Unlike most sporting events, players are not paid for their participation in the Presidents Cup There is no purse or prize money. Instead, each competitor designates charities or golf-related projects of his choice to receive a portion of the funds raised through the staging of each Presidents Cup. With players, captains and captains’ assistants hailing from dozens of countries, their donations have positively impacted a variety of charitable causes around the world. From providing medical care for neglected animals in Greenville, South Carolina to school lunches for underprivileged children in South Korea; from funding for teachers and facilities in earthquake-ravaged Haiti to support for programs that bring golf to the disabled in South Africa; from scholarships for children of fallen California firefighters to addiction recovery programs in Australia—these are but a few examples of the myriad ways those involved in the Presidents Cup have been able to affect change in their communities, home countries and globally.
Since the inception of the 1994 Presidents Cup, more than $38.4 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, including a record-breaking $6 million for charitable causes around the world following the 2015 Presidents Cup. Over the past 21 years, the Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.
But more compelling than numbers and dollar figures are the stories from those whose lives have been touched by the generosity of the event’s participants.
It’s often said that the Presidents Cup represents all that is good about the game of golf: sportsmanship, international goodwill and friendly competition. When a sporting event is contested within this framework, there are only winners—on and off the golf course—no matter what the outcome of the competition.
A look at the captains
Nick Price and Steve Stricker will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively, for the 2017 event. Price, two-time captain of the International Team and a World Golf Hall of Famer, joins Stricker, a first-time captain who is a five-time U.S. Team member and 2015 captain’s assistant.
“Steve Stricker and Nick Price are two of the most highly-regarded players by their peers, and bring a wealth of experience to their respective teams for the 2017 Presidents Cup,” said Finchem. “While this is Stricker’s first year as a captain, he has been invaluable as a team member and has had earned the respect of his contemporaries. His calm and collected personality will help guide his team at an amazing course in the one of the most beloved U.S. cities the competition has visited to date.”
“Nick remains one of the most passionate ambassadors for the International Team and the Presidents Cup. He has been an avid advocate for the Presidents Cup from his playing days through his tenure as the International Team captain, both domestically and abroad,” Finchem said. “We’re thrilled that he’s continued with his role as a captain and I’m confident that his team would say the same.”
Both Price and Stricker are on a level playing field, having an equal amount of Presidents Cup experience as players. Price competed for the International Team a total of five times (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003), while Stricker’s five appearances are slightly more recent (1996, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013).
Stricker and Price actually matched up against each other once during the 1996 Presidents Cup. Stricker and Tom Lehman squared off against Price and Peter Senior in the day one morning four-ball match, with Stricker/Lehman coming out on top, 4 and 2. Stricker compiled a 14-10-0 record during his Presidents Cup career, compared to Price at 8-11-4.
Stricker owns 12 victories on the PGA TOUR, including the 2001 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, two FedExCup Playoff events (2007, 2009) and the Memorial Tournament in 2011. In addition to his five appearances on the U.S. Presidents Cup Team as a competitor and captain’s assistant in 2015, he competed on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team three times (2008, 2010, 2012), served as a captain’s assistant in 2014 and 2016. After turning 50 earlier this year, Stricker joined the PGA TOUR Champions and nearly won in his first start.
An 18-time winner on the PGA TOUR—including three major championship triumphs—Price also collected 29 international victories in a professional career that began in South Africa in 1977. After claiming the 1992 PGA Championship, Price enjoyed his best season in 1993, winning four times with a highlighted five-stroke victory at THE PLAYERS Championship—and was named PGA TOUR Player of the Year. As an encore in 1994, Price enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons in TOUR history, winning six times—including the Open Championship and PGA Championship— en route to being named PGA TOUR Player of the Year for a second consecutive season and reaching No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Price, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003, has four PGA TOUR Champions titles on his impressive resume.
“It’s an honor for me to continue to serve as International Team captain once again in 2017,” said Price. “The Presidents Cup has meant so much to me and to my career, both as a player and a captain, and I’m excited to have another chance to be a part of this great event. I am so looking forward to leading what I’m sure will be another very strong International Team and having another opportunity to win the Cup, after such a close finish last year. Steve will be a tremendous captain for the U.S. Team in 2017, as he has always been a tenacious competitor and is respected by so many of us who play the game. I know he will be a tough opponent as well as a very popular captain.”
Stricker said, “I’m incredibly honored to have been selected as a U.S. Team captain for the Presidents Cup, and am looking forward to it coming to Liberty National, one of my favorite venues. This event has meant a lot to me, and I’m looking forward to leading what will be a very promising U.S. Team in 2017.”