Seoul, Korea; Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted an invitation to act as Honorary Chairperson of next year’s Presidents Cup, when the competition will be played in Asia for the first time.
President Park officially accepted the role while hosting International Team Captain Nick Price, International Team Vice-Captain KJ Choi, US Team Captain Jay Haas and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem at The Blue House – 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 Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, who served as Honorary Chairman for the 2013 event at Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club.
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.
“We are truly honoured that President Park has accepted our invitation to be Honorary Chairperson of The Presidents Cup in October 2015,” Finchem said. “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.”
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 US Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups. 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 from October 6-11. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 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.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the first and only golf club in Korea to carry the name of the Golden Bear himself. Its dramatic parkland, links and rock formation styles are in harmony with the panoramic views of Incheon Bay and the skyline of the Songdo International Business District.
At 7,413 yards from the tournament tees, the par-72 course features unique fairway routings, a variety of tee locations, and greens protected by strategically located bunkers and hazards that provide special challenge to golfers of all levels.
In 2010 and 2011, the course hosted the Champions Tour’s Songdo Championship event, becoming the first full-field PGA Tour event in Asia.