“Now that’s epic,” or so goes the PGA Tour tagline when referencing this year’s President’s Cup, which is being held Oct 6-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in the Songdo area of Incheon.
Unlike the Ryder Cup, which pits US golfers against Europeans, the President’s Cup features Americans vs players from the rest of the world. Jay Haas and Nick Price are captaining this year’s respective US and international teams, with KJ Choi (pronounced “Chey”) a vice captain for the latter. Although rosters have yet to be finalized, spectators are assured of seeing many of the world’s top players—Jason Day, Adam Scott, and Thongchai Jaidee are set to participate for the international squad, with Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, and Zach Johnson among the most probable American players. Of local interest, New Zealander Danny Lee ranks right around 10th for the internationals, while South Korean Byeong-Hun An is flirting just outside of qualifying as the competition nears. (Sorry, Tiger Woods won’t be there, unless as a spectator.)
The tournament has doubles and singles matches, with six per Thursday and Friday session, five on Saturday, and 12 one-on-one games Sunday. No matter the format, each victory is worth a single point, ties a half-point, with the victorious side being the first to reach 17.5 points. Since the first installment in 1994, US teams have put up a record of 8-1-1, with the only tie coming in 2003 after captains Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus agreed to call the match amid fading daylight.
Go to ticket.interpark.com “exhibitions/sports” to buy passes, which run KRW30,000/day for the Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds, KRW85,000/day for Thursday and Friday, and KRW125,000/day for Saturday and Sunday. Week-long passes are also available for KRW400,000, or KRW600,000 with access to the snazzy Captain’s Club (drinks not included). If not sold out, prices will rise if bought at the gate. English enquires should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.