President Donald J. Trump accepts Honorary Chairman role for the 2017 Presidents Cup

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President Donald J. Trump (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr)

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey – Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, has accepted an invitation to be Honorary Chairman of the Presidents Cup when the competition returns to the United States for the 12th staging, this year at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sept. 26-Oct. 1.

“We’re honored to have President Trump join a long list of world leaders who have accepted this role, especially as we embark on our first playing in the New York Metropolitan area,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We look forward to him being involved in the event in any capacity his schedule allows.”

“It is a great honor for me to be even a small part of the Presidents Cup,” said President Trump. “I have watched it since the very first tournament in 1994. It gets better with age. This will be the greatest of them all.”

President Trump is part of a distinguished group of 10 world leaders who have previously held the position of Honorary Chairman at the Presidents Cup.
1994 – 38th U.S. President, Gerald R. Ford
1996 – 41st U.S. President, George H.W. Bush
1998 – Prime Minister John Howard, Australia
2000 – 42nd U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton
2003 – President Thabo Mbeki, Republic of South Africa
2005 – 43rd U.S. President, George W. Bush
2007 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada
2009 – 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama
2011 – Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australia
2013 – 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama
2015 – President Park Geun-hye, South Korea

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 U.S. Team has won nine of the 11 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. A historic 17-17 tie came in 2003 when the event was held in South Africa.

Liberty National will be just the fourth golf course in the United States to host the prestigious team match-play competition, joining Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Va., (1994, 1996, 2000, 2005), TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif., (2009) and Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio (2013).  One of the world’s most picturesque golf courses, Liberty National is located along the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey, with striking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Manhattan skyline. The golf club fittingly opened on July 4, 2006, and is guided by the vision and leadership of former Reebok Founder/Chairman & CEO Paul Fireman, currently chairman of Fireman Capital Partners, and his son Dan Fireman, managing partner of Fireman Capital Partners. Designed by U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite and the late, esteemed golf course mastermind Bob Cupp, Liberty National has been the proud host to the first event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs in 2009 and 2013.
Steve Stricker will be leading the U.S. Team as captain for the first time in 2017 as it returns to American soil, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price will lead the International Team for the third time.

The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money.  Players are not personally paid for their participation, but each competitor receives an allocation of funds for charity of their choice. Since 1994, more than $38.4 million has been contributed to charities around the world, including a record $6 million distributed from the staging of the 2015 event. 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.

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