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PRESIDENTS CUP

Tiger Woods of the United States and Ernie Els of South Africa are captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

International Mission The host team in Australia won’t lack for motivation against the Americans two years after a record defeat in New Jersey

By Ben Everill

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etribution. It is a theme that will be running through the 2019 Presidents Cup when it is played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia December 12-15. For the International team, the desire to execute—particularly in front of a home crowd—comes from a lengthy period of losses. There is no way to sugarcoat it—the 2017 Presidents Cup was a bloodbath. The Americans, led by captain Steve Stricker, gave their International counterparts a thorough defeat. Such was the domination, for a while it looked as if the outcome was 46  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019, Part 2

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going to be clear before the singles session on Sunday. By the time the dust had settled on the final day at Liberty National in New Jersey, the United States Team had prevailed 19-11 over Nick Price’s Internationals, the biggest winning margin since 2000 in the biennial event. It took the U.S. Team to a 10-1-1 overall record in the Presidents Cup. And it leaves the Internationals still burning to replicate the lone victory they had way back in 1998. Coincidentally that came at Royal Melbourne, where Peter Thomson led his men to a huge 20½ -11½ win on the

Facing page [l]: Kevin Chappell of the U.S. Team plays a shot on the 17th hole during Sunday singles matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on October 1, 2017.

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