Friday, December 17, 2010

Tickets and Packages: 2011 Presidents Cup "Melbourne-Australia"

New Year 2011 is in sight. And championship golf  "The Presidents Cup 2011" season will also begin. Be you a part of the competition. This game launches at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Leaders from the political, sports, media and corporate communities gathered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday to officially launch The Presidents Cup 2011, which will be held at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 17-20, 2011.

The program included remarks from Premier of Victoria -- The Honorable John Brumby and Australian golf great Peter Thomson and taped messages from International Team Captain Greg Norman, United States Team Captain Fred Couples and PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. Following the program, guests were given the rare opportunity to walk out onto the grounds at the MCG and take golf shots for a closest to the pin competition.

"I have to admit, I am jealous of all of you for getting to test your golf swings on the hallowed grounds at the MCG," Norman told the audience during his remarks.

Premier John Brumby talked about the Victorian Government's support of and partnership with The Presidents Cup. With a stretch of golf courses on Melbourne's sandbelt that rival any similar stretch in all of the world, the entire country of Australia will be showcased to nearly 600 million homes in approximately 200 countries worldwide. The Victorian Government has a long-term commitment to develop Melbourne as a golfing destination that rivals the likes of Scotland and Ireland. The government's Golf Tourism Action Plan 2009-2012 outlines strategies for securing even more golf events and encouraging more travel to the sandbelt courses.

"The Presidents Cup is one of the world's great sporting events attracting the international golfing world, Heads of State and industry leaders and is watched by millions of people globally," Premier Brumby said. "This event is one of the jewels in golf's crown, and I am delighted that Melbourne will once again play host in 2011, the first time any city outside of America has been given the honour of hosting The Presidents Cup a second time."

Since the tournament's inception in 1994, The Presidents Cup has given close to $22 million to charity. All proceeds from the tournament are split equally by the players, who receive no personal compensation for playing in the event, to choose charities to receive the funds.

The Presidents Cup 2011 will see the return of 2009 team captains Fred Couples and Greg Norman. As first-time captains at The Presidents Cup 2009 in San Francisco, Couples and Norman each led strong teams as they competed in front of record crowds at Harding Park Golf Course. The U.S. Team retained the Cup, winning by a score of 19-1/2 to 14-1/2 to stretch their overall record in the competition to 6-1-1. The International Team's lone victory in the event came in 1998 which was also held at Royal Melbourne.

Thomson was the captain of that winning International squad.

"The city of Melbourne and the entire country of Australia should be proud to host what is one of the great golf events in the world," Thomson said. "Winning the Presidents Cup in 1998 was one of the highlights of my career."

Players from both teams have until Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, to qualify with names like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker looking to make the United States squad. The International team will be made up of the top ten international players (excluding those eligible for the European Ryder Cup team). This could include players like Australia's own Geoff Ogilvy, Rob Allenby and Adam Scott as well as Ernie Els, Mike Weir and Camilo Villegas. The captains will then each make two additional selections to the teams on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2011

Photos from the Corporate Launch can be found on the additional attachment of this press release. For high resolution versions of these photos, or for those interested in corporate hospitality for The Presidents Cup in 2011, contact Matt Kamienksi, Executive Director of The Presidents Cup at, +61 3 9094 0701.

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