After playing captain Tiger Woods inspired his side to a dramatic fightback victory in 2019, Team USA will be targeting a ninth straight Presidents Cup victory at Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, this week. Scroll through the gallery to look back at the previous 13 editions of the biennial event.
Former US President Gerald R. Ford (pictured) served as the honorary chairman for the inaugural Presidents Cup, hosted at Robert Jones Trent Golf Club in Gainsville, Virginia in September 1994.
Captained by Hale Irwin (pictured center-right), the US Team eased to a comfortable 20-12 victory over David Graham’s International Team at the maiden event, with 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples registering a flawless 3-0-0 record in his matches.
The 1996 Presidents Cup was one of the closest run in the tournament’s history. As the event returned to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Arnold Palmer — pictured with honorary chairman former President George H.W. Bush — captained the US to a nail-biting 16.5 – 15.5 victory over Peter Thomson’s International side.
As the 3rd edition of the event, in 1998, saw the tournament leave the US for the first time, so too did the trophy, as the International Team registered its only Presidents Cup win to date. Under Thomson’s captaincy, it did so in some style too, roaring to a 20.5 – 11.5 victory at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.
It was back to Virginia for the 2000 Presidents Cup, as US Captain Ken Venturi oversaw a commanding 21.5 – 10.5 victory over Thomson’s side. Two-time Open champion Greg Norman (R) featured again for the International Team, with 42nd US President Bill Clinton (L) the event’s honorary chairman.
History was made at the 5th edition of the tournament, in 2003, as George, South Africa, played host to the Presidents Cup’s sole tie — a 17-17 stalemate. Gary Player (L) captained the International Team for the first time in his home country, agreeing to share the trophy with US skipper Jack Nicklaus (R) after three tied playoff holes between Ernie Els and Tiger Woods.
Woods (L) and David Toms (R) celebrate another US triumph following a 18.5 – 15.5 victory at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in 2005. Chris DiMarco fittingly clinched victory for the Americans having secured a team-best 4.5 points.
US player Woody Austin walked to the 14th green in a dive mask on the final day of the 2007 Presidents Cup (a reference to the fact that he’d fallen in the water earlier in the tournament), as his team swam to a leisurely 19.5 – 14.5 win at Royal Montreal Golf Club in Quebec, Canada.
Tiger fever hit San Francisco in 2009, as a scintillating 5-0-0 performance from Woods (L) powered the US Team — captained by Fred Couples for the first time — to a 19.5 – 14.5 win and a sixth Presidents Cup victory at Harding Park Golf Club.
Woods’ teammate Jim Furyk took charge with a flawless five-point performance of his own as the Presidents Cup returned to Royal Melbourne in 2011. Yet it was Woods who clinched the decisive point in a 19-15 American victory.
Team USA clocked its fifth successive victory as Muirfield Village Golf Club, Ohio, hosted the 10th edition of the Presidents Cup, in 2013. President Barack Obama served as honorary chairman for the second time, and welcomed both rosters to the White House the following year.
The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, took center stage as the Presidents Cup traveled to Asia for the first time, in 2015. Home hero Bae Sang-Moon impressed, but couldn’t prevent an agonizing 14.5 – 15.5 loss as the International Team suffered defeat for the sixth-straight time.
A string of former US Presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton (L-R) — descended upon New Jersey for the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club. Incumbent President Donald Trump handed the trophy to US captain Steve Stricker following a 19-11 American victory.
Hosting the Presidents Cup for the third time, Royal Melbourne teed up an enthralling contest in 2019. Captained by South African icon Ernie Els, the International Team held a two-point lead after the first three days, only for playing captain Tiger Woods to kickstart a stunning fightback on Sunday to clinch a 16-14 US win.