Trump accepts honorary chairman role for 2017 Presidents Cup

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[August 01, 2017]    The Sports Xchange

President Donald Trump accepted an invitation to be honorary chairman of the 2017 Presidents Cup this fall, the PGA Tour announced Monday.

 

The Presidents Cup returns to the United States for the 12th staging at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1.

Trump will become the 11th worldwide leader to serve in the position since the biennial event's inception in 1994. Presidents Bill Clinton (2000) and George W. Bush (2005) both held the role while in office, while Barack Obama did so in 2009 and 2013, the last time the tournament was held in the United States.

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

Steve Stricker will captain the American team in this year's event, while Nick Price will lead the International squad.

"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," PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said. "We look forward to him being involved in the event in any capacity his schedule allows."

The Presidents Cup is 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.

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