2013 PGA Cup

By john.holmes

2013 PGA Cup

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

The United States Team gathered for a group portrait Wednesday at Slaley Hall. Back row (L-R): PGA Secretary Paul Levy, Chip Sullivan, Ryan Polzin, Jeff Sorenson, Mike Small, Bob Sowards, Rod Perry, PGA Vice President Derek Sprague and PGA COO Darrell Crall. Front Row (L-R): Kelly Mitchum, Matt Dobyns, USA Team Captain and PGA Honorary President Allen Wronowski, JC Anderson and Mark Sheftic.

26TH PGA CUP
Dates: September 20-22, 2013
Venue: Hunting Course, DeVere Slaley Hall
Location: Northumberland, England
2011 Recap: Relive the 25th PGA Cup
Twitter Hashag: #PGACup

PLAYER PROFILES: United States Team | Great Britain & Ireland Team

PGA CUP LINKS: Official media guide | Fact sheet | About the Llandudno Trophy

PHOTO GALLERIES: Tuesday | Wednesday

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Great Britain & Ireland will have a full 10-member roster of rookies this year, while the United States will have six first-time competitors. But while some players have more match-play experience than others, the difference between veterans and rookies might be shrinking based on the depth of talent worldwide.
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The United States will send six rookies and four veterans into the premier international showcase for PGA club professionals. The 10-member squad was determined at the 95th PGA Championship, concluding a two-year points system that comprises the past two PGA Professional National Championships and two PGA Championships.

Russell Weir, the 2011 GB&I captain and joint record-holder for PGA Cup appearances, will have the chance to avenge his team’s loss to the United States in 2011. “I am absolutely over the moon and it’s great to have another go to make up for last time,” said Weir, the former PGA head professional at Cowal Golf Club. “It’s another chance to get my hands on that trophy and to win it for the PGA.”

THE PGA CUP:

Format: Identical to the Ryder Cup, play includes two days of foursomes (two-man teams in alternate shot) and four-ball (two-man teams in better ball) and a final day of singles (18 holes at match play).

Prize Money and Honors: No prize money is awarded. Members of both teams compete solely for their country and their country’s right of possession of the Llandudno International Golf Trophy.

History: The PGA Cup originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club as a match-play competition between the top PGA club professionals from United States and Europe. It was held annually until 1984, when it was switched to a biennial event at alternating sites. The teams began with nine players, but the rosters were expanded to 10 in 1988. From 1973-88, the European team was comprised of PGA club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. The format was changed from 1990-94, opening up qualifying spots to professionals throughout Europe. The selection process was revised in 1996 to feature only Great Britain & Ireland players.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/2013-pga-cup

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