Liberty National Golf Course has been selected as the host venue for the 2017 edition of the Presidents Cup in a move that marks the beginning of a 25-year partnership between the New Jersey course and the PGA Tour.
Under the new agreement, Liberty National will stage up to 10 PGA Tour events over the course of the deal. The 2017 edition of the Presidents Cup, which will be the next time it is staged in the US, will form part of this deal. The event will take place at Liberty National from September 25 until October 1, 2017.
The Jersey City venue will become just the fourth golf course in the US to host the team match-play competition, joining Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, TPC Harding Park and Muirfield Village Golf Club. The latter course staged the most recent edition of the Presidents Cup in 2013, with the United States defeating the International team.
“We’ve had several very compelling announcements relative to the future of the Presidents Cup so far this summer, but standing in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty to announce Liberty National as our next US-based host of the event is really the icing on the cake,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.
“The Presidents Cup has come so far in its relatively short history, and seeing the world’s best players compete in this market, on this incredibly fantastic venue with such an amazing backdrop in 2017 is something fans of this great game will never forget.”
Liberty National co-founder Paul Fireman has also announced a $5m (€3.8m) commitment to golf-focused nonprofit youth development organisation The First Tee over five years, beginning in 2015. Half of this amount has been earmarked for programs in the New York and New Jersey area. Liberty National will also host an annual fundraising event with money going to local chapters.
Fireman added: “This new 25-year agreement is a mutual acknowledgement of trust and respect between commissioner Finchem, the PGA Tour, Liberty and our membership. We embrace this selection with great pride and look forward to fostering this relationship for years to come.”