Presidents Cup Results: Year-on-Year History of the Biennial Competition Between the Americans and Internationals

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There’s something to be said for representing your country or region on an international stage, and that’s what makes events like the Presidents Cup so special.

“If you look at our team, we’re trying to capitalize on the international team that represents billions of people around the world,” captain Trevor Immelman said in 2022. “So we’re trying to tap into that, to inspire the young people everywhere and to welcome fans from all those countries to support us in one way or another, shape or form because we are their team.”

The best players from the United States and around the world (aside from Europe) come together every two years to compete in a series of matches, and while the Americans have dominated the event, there have been close calls (and a quite a few blowouts) on the way.

As the 14th round of the biannual competition prepares for Thursday’s tee at Quail Hollow Club, browse the year-by-year history and results of the Presidents Cup.

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1994 Presidents Cup

United States final. International, 20-12

The United States won the inaugural Presidents Cup, 20-12, in 1994 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia. Playing captain Hale Irwin earned two points in three games for the Americans, including a win in Sunday’s singles against Robert Allenby. Team USA’s Fred Couples (3-0-0) and Davis Love III (4-0-1) both remained unbeaten while Vijay Singh (3-1-1) and Peter Senior (2-1-0) were the only players winning records for the Internationals.

1994 Presidents Cup

1994 Presidents Cup

The US team poses with the Presidents Cup after their 20-12 win in 1994. (Photo: Gary Newkirk/ALLSPORT)

1996 Presidents Cup

United States final. International, 16.5-15.5

The second edition – again at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia – was much closer than the first. David Duval (4-0-0) and Mark O’Meara (5-0-0) led the way for Team USA, but Saturday’s stakes from the Internationals kept it close. Peter Thomson’s squad trailed 7.5-2.5 on Saturday before winning the morning four-ball, 3-2, and the afternoon foursomes, 4-1, to climb one point behind the Americans. The teams split Sunday’s singles, 6-6, to give the US a narrow win.

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1996 Presidents Cup

1996 Presidents Cup

The US team after winning the Presidents Cup at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/TBEN via Getty Images)

1998 Presidents Cup

Internationals final. United States, 20.5-11.5

For the first and only time in the event’s history, the Internationals beat their American counterparts in 1998 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. Four Americans remained scoreless, including Duval, who was the second best player in the US in ’96. Tiger Woods made his event debut with a 2-3-0 record, including Sunday’s singles win over Greg Norman. Seven international players scored 3 or more points, with Shigeki Maruyama making a perfect 5-0-0.

1998 Presidents Cup

1998 Presidents Cup

The Internationals celebrate their 1998 win at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Craig Jones /Allsport)

2000 Presidents Cup

United States final. International, 21.5-10.5

When the event returned to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in 2000, the result was more like the first than the second. The Americans won by 11 points thanks to a foursome sweep on Thursday, 10 of the 12 players earned 3 points or more and Stewart Cink and Davis Love III each went a perfect 4-0-0.

2000 Presidents Cup

2000 Presidents Cup

The USA pose with the trophy during the 2000 Presidents Cup. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/TBEN via Getty Images)

2003 Presidents Cup

United States and Internationals tie, 17-17

When the 2002 event was rescheduled after the September 11 attacks on the US, Jack Nicklaus took the Americans to South Africa to battle Gary Player’s International at the Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate. Tied 17-17 at the end of the rules, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els battled it out in a playoff, but the first three holes were tied, yielding the only tie in the event’s 28-year history.

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2003 Presidents Cup

2003 Presidents Cup

Gary Player, captain of the international team, and Jack Nicklaus, captain of the US team, after they agreed to share the Presidents Cup in 20003. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

2005 Presidents Cup

United States final. International, 18.5-15.5

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Club hosted its fourth time in 2005 (the only course to do so in the event’s history) and the match ended in Sunday singles. Davis Love, Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco earned 2.5 points on the stretch to give the Americans a three-point win.

2005 Presidents Cup

2005 Presidents Cup

The United States team poses with the Presidents Cup after beating the international team, 18.5-15.5, in 2005. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

2007 Presidents Cup

United States final. International, 19.5-14.5

Player and Nicklaus last faced each other in 2007 as captains at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in Canada. The US lost 7-5 in singles on Sunday, but maintained a five-point win after dominant showings in the foursome on Thursday (5.5-0.5) and Saturday’s foursome (5-0).

2007 Presidents Cup

2007 Presidents Cup

The US team poses with after winning the 2007 Presidents Cup. (Photo: David Boily/TBEN via Getty Images)

2009 Presidents Cup

United States final. International, 19.5-14.5

Welcome to the party, Anthony Kim. The viral star (before going viral was even a thing) went 3-1-0 in his Presidents Cup debut, but the talk of the event was none other than Tiger Woods, who made a perfect 5-0-0 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California.

2009 Presidents Cup

2009 Presidents Cup

Team USA poses after winning the 2009 President’s Cup. (Photo: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

Presidents Cup 2011

United States final. Internationals, 19-15

The competition returned to the site of Australia’s only international win in 1998, Royal Melbourne, where Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was Honorary President, the first woman to hold the role. Fred Couples and the Americans won Greg Norman’s Internationals for the second consecutive year with a lineup of six rookies, including Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson. Jim Furyk did his best Tiger Woods impression with a perfect 5-0-0 record.

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Presidents Cup 2011

Presidents Cup 2011

The US team poses with a trophy after winning the 2011 Presidents Cup (Photo: Paul Crock/TBEN via Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2013

United States final. International, 18.5-15.5

Fred Couples converted the three-peat to American captain, beating a feisty side led by Nick Price at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Jordan Spieth, the longest-serving member of the 2022 Presidents Cup team, made his debut, going 2-2-0 in the winning attempt (despite the Americans losing Sunday’s singles by three).

Presidents Cup 2013

Presidents Cup 2013

Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods celebrate after winning the 2013 Presidents Cup. (Photo: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports)

Presidents Cup 2015

United States final. International, 15.5-14.5

At another Jack Nicklaus course, this time in South Korea, the Internationals had the Americans in charge before Bill Haas earned the crucial final point on the final hole with his 2-up win over Sang-moon Bae to take the one- shot win. Branden Grace went 5-0-0 in the losing attempt and Louis Oosthuizen 4-0-1.

Presidents Cup 2015

Presidents Cup 2015

The US team poses with the trophy after winning the 2015 President Cup. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/TBEN via Getty Images)

Presidents Cup 2017

United States final. Internationals, 19-11

After the close call in Korea, the Americans returned to their winning ways at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey. The US won every session except the Sunday singles where, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, they lost by three (although the event was already in the bag as the Americans led 14.5-3.5 on the final day ). Half of the US teams earned 3.5 or more points.

Presidents Cup 2017

Presidents Cup 2017

Justin Thomas takes a selfie with his US teammates after they win the 2017 President’s Cup. (Photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Presidents Cup 2019

United States final. Internationals, 16-14

The event returned to Royal Melbourne for the second time in ten years and the Americans once again struggled. The Sunday singles trailed two, 10-8, captain Tiger Woods’ side fought back against Ernie Els and the Internationals, winning six games and playing four more to turn the game around and win by two.

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