Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Darren Clarke will be the captains in the new World Champions Cup which will debut in 2022.
It will be a Ryder Cup-style competition but feature three teams for the USA, Europe and the World.
Furyk, Els and Clarke will each be playing captains for teams made up of golfers 50 and over. Peter Jacobsen will serve as chairman of the inaugural event.
The World Champions Cup is sanctioned by the PGA Tour and will be an annual three-team, three-day match-play competition. Host golf courses have not been announced yet but organizers say the events “will be held at one of America’s great golf courses and will be contested across twice-daily, nine-hole matches featuring team formats and singles play, with points being earned for each hole won in each match. When the three-day competition concludes, the team with the highest point total across all matches will be crowned the champion.”
“We are excited to add this global event to the golf calendar starting in 2022 and are appreciative of Intersport’s passion to begin a new world-wide golf tradition,” Miller Brady, President of PGA Tour Champions said in a statement. “The World Champions Cup will give golf fans the opportunity to see the game’s greatest players come together in a team format on the world’s biggest stage. International team events are some of the most significant competitions in our game and it will be fun to see Ernie, Jim and Darren, along with their teammates, compete for the inaugural World Champions Cup next year.”
Old school rivalries renewed.
Brand new event coming Fall 2022.
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) March 16, 2021
Sports media and marketing firm Intersport is the driving force behind this new competition.
“This is a truly exciting day for golf fans and for all of us who love the game,” Charles N. Besser, Chairman and CEO of Intersport said in a statement. “Our team at Intersport has invested a significant amount of time and effort into developing this concept. The World Champions Cup is a continuation of Intersport’s history of launching significant new events that endure for decades. We are confident that the World Champions Cup will renew golf’s legendary rivalries on a global stage while bringing innovation to the game we love. We can’t wait to tee off in 2022.”
Intersport launched and operates the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit and is currently engaged in preliminary conversations with potential media partners, title sponsors, and host courses.
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