South Korea Hosts Golf’s President Cup
John Kim, Oct. 8, 2015, 8:43 a.m.
The opening ceremony of the Presidents Cup took place in Incheon on Wednesday. The biennial team golf tournament is broadcast in 30 languages to 225 countries around the world, and features the U.S. vs the rest of the world except for Europe, which competes against the U.S. in another team event, the Ryder Cup.
Korea is the first Asian host of the event, which has been held in Australia, Canada, South Africa and the U.S. This is 11th competition since 1994. It will be held at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from Thursday to Sunday.
President Park Geun-hye, an honorary chair of this year's tournament, attended the opening ceremony. The president or prime minister of the host country takes on the honorary chair of the event. Former U.S. President George W. Bush was among the dignitaries who attended.
A total of 24 golf stars including world No. 1 Jordan Spieth of the U.S. and No. 2 Jason Day of Australia will be playing in the four day event. The U.S. has won eight of the 10 titles. Golfers traditionally attend the opening ceremony with their wife, girlfriend or mother. Spieth came with his high school sweetheart Annie Verret.
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson accompanied his former basketball player wife Angie and Phil Mickelson of the U.S. his wife Amy. The golfers' ladies all dress identically according to their team -- a white and red dress for the U.S. and a black one for the international team. The cup's proceeds are donated to charities nominated by each team. The previous 10 events contributed a total of US$32 million.