PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR has named IMG as the operations partner for The Presidents Cup 2011, which will be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 17-20, 2011.
IMG will work in concert with the PGA TOUR's Championship Management staff and be responsible for all on-site event operational components for this prestigious international golf competition. IMG owns, operates or manages nearly 40 tournaments around the world including the Australian Masters.
"IMG's extensive experience in operating tournaments around the world, and specifically in Australia, will be a valuable asset to the TOUR as The Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne Golf Club," said Matt Kamienski, executive director of The Presidents Cup. "The Victorian Government and people of Melbourne hosted a first-class event in 1998 and everyone involved looks forward to another exciting event down under in two years."
"Australia is one of the strongest golf markets in the world and hosting The Presidents Cup again in 2011 will continue to boost the popularity of the sport there," said Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President for IMG, and Director of IMG Golf's Asia-Pacific region. "IMG is very pleased to be working with the PGA TOUR, and it is an honor to assist in making the return of this world-class event to Australia a huge success."
Royal Melbourne Golf Club previously played host to The Presidents Cup in 1998, and in 2011 will become the first golf course outside the United States to host The Presidents Cup more than once. The most recent Presidents Cup was held in October 2009 at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., where the U.S. team, lead by Fred Couples, defeated Greg Norman's International Team, 19-1/2 to 14-1/2.