New Senior Ryder Cup-Inspired Event Launched

The World Champions Cup will feature Europe, USA and World teams made up of golfing legends

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The World Champions Cup will feature Europe, USA and World teams made up of golfing legends

New Senior Ryder Cup-Inspired Event Launched

The PGA Tour has unveiled a new senior Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup style event, featuring Team USA, Team Europe and Team World.

The event will feature three teams of six, with Jim Furyk captaining the Americans, Darren Clarke captaining the Europeans and Ernie Els captaining 'Team World', the equivalent of the Presidents Cup's Internationals.

All three captains will be playing captains, and the tournament's Chairman will be seven-time PGA Tour winner and commentator Peter Jacobsen.

Known as the World Champions Cup, the event is set to be played in the fall/autumn of 2022 over three days.

It will be contested over 'one of America's great golf courses', with the format set to be twice-daily nine hole matches featuring team and singles play, with points being earned for each hole won in each match.

Big name players who could compete alongside Furyk, Els and Clarke include the likes of Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie, Retief Goosen, Bernhard Langer, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

It is the brainchild of sports media and marketing firm Intersport, which was also behind the launch of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019.

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“International team golf events have provided me with some of my greatest golf memories,” Ernie Els said.

“I have spent my career competing in global golf championships and supporting the growth of the game across the world. It’s a great honor to be named the captain of Team World for the inaugural World Champions Cup.”

“I am excited to lead Team USA and recapture the great global team championships I have been fortunate enough to enjoy during my career,” Jim Furyk said.

“For more than 20 years, I have been competing against Ernie and Darren, and I look forward to having the chance to captain Team USA and play against them in the World Champions Cup.”

“I am extremely proud to be named captain of Team Europe for the inaugural playing of the World Champions Cup,” Darren Clarke said.

“To be selected along with Jim and Ernie, two of golf’s all-time great players, is an honor. I have been fortunate to compete in many global team events, but I am as excited about captaining and playing in the World Champions Cup as I ever have been throughout my career.”

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV