The PGA Tour is thrilled about bringing the 2017 Presidents Cup to New Jersey and Liberty National Golf Club. Why? Well, just listen to Candace Reinheimer, PGA Tour Manager of Communications.
“Seeing the world’s best players compete in the New Jersey market, at such an incredibly fantastic venue with the amazing backdrop of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty in 2017, is something fans of this great game will never forget.”
The event that pits the top players from the U.S. against an international team, sans Europe, will be held Sept. 28 through Oct.1.
Reinheimer said New York City and New Jersey were selected to host the Presidents Cup for many reasons, not the least of which are its history, setting, ideal location and passionate fan base. “Bringing our biggest global event to the world’s epicenter of culture and commerce has very special meaning to the Presidents Cup and the PGA Tour. This is our most prestigious international competition and it couldn’t be a more fitting city to welcome everyone, players, captains, captains assistants and fans, to a city that is so iconic to American culture and has a history of being the welcome point for so many international visitors.”
The PGA Tour has competed previously at Liberty National with The Northern Trust tournament held there in 2009 and 2013. Reinheimer said there is a long-term relationship with the Fireman family, owners of Liberty National, in place that will see some of the Tour’s biggest and best events staged there over the next quarter century. “The Firemans have exemplified a true dedication to the future of the game, and we are thrilled to work with them to showcase Liberty National and the PGA Tour in an incredible way.”
During a press conference held last October to tout the event, U.S. Team captain, Steve Stricker, stated, “It’s an exciting time for The Presidents Cup to be staged in a huge metropolitan area like New York City and New Jersey with the backdrop of the skyline of New York City and One World Trade Center. So, we are very excited to be coming to Liberty National.”
During the same press conference, International Team captain, South African Nick Price, stated, “I wasn’t born in this country, but this is such a small world for all of us, and 15 years ago with the tragedy that happened at the Trade Center I think the world became a smaller place and we were all one at that point. Even though we will be representing our respective countries, we will play for the benefit the charities and the goodwill of the metropolitan area.”
Reinheimer said The Presidents Cup Fan Experience will capitalize on the event’s location “to celebrate global golf and drive awareness of the event in the New York metropolitan area,” allowing fans, even those who don’t have tickets to the competition, to immerse themselves in the pageantry and global appeal that epitomizes the Presidents Cup.
In partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield Brand Ventures and produced in conjunction with Lagardere Sports, the Presidents Cup Fan Experience will be open to the public from Tuesday through Sunday of tournament week and will feature a variety of interactive and activities, with no ticket required. A sample of the planned activities include a “44 million yard challenge,” a 4D Immersive Dome Experience, a Global Tasting Experience, interactive programs, including meet-and-greets and autograph signings, as well as an official merchandise area.
Reinheimer said the PGA Tour expects record crowds and is well on the way to a sell-out event. “We would encourage anyone interested in attending to secure their tickets on www.PresidentsCup.com.”