27TH PGA CUP
Dates: September 18-20, 2015
Venue: CordeValle Golf Club
Location: San Martin, California
Twitter Hashtag: #PGACup
With everything coming down to the final hole of the final singles match, Great Britain and Ireland accomplished something they had never done before on United States soil: Win the PGA Cup.
U.S. PGA Cup Captain Allen Wronowski won't be taking the Llandudno International Trophy home, but he will be leaving CordeValle with a very special piece of hardware. At a dinner on Saturday night, the U.S. Team presented Wronowski with a statue of a flying eagle -- something that has particular significance to Wronowski, who works with the Folds of Honor, a foundation supports the familes of our fallen soldiers.
Ten Sunday singles matches will determine the next address of the Llandudno International Trophy as the United States and Great Britain & Ireland are tied, 8-8, through two days of partner play. This is the PGA Cup's first two-day deadlock since 1996.
At 8-8 through two days of play, the 27th PGA Cup couldn't be any closer. And when you talk about "close," the U.S. team couldn't be any closer, either, thanks to Captain Allen Wronowski's leadership and the unique make-up of the players on the squad.
Great Britain & Ireland evened up the PGA Cup by winning 2½ of the four points available in Saturday morning’s four fourball matches. The last time the PGA Cup was tied, 6-6, after Saturday morning play was 2007 at Reynolds Plantation.
In match play, it's not over until it's over. The America pair of Omar Uresti and Grant Sturgeon proved that with an incredible comeback in the morning fourball session for a result that gave the entire U.S. team a big lift.
Alan Morin played a big part in Team USA's only victory Saturday morning, and Captain Allen Wronowski would happily have sent him back out in the afternoon. Morin, however, had a suggestion that he felt would improve the team's chances.
Great Britain & Ireland caught fire Friday morning at CordeValle before the United States found its own spark through a record-tying foursomes performance by Ohioans Jamie Broce and Bob Sowards to post a 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 lead after the first day of play.
"You know, I was never much of a morning guy," U.S. Captain Allen Wronowski said with a smile Friday night. "I always liked the afternoon better." Clearly, his feelings rubbed off on his team, which stumbled in the morning, then bounced back with a vengeance in the afternoon.
After a rough start, Team USA found itself down 3-1. Then Michael Block and Stuart Deane went out in the afternoon foursomes and gave their squad a real boost with a huge 8&7 victory.
The United States dug itself a 3-1 hole Friday morning, but that didn't stop Ohioans Bob Sowards and Jamie Broce from looking forward to their afternoon foursomes match. What they and their teammates need to do, they said, was keep driving well and be patient with the putter.
Great Britain & Ireland struck quickly Friday morning, capturing three of the first four fourball matches. It marked the first time since 1994 that GB&I had dominated the opening-day’s first session.
The man who guided the United States to a thrilling Ryder Cup victory in 1991 at Kiawah Island met members of the U.S. PGA Cup Team on Tuesday as they prepared for the 27th edition of the premier international event for PGA Club Professionals.
CordeValle ready, waiting to present challenge to PGA Cup squads
CordeValle PGA Head Professional Ray Otis says the greens are rolling firmly, the rough is up and all that remains is for the two squads to arrive at CordeValle and play to begin for the 2015 PGA Cup.
Players in a PGA Cup, according to PGA Master Professional Ron Hickman, display the same intensity, passion and pride for team and country as their Tour counterparts competing for the prized Ryder Cup trophy.
The United States will bid to protect its stellar record on home soil by sending seven rookies and three veterans to CordeValle. The 10-member team was determined via a two-year selection process that ended at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
THE PGA CUP:
Format: Identical to the Ryder Cup, play includes two days of foursomes (two-man teams in alternate shot) and four-ball (two-man teams in better ball) and a final day of singles (18 holes at match play).
Prize Money and Honors: No prize money is awarded. Members of both teams compete solely for their country and their country’s right of possession of the Llandudno International Golf Trophy.
History: The PGA Cup originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club as a match-play competition between the top PGA club professionals from United States and Europe. It was held annually until 1984, when it was switched to a biennial event at alternating sites. The teams began with nine players, but the rosters were expanded to 10 in 1988. From 1973-88, the European team was comprised of PGA club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. The format was changed from 1990-94, opening up qualifying spots to professionals throughout Europe. The selection process was revised in 1996 to feature only Great Britain & Ireland players.