|2011 United States
PGA Cup Team
The PGA Cup
The finest PGA Golf Professionals from the United States competed against their counterparts from Great Britain & Ireland in the 25th PGA Cup, Sept. 16-18, 2011, at CordeValle, in San Martin, Calif.
The 10-member team from the United States jumped out to a 6-2 lead at the end of Day One, in the biennial competition that is the international showcase for PGA Professionals. The U.S. applied the necessary muscle it needed in Foursomes for the second day in a row, winning all but one of the four afternoon matches. That pushed the American’s advantage to 10 1/2 to 5 1/2 over Great Britain & Ireland, setting up a Sunday Singles where the hosts needed just 2 1/2 points to retain the Llandudno International Golf Trophy.
The team went on to win six of 10 singles matches and halved two others for a 17 1/2 - 8 1/2 victory. The U.S. now owns a 17-5-3 overall record and remains unbeaten on home soil.
The PGA Cup was originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, as an outgrowth of the PGA Professional National Championship. Structured after the format of the Ryder Cup, the PGA Cup features the top playing PGA Professionals from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The competition was held annually until 1984, when both sides agreed to hold this event biennially at alternating sites.
A silver piece of athletic hardward, the Llandudno International Golf Trophy bears the name of one of Wales' top resorts and one of its largest ports. The trophy stands 26 1/2 inches and weighs nearly 18 pounds.
The PGA Cup will be played in September 2013 at Slaley Hall's Hunting Course in Northumberland, England.
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