Geneva, 16 September 2022 – Rolex will be present as the Official Timekeeper and Global Partner at the 2022 Presidents Cup, which will take place for the first time at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, from 22–25 September 2022.
The team competition is contested by the United States and an International selection comprising players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe. First held in 1994, the event has since been held biennially and alternates between venues in the U.S. and abroad.
For more than 50 years, Rolex has developed an enduring partnership with golf, one of the most successful between a brand and sport. The affiliation was established in 1967 when Arnold Palmer became the game’s first Rolex Testimonee. He was joined by close friends and fellow members of The Big Three, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Since then, Rolex has continued to strengthen those bonds, extending its support to every level of the game, including elite and amateur players, and all the Major championships and professional tours around the world.
UNIQUE SPIRIT AND ATMOSPHERE Created and organized by the PGA TOUR, the Presidents Cup is unique. No prize money is awarded and net proceeds are distributed to charities nominated by the captains, captains’ assistants and players. Since its inception, more than US$54.4 million has been raised for good causes around the world.
Renowned for its competitive spirit and diverse field, the Presidents Cup showcases golf’s finest talent in various playing formats, culminating with a series of one-on-one singles matches on the final day. The U.S. team has won 11 of the 13 editions to date, with one victory for the International team and one draw.
MODIFICATIONS TO QUAIL HOLLOW Designed in 1961 to capture the beauty and striking terrain of the Piedmont region, the Quail Hollow Club is primed for the arrival of thousands of passionate fans. Since its opening, the course has undergone a series of improvements, among them the modification of several holes in 1986 that was overseen by Palmer.
For this year’s event, the course has been rerouted, with the infamous “Green Mile” – holes 16, 17 and 18 – now playing as holes 13, 14 and 15. The rationale behind this reconfiguration was to ensure that matches are not completed before golfers reach this stretch and these classic holes remain in play.
ROLEX TESTIMONEES LEADING THE WAY Captaining the International team is Rolex Testimonee Trevor Immelman. Joining the South African as a captain’s assistant is fellow Rolex Testimonee, K.J. Choi from South Korea.
Ahead of the event, Immelman said:
“I have always loved playing in the Presidents Cup and it is a huge privilege to captain the International team at this year’s event. Developing a well-rounded, cohesive and representative team will be key to success at Quail Hollow. I made my assistants selections with this in mind and believe they will bring the perfect blend of leadership, experience and a deep understanding of what the Presidents Cup means and represents.”
Choi returns as a captain’s assistant for the third time, having previously served in 2015, when the tournament made its debut in his homeland, and 2019. He also competed for the Internationals in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
The U.S. team will be led by the experienced Davis Love III, who has won 21 events on the PGA TOUR, including a Major, the 1997 PGA Championship. He will be assisted by fellow Rolex Testimonee Fred Couples, a three-time winning captain of U.S. Presidents Cup teams and a two-time U.S. Ryder Cup team vice-captain. Couples also has a Major to his name, having won the Masters Tournament in 1992.
Love said:
“For me, the Presidents Cup is always a highlight of the golf calendar. This year, I am particularly excited to be leading the U.S. team in my home state and partner with my close friend Fred Couples. His experience and track record of success at the Presidents Cup will be invaluable. It promises to be an amazing week and hopefully we can retain the Cup.”
HISTORIC TESTIMONEE SUCCESS Rolex Testimonees have a proud record of success at the Presidents Cup. Tiger Woods, one of the greatest golfers the game has seen, captained the U.S. team to victory in 2019. He holds the record for the most singles victories (7) and is one of just five players to have a perfect record at a single edition of the event after winning all five of his matches across the various formats in 2009.
Legends of the game have also had the honor of leading their team. Nicklaus captained the U.S. on four occasions (1998, 2003, 2005, 2007) and Palmer in 1996.
ROLEX TESTIMONEE PRESIDENTS CUP WINNERS Fred Couples (1994, 1996, 2005) Rickie Fowler (2015, 2017, 2019) Davis Love III (1994, 1996, 2000, 2003*, 2005) Jack Nicklaus (1998, 2003*, 2005, 2007) Arnold Palmer (1996) Jordan Spieth (2013, 2015, 2017) Justin Thomas (2017, 2019) Tiger Woods (2000, 2003*, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2019)
*Match tied but title retained
ROLEX TESTIMONEE PRESIDENTS CUP-WINNING CAPTAINS Fred Couples (2009, 2011, 2013) Jack Nicklaus (1998, 2003*, 2005, 2007) Arnold Palmer (1996) Tiger Woods (2019)
INTERNATIONAL TEAM Trevor Immelman (South Africa, captain) K.J. Choi (South Korea, assistant captain) Sungjae Im (South Korea) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) Adam Scott (Australia)
U.S. TEAM Davis Love III (captain) Fred Couples (assistant captain) Scottie Scheffler Jordan Spieth Justin Thomas
ABOUT ROLEX AND GOLF Rolex is committed to the permanent quest for excellence in all its endeavours and has been a long-term supporter of golf in its pursuit of the same. The brand’s enduring relationship with the sport began more than 50 years ago, in 1967, when Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, became the brand’s first golfing Testimonees. Known together as The Big Three, these legendary players changed the face of golf forever, and their partnership with Rolex marked the beginning of a relationship based on the shared commitment to continuous improvement and unwavering precision. Since then, the affiliation has grown and flourished, permeating every level of the game worldwide. From elite players and golf legends to all the game’s Major championships, where success represents the pinnacle of achievement in the sport, as well as the foremost professional tours and worldwide amateur championships, Rolex is ever-present. In 2021 Rolex further deepened its support by becoming a Worldwide Partner of The Ryder Cup, to act as Official Timekeeper at every iteration of the sport’s pre-eminent team competition. The Swiss manufacturer’s support for the game is built on a strong sense of integrity and respect for tradition that promote the continuity of expertise and transfer of knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of investing in the sport’s development for future generations.
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