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On Wednesday, and a day before the start of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Jack Nicklaus and PGA Tour Commisioner Tim Finchem sat in the clubhouse at Firestone Country Club and made a historic announcement.
In 2015, the Presidents Cup will make it's first ever trip to Asia and on Wednesday it was announced that it would be held at a Jack Nicklaus designed course. Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea has been selected to host the event. Located in the Songdo International Business District, just 40 miles west of Seoul, opened in 2010 and has hosted a Champions Tour event as well as the Songdo Championship on the Asian Tour and the Korea Women's Open on the KLPGA Tour.
The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club is located in the country's largest economic development zone and is just one of the many world wide golf courses that the North Palm Beach resident either owns or has designed. Locally, Nicklaus has built his home course at Lost Tree Village and the Bears Club up the road in Jupiter. A Nicklaus course is also hosting this year's Presidents Cup when it returns to Muirfield Village in Ohio.
“Just over three years ago, we announced The Presidents Cup would be played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 2013," Finchem said. "Today, we further strengthen Jack Nicklaus’ commitment and connection to The Presidents Cup with the announcement that the course he designed at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will in 2015 host the event for its first foray into Asia. Like Muirfield Village, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is Jack’s vision and an impressive venue in its own right. We are thrilled to take The Presidents Cup there, which is not only a milestone in the event’s history, but also a significant step in further elevating the game of golf in Korea.”
In addition to today's announcement, Nicklaus will be accepting the Ambassador of Golf Award this weekend at Firestone Country Club. For more information on today's announcement and the Presidents Cup, visit www.presidentscup.com.