A new team concept is coming to the world of golf in 2022 as Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Darren Clarke have signed up to lead teams of Senior stars in the World Champions Cup.
Taking inspiration from The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, the event will feature teams from the United States, Europe and the Rest of the World and will be chaired by PGA Tour winner – and impression specialist – Peter Jacobsen.
Charles N. Besser, chairman and chief executive of Intersport, the media and marketing firm behind the concept, said: “This is a truly exciting day for golf fans and for all of us who love the game.
“Our team at Intersport has invested a significant amount of time and effort into developing this concept. The World Champions Cup is a continuation of Intersport’s history of launching significant new events that endure for decades.
“We are confident that the World Champions Cup will renew golf’s legendary rivalries on a global stage while bringing innovation to the game we love. We can’t wait to tee off in 2022.”
Intersport operates the Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA Tour, which began two years ago in Detroit and the Emmy award-winning agency also owns and operates nearly a dozen nationally televised sports properties across the United States.
The World Champions Cup will be sanctioned by the PGA Tour and will take place annually in the US, featuring a match play format with twice-daily, nine-hole matches.
Miller Brady, president of PGA Tour Champions, the organisation’s senior tour, said: “We are excited to add this global event to the golf calendar starting in 2022 and are appreciative of Intersport’s passion to begin a new worldwide golf tradition.
“The World Champions Cup will give golf fans the opportunity to see the game’s greatest players come together in a team format on the world’s biggest stage.”