Presidents Cup – Obama to play a role

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US President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to become honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup.

US President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation to become honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup.

The recently elected Obama will become the eighth world leader to have held the position when the event is played in October, following the likes of former Australian prime minister John Howard and former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush.

The Presidents Cup is contested in a Ryder Cup format between two 12-player teams, with the United States facing a line-up selected from players from the rest of the world outside of Europe.

Traditionally it has tended to be made up of South Africans, Australians, Canadians, Asians, and South Americans.

Australia’s long-time former World No 1 Greg Norman is this year’s non-playing captain, a role Gary Player had filled in previous President Cups.

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