Nine tees up Presidents Cup

Nine will air the 2011 Presidents Cup golfing tournament from Melbourne, the first city outside the US to host more than once.

The Nine Network will screen golfing tournament The Presidents Cup from Melbourne in November, 2011.

With Tiger Woods in possible contention, it would surely be a profile event at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Woods played at the Australian Masters last November, just before his sex scandal broke.

The Presidents Cup, held every two years, pits 12 players from the United States against a 12-strong International team representing the rest of the world less Europe.

The US team will be captained by Fred Couples. Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Ricky Fowler are also among the top US players in contention for selection.

Greg Norman will captain the International team. The Australians who will be vying for selection include Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Michael Sim, Marc Leishman, Richard Green, Matthew Goggin and John Senden. Former world number one Ernie Els and South African countryman Retief Goosen, dual winner of the US Open, are also top contenders for the Internationals.

Both teams are yet to be finalised.

Wide World of Sports will broadcast all four days of The Presidents Cup action live. The Today Show will also broadcast live from the course on the opening day and day two, featuring live interviews and play.

“Nine is delighted to add The Presidents Cup to its Wide World of Sports schedule, which boasts the best calendar of premium sporting events within Australia and around the world,” Jeffrey Browne, Nine Network Executive Director, said.

Woods returns to Melbourne for the 2010 Australian Masters, to be broadcast on Nine and FOX Sports from The Victoria Golf Club from 11 – 14 November.

It will take place from 17-20 November, 2011.

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  1. I predicted Nine and Fox Sports were front-runners to win the rights to the President’s Cup, so the confirmation is not a surprise. Nine will be hoping the ratings will be better than the 1998 tournament also at Royal Melbourne, which was broadcast on Seven. And Nine will be hoping there won’t be a cricket test involving Australia during November 17-20 next year!

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