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Tournament information
Location 2015: San Martin, California, USA
Established 1973
Course(s) 2015: CordeValle Golf Club
Par 2015: 72
Length 2015: 7,360 yd (6,730 m)
Format Match play
Month played September
Current champion
Great Britain and Ireland (2015)

The PGA Cup is a men's golf competition for club professionals played between a Great Britain and Ireland team and a United States team. The winning team is presented with the Llandudno Trophy. The competition is run by the British PGA and the PGA of America. It was first played in 1973 and was an annual event until 1984, after which it became biennial.[1]

The 2015 PGA Cup, the 27th contest, was held at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California from September 18 to 20 and was won by Great Britain and Ireland by a score of 13½ to 12½, their first win since 2005.


The first two contests, at Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1973 and 1974, were contested for the Diamondhead Cup. Diamondhead Corp. was the owner of Pinehurst and sponsored the event. From 1975, the event was organised by the two PGAs and became known as the PGA Cup.[2]

In 1990 the event was opened up to the golfers from continental Europe[3] but from 1996 the British PGA team was again restricted to players from Great Britain and Ireland.


The trophy was first used for the Llandudno International Golf Trophy contested by the leading professionals from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The first tournament was in September 1938 and Llandudno council presented a silver trophy to the P.G.A. for the winning team. Percy Alliss, the captain of the winning English team, took possession of the trophy. It was intended that the tournament would be the first of a series of matches but the Second World War interrupted these plans and the contests were not restarted after the war. During Alliss's later years, the trophy was returned to the P.G.A. and was then used as the trophy for the PGA Cup.[4][5]


The event is contested by teams of ten players over three days, with four foursome and four fourball matches on each of the first two days, and ten single matches on the final day. All matches are over 18 holes.

The format of the PGA Cup has changed over the years. In 1973 and 1974 it was a two-day competition but in 1975 the event was expanded to three days. In the initial format only 8 of the 9 players contested the singles but from 1977 the whole team play in this session. From 1980 both foursomes and fourballs have been played on the first two days. The team size was increased from 9 to 10 in 1988 and the format has been unchanged since then, the only variation being the order of the foursomes or fourballs on the first two days.

Year Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon Morning Afternoon
1973–74 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 8 singles 16
1975–76 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 8 singles 16
1977–79 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 9 singles 17
1980 3 fourballs 3 foursomes 3 fourballs 3 foursomes 9 singles 21
1981–84 3 foursomes 3 fourballs 3 fourballs 3 foursomes 9 singles 21
1986 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 fourballs 4 foursomes 9 singles 25
1988–2005 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 10 singles 26
2007–date 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 10 singles 26
or or
4 fourballs 4 foursomes 4 fourballs 4 foursomes


Year Winners USA GB&I Host
Venue USA
2015 GB&I 12½ 13½ USA CordeValle, California Allen Wronowski Jon Bevan
2013 Tied 13 13 England Slaley Hall Allen Wronowski Russell Weir
2011 USA 17½ USA CordeValle, California Jim Remy Russell Weir
2009 USA 17½ Scotland The Carrick on Loch Lomond Brian Whitcomb Gary Alliss
2007 USA 13½ 12½ USA Reynolds Plantation, Georgia Roger Warren Gary Alliss
2005 GB&I 11 15 Ireland K Club M.G. Orender Jim Farmer
2003 USA 19 7 USA Port St Lucie, Florida Jack Connelly Will Mann
2000 USA 13½ 12½ Wales Celtic Manor Ken Lindsay David Llewellyn
1998 USA 17 9 USA Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Tom Addis III Craig DeFoy
1996 Tied 13 13 Scotland Gleneagles Gary Schaal Craig DeFoy
1994 USA 15 11 USA PGA National, Florida Dick Smith Michael Ingham
1992 USA 15 11 Ireland K Club Patrick J. Rielly Paul Leonard
1990 USA 19 7 USA Kiawah Island, South Carolina James Ray Carpenter Richard Bradbeer
1988 USA 15½ 10½ England The Belfry Mickey Powell David Huish
1986 USA 16 9 USA Knollwood, Illinois Mark Kizziar Derek Nash
1984 GB&I 12½ Scotland Turnberry Joe Black Keith Hockey
1983 GB&I 14½ Scotland Muirfield Joe Black Keith Hockey
1982 USA 13½ USA Holston Hills, Tennessee Don Padgett David Jones
1981 Tied 10½ 10½ USA Turnberry Isle, Florida Joe Black Doug Smith
1980 USA 15 6 USA Oaktree, Oklahoma Don Padgett David Talbot
1979 GB&I 12½ Isle of Man Castletown Don Padgett Bill Watson
1978 GB&I 10½ England St Mellion Henry Poe Tommy Horton
1977 Tied USA Mission Hills, California Henry Poe Jack Hargreaves
1976 USA England Moortown Frank Cardi George Will
1975 USA England Hillside Don Padgett Christy O'Connor Snr
1974 USA 11½ USA Pinehurst, North Carolina Henry Poe Brian Hutchinson
1973 USA 13 3 USA Pinehurst, North Carolina William Clarke Tom Haliburton

United States have won 17 times, Great Britain & Ireland 6 times with 4 ties.


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