By PGA Tour media

SONGDO IBD, INCHEON CITY, Korea – At The Presidents Cup in Songdo IBD, Incheon City, Korea – the first ever played in Asia – PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem was joined by the Honorable John Eren, Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events, to announce an agreement between the two organizations that names the State of Victoria as the host for the World Cup of Golf in 2016 and The Presidents Cup in 2019. The partnership marks a return of The Presidents Cup to Australia for the third time in its 25-year history and fifth time in the 58-year history of the World Cup of Golf.

Both events will be played in the November timeframe in 2016 and 2019 on one of Melbourne’s premier Sandbelt Golf Courses. The venue and exact dates will be announced at a later time.

“The PGA TOUR and the International Federation of PGA Tours are elated to partner with the State of Victoria and bring The Presidents Cup and World Cup of Golf back to Australia,” Finchem said. “Australia is home to some of the best golfers on the PGA TOUR – not to mention some of the world’s most passionate fans – and we know Victoria will stage wonderful events for the competitors, as well as fans visiting and watching around the globe. The success of the recent 2011 Presidents Cup and 2013 World Cup of Golf has reinforced Victoria’s stature as a global golf destination and make the area a perfect choice to welcome these esteemed competitions back within the next four years.”

Honorable John Eren said, “We’re committed to growing our enviable calendar of major events, and securing events like The Presidents Cup and the World Cup of Golf do just that. We can’t wait to welcome golf fans from all over the world to visit our renowned Sandbelt and see for themselves what makes Victoria great.”

As a premier destination for golf enthusiasts in Australia and around the globe, Victoria is well-positioned to stage another exhilarating chapter in the World Cup of Golf and Presidents Cup history. The inclusion of these high-ranking global tournaments in the Victorian events calendar promises up to $66 million in additional economic impact to the State, thanks to an estimated 25,500 visitors and up to 408 new jobs being created.