PGA Cup

PGA Cup

The PGA Cup was first played in 1973 and is a biennial contest between the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland and America.

The event is seen as the pinnacle for any PGA Professional as both teams go head-to-head in a Ryder Cup format to win The Llandudno International Trophy.

Championship Information

There are 10 players in the Great Britain & Ireland team which is determined by the top three finishers in the PGA Play-Offs that takes place alongside the PGA Professional Championship.

The next six players earn their place on the team through a points system over two years based on their performance in the PGA Professional Championship. The final place on the team is decided by a 'captain’s pick'.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Teams are ten players per side. Find out how you can be part of the team.

How to qualify

Latest Rankings

See who's leading the race to be part of the next PGA Cup team.

Latest Rankings

Match Information

All the details about the 2019 match including latest scores and course guide.

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Record Book

Details on past captains, GB&I playing records and match results from 1973.

Record Book

About the Championship

The PGA Cup was first played in 1973 and is a biennial contest between the Professional Golfers' Associations of Great Britain & Ireland (PGA) and America (PGA of America).

The matches are identical to the Ryder Cup format with foursomes, fourballs and singles.

The winning team retains possession of the Llandudno International Trophy. The trophy was the idea of members of Maesdu Golf Club in Llandudno Conwy County, Wales.

The PGA of America are the current holders of the Llandudno Trophy winning 14-12 at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas. The have also won the contest most with 18 wins compared to Great Britain & Ireland's 7 wins with 4 ties.

About the Championship

PGA Cup News

2022 Great Britain & Ireland Team (To be confirmed)

DJ Russell will lead the Great Britain & Ireland team as Captain and has selected his son, Chris, as his Vice-Captain for the 2022 matches at Foxhills Club & Resort in Surrey.

The first three spots on the GB&I team will be made up of the top three players from the PGA Play-Offs, which is being played at Slieve Russell Golf & Country Club in Ireland from 26th-28th April, 2022.

Another six players will be confirmed following the completion of the PGA Professional Championship at Slaley Hall on 17th June, 2022.

DJ Russell will finalise his team with a 'Captain's Pick'.

DJ Russell (Captain)

Chris Russell (Vice-Captain)

Greig Hutcheon

Adam Keogh

Simon Thornton

Team member (TBC)

Team member (TBC)

Team member (TBC)

Team member (TBC)

Team member (TBC)

Team member (TBC)

Team member (TBC)

PGA Cup History

First played in 1973, America chalked up a 13-3 victory which set the tone for the next three encounters where they won comfortably.

GB&I’s first significant impact on the matches came in 1977, forcing a 8½-8½ draw and the following year they notched up their first win at St Mellion.

Twelve months later at Castletown, the hosts triumphed 12½-4½ but the story couldn’t have been made radically different the following year, 1980, as GB&I went down to a 15-6 defeat in the new format that still exists today.

The following year GB&I produced one of their best performances on American soil, as they came from behind to draw 10½ points each.

The Americans returned to winning ways in 1982 in Tennessee and in this topsy-turvy series of contests, the next two matches (1983 and 1984), both in Scotland, at Muirfield and Turnberry, were comfortable wins for the home team.

But if those two strong performances had garnered expectations of further success, the Americans quickly dispelled that notion and it was to be 21 years before a GB&I team managed to regain the trophy.

In 2005, more than two decades of frustration were brought to a close as GB&I wrapped up a 15-11 win despite a valiant fightback in the singles by America.

The American's regained the trophy two years later and claimed a hat-trick of wins in the competition up until a dramatic 13-13 draw at Slaley Hall in 2013. Two years later Jon Bevan led GB&I to their first win on US soil and Albert MacKenzie recorded back-to-back wins for GB&I at Foxhills Club & Resort in 2017.

PGA Cup History

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