November 05, 2014 10:25
President Park Geun-hye accepted the honorary chairmanship of the Presidents Cup during a meeting with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and other officials at Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday.
The biennial golf event is to be held at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from Oct. 6 to 10 next year.
The golf competition between American players and those of non-European countries will be held in Asia for the first time and will be broadcast in 30 languages to 1 billion households in 225 countries. It was launched in 1994.
State heads such as presidents and prime ministers traditionally assume the chairmanship.
In 2013 when the Presidents Cup was held in Ohio, U.S. President Barack Obama served as chairman for the sporting event, which featured star players such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.
The Cup used to be held only in English-speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, South Africa and the U.S., where the sport has gone mainstream. But in 2011 at the tournament in Melbourne, Korea was selected to host the 2015 event.
At the time, Finchem said that Korea was chosen to host the event because it continues to produce world-class players and plays an important role in the development of the sport in Asia.
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