U.S. looks to defend the PGA Cup against Great Britain & Ireland, win on European soil for the first time since 2009

FRISCO, Texas and SURREY, England – The United States Team of 10 of the country’s top playing PGA Professionals heads to Surrey, England this week for the 30th PGA Cup against Great Britain & Ireland, Sept. 13-18, at the Foxhills Club & Resort. 

The PGA Cup was first played at Pinehurst (North Carolina) Country Club in 1973 and is an outgrowth of the PGA Professional Championship. Following the format of the Ryder Cup, with match-play competition between the U.S. and Europe, the PGA Cup features PGA Club Professionals from both sides of the Atlantic.

The U.S. leads 18-7-4 overall but has not won outright in the United Kingdom since 2009.  The Americans secured the Llandudno International Trophy in the most recent playing of the PGA Cup, in September 2019, with a historic 14-12 comeback victory that featured wins in eight of 10 Sunday singles matches.

2022 United States PGA Cup Team

Captained by PGA Honorary President Suzy Whaley, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the 2022 United States PGA Cup Team includes 10 PGA Members, featuring five veterans and five other players making their debut:

Alex Beach                 Stillwater, Minnesota       Played in 2019 PGA Cup (2-2-0)

Frank Bensel Jr.         Jupiter, Florida                Debut

Michael Block             Mission Viejo, California   Played in 2015 PGA Cup (3-1-0)

Larkin Gross               Center Cross, Virginia      Debut 

Jared Jones               Houston                           Debut

Jesse Mueller             Phoenix                           Debut

Ben Polland                Jackson, Wyoming           Played in 2015 PGA Cup (0-3-2)

Omar Uresti                Austin, Texas                  Played in 2015 & 2017 PGA Cups                                                                            (4-1-3)

Ryan Vermeer            Omaha, Nebraska            Played in 2019 PGA Cup (3-2-0)

Wyatt Worthington II  Reynoldsburg, Ohio         Debut

“It’s a tremendous honor to serve as United States Captain for the 30th PGA Cup, as we come together at a magnificent venue to celebrate the game of golf,” said Whaley, the President of Golf Nation and PGA Director of Instruction for The Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “We’re certainly aware of the formidable challenge we will face from another talented GB&I squad and the difficulty that comes with winning on foreign soil.”

The U.S. Team in the biennial international showcase for PGA Club Professionals was determined through a two-year points system that included the past two PGA Professional Championships and two PGA Championships. The points race ended with the 2022 PGA Championship held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

2022 Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup Team

Captained by David Russell, of Scotland, the 2022 Great Britain & Ireland Team includes three PGA Cup Veterans and seven players making their debut:

Matthew Cort               England     Played in 2017 & 2019 PGA Cups (6-3-0)

David Higgins                Ireland      Played in 2017 PGA Cup (3-1-1)
                                                     2019 Vice-Captain

Greig Hutcheon            Scotland    Played in 2013 & 2017 PGA Cups (3-4-1)  

Adam Keogh                 England     Debut

Simon Lilly                   England     Debut

Ashley Mansell             England     Debut

Paul McKechnie            Scotland    Debut

James Ruth                  England     Debut

Simon Thornton           Ireland      Debut

Daniel Whitby-Smith    England     Debut

“I’ve been very fortunate in my career in golf, and this is very much a high point in my career,” said David Russell, whose son Chris will serve as Vice Captain. “I’m honoured to be Captain of Great Britain & Ireland in a PGA Cup.”

PGA Cup Schedule 

Tuesday Sept. 13
Official Practice

Wednesday Sept. 14
Official Practice and Team Photos

Thursday Sept. 15
Official Practice and Opening Ceremony 

Friday Sept. 16
Fourball Matches and Foursome Matches

Saturday Sept. 17
Fourball Matches and Foursome Matches 





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