1994 Presidents Cup: First One Goes to USA

The 1994 Presidents Cup was the first time this event was played. It was founded by the PGA Tour, which sought to replicate the success of the USA-vs.-Europe Ryder Cup (the Ryder Cup being run by the PGA of America and the European Tour). After the American victory, the overall standings in the event's history was USA 1, International 0.

Final Score: USA 20, International 12

Dates Played: Sept. 16-18, 1994

Location: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia

Team Captains: David Graham (International) and Hale Irwin (USA)

Team Rosters:

  • International — Steve Elkington, Vijay Singh, Fulton Allem, David Frost, Nick Price, Bradley Hughes, Craig Parry, Robert Allenby, Frank Nobilo, Peter Senior, Tsukasa Watanabe, Mark McNulty.
  • USA — Fred Couples, Jim Gallagher Jr., Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, John Huston, Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, Jeff Maggert, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Loren Roberts
Notes: The first-ever Presidents Cup set the tone for the early part of the competition's history: An easy Team USA win. It started with a 5-0 American sweep of the first session. And the U.S. finished strong, winning the singles session 8-4.

Fred Couples and Davis Love III were a combined 7-0-1 for Team USA, while Vijay Singh led the Internationals at 3-1-1. This is also where Phil Mickelson made his debut playing for Team USA as a pro (meaning in either the Presidents or Ryder cups). Mickelson, then 24 years old, was a 4-time PGA Tour winner at this point. He went 2-1-2.

Hale Irwin, the American captain, was also a playing member of the team. He was the only player-captain in the event's history until the 2019 Presidents Cup, when Tiger Woods pulled double duty.

1994 Presidents Cup Match Scores

Day 1 Results


  • Corey Pavin/Jeff Maggert (U.S.) def. Steve Elkington/Vijay Singh, 2 and 1
  • Jay Haas/Scott Hoch (U.S.) def. Fulton Allem/David Frost, 6 and 5
  • Davis Love III /Fred Couples (U.S.) def. Nick Price/Bradley Hughes, 1-up
  • John Huston/Jim Gallagher, Jr. (U.S.) def. Craig Parry/Robert Allenby, 4 and 2
  • Tom Lehman/Phil Mickelson (U.S.) def. Frank Nobilo/Peter Senior, 3 and 2


  • Hale Irwin/Loren Roberts (U.S.) def. David Frost/Fulton Allem, 3 and 1
  • Jay Haas/Scott Hoch (U.S.) def. Craig Parry/Tsukasa Watanabe, 4 and 3
  • Frank Nobilo/Robert Allenby (Int.) def. Corey Pavin/Jeff Maggert, 2 and 1
  • Steve Elkington/Vijay Singh (Int.) def. Phil Mickelson/Tom Lehman, 2 and 1
  • Nick Price/Mark McNulty (Int.) halved with Davis Love III/Jim Gallagher Jr.

Day 2 Results


  • Fulton Allem/Mark McNulty (Int.) def. Jim Gallagher Jr./John Huston, 4 and 3
  • Tsukasa Watanabe/Vijay Singh (Int.) def. Jay Haas/Scott Hoch, 3 and 1
  • Craig Parry/Bradley Hughes (Int.) def. Loren Roberts/Tom Lehman, 4 and 3
  • Fred Couples/Davis Love III (U.S.) def. Frank Nobilo/Robert Allenby, 2 up
  • Nick Price/Steve Elkington (Int.) halved with Phil Mickelson/Corey Pavin


  • David Frost/Peter Senior (Int.) def. Hale Irwin/Jay Haas, 6 and 5
  • Corey Pavin/Loren Roberts (U.S.) def. Craig Parry/Fulton Allem, 1 up
  • Vijay Singh/Steve Elkington (Int.) def. Jeff Maggert/John Huston, 3 and 2
  • Davis Love III/Jim Gallagher Jr. (U.S.) def. Frank Nobilo/Robert Allenby, 7 and 5
  • Phil Mickelson/Tom Lehman (U.S.) def. Bradley Hughes/Mark McNulty, 3 and 2

Day 3 Results


  • Hale Irwin (U.S.) def. Robert Allenby, 1 up
  • Jay Haas (U.S.) def. Mark McNulty, 4 and 3
  • Jim Gallagher Jr. (U.S.) def. Tsukasa Watanabe, 4 and 3
  • Phil Mickelson (U.S.) halved with Fulton Allem
  • Vijay Singh (Int.) halved with Tom Lehman
  • Peter Senior (Int.) def. John Huston, 3 and 2
  • Scott Hoch (U.S.) halved with David Frost
  • Jeff Maggert (U.S.) def. Bradley Hughes, 2 and 1
  • Frank Nobilo (Int.) halved with Loren Roberts
  • Fred Couples (U.S.) def. Nick Price, 1 up
  • Davis Love III (U.S.) def. Steve Elkington, 1 up
  • Craig Parry (Int.) def. Corey Pavin, 1 up

Player Win-Loss Records

Wins-losses-ties for members of Team USA and Team International.

United States
Fred Couples, 3-0-0
Davis Love III, 4-0-1
Jim Gallagher Jr., 3-1-1
Jay Haas, 3-2-0
Hale Irwin, 2-1-0
Scott Hoch, 2-1-1
Loren Roberts, 2-1-1
Phil Mickelson, 2-1-2
Tom Lehman, 2-2-1
Corey Pavin, 2-2-1
Jeff Maggert, 2-2-0
John Huston, 1-3-0

Vijay Singh, 3-1-1
Peter Senior, 2-1-0
Steve Elkington, 2-2-1
David Frost, 1-2-1
Mark McNulty, 1-2-1
Craig Parry, 2-3-0
Tsukasa Watanabe, 1-2-0
Fulton Allem, 1-3-1
Frank Nobilo, 1-3-1
Bradley Hughes, 1-3-0
Robert Allenby, 1-4-0
Nick Price, 0-2-2

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