1996 Presidents Cup Results, Rosters and Player Records

This was only the second time the Presidents Cup had been played, and it was played at the same place that was the site of inaugural 1994 Presidents Cup: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia. (The tournament finally left the United States in 1998 when it was played in Australia.) After the American victory, the overall standings in the event's history was USA 2, International 0.

Final Score: USA 16.5, International 15.5

Dates Played: Sept. 13-15, 1996

Location: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia

Team Captains: Peter Thomson (International) and Arnold Palmer (USA)

Team Rosters:

  • International — Robert Allenby, Steve Elkington, Ernie Els, David Frost, Mark McNulty, Frank Nobilo, Greg Norman, Jumbo Ozaki, Craig Parry, Nick Price, Peter Senior, Vijay Singh.
  • USA — Mark Brooks, Fred Couples, David Duval, Scott Hoch, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Mark O'Meara, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker.

What Happened in the 1996 Presidents Cup

The 1996 Presidents Cup was a tale of three days: On Day 1, Team USA dominated; on Day 2, Team International dominated; on the final day, the teams evenly split. The result was a squeaker of a win for the U.S. side.

Team USA dominated the opening fourball session, winning four of the five matches, and led 7.5 to 2.5 at the end of the day. On Day 2, it reversed: the Internationals won a session — the afternoon foursomes — by 4-1. So at the end of the second day the gap narrowed to a 1-point lead for USA.

And that's how it stayed after the 6-6 split in singles matches on Day 3. The U.S. secured the full point it needed for the outright win in the final singles match when Fred Couples defeated Vijay Singh, 2 and 1.

Mark O'Meara went 5-0-0 for Team USA (the first of a small group of golfers in tournament history to go 5-for-5) and David Duval 4-0-0. O'Meara and Duval partnered for three victories. Ernie Els, playing in his first Presidents Cup, lead Team International with a 3-1-1 record. Future American captain Steve Stricker also made his tournament debut here, going 2-3-0.

In one of the Sunday singles matches, David Frost of Team International defeated Kenny Perry of Team USA by a 7-and-6 score. That still shares the Presidents Cup record for biggest match win/match loss.

1996 Presidents Cup Match Scores

Day 1 Results


  • Fred Couples/Davis Love III (U.S.) def. Greg Norman/Robert Allenby, 2 and 1
  • Ernie Els/Mark McNulty (Int.) def. Scott Hoch/Mark Brooks, 2-up
  • Phil Mickelson/Corey Pavin (U.S.) def. Vijay Singh/Jumbo Ozaki, 2 and 1
  • Mark O’Meara/David Duval (U.S.) def. Steve Elkington/Frank Nobilo, 3 and 2
  • Tom Lehman/Steve Stricker (U.S.) def. Nick Price/Peter Senior, 4 and 2


  • Kenny Perry/Justin Leonard (U.S.) def. Nick Price/David Frost, 3 and 2
  • Mark O'Meara/David Duval (U.S.) def. Frank Nobilo/Craig Parry, 2 and 1
  • Steve Elkington/Vijay Singh (Int.) def. Tom Lehman/Steve Stricker, 2 up
  • Phil Mickelson/Corey Pavin (U.S.) halved with Ernie Els/Mark McNulty
  • Fred Couples/Davis Love III (U.S.) def. Greg Norman/Robert Allenby, 1 up

Day 2 Results


  • Nick Price/Steve Elkington (Int.) def. Justin Leonard/Tom Lehman, 2 up
  • Greg Norman/Robert Allenby (Int.) def. Steve Stricker/Corey Pavin, 1 up
  • Kenny Perry/Scott Hoch (U.S.) def. Craig Parry/Frank Nobilo, 2 and 1
  • Jumbo Ozaki/Vijay Singh (Int.) def. Davis Love III/Fred Couples, 2 and 1
  • Mark O'Meara/David Duval (U.S.) def. Ernie Els/Mark McNulty, 4 and 3


  • Peter Senior/David Frost (Int.) def. Corey Pavin/Phil Mickelson, 3 and 2
  • Frank Nobilo/Robert Allenby (Int.) def. Davis Love III/Mark Brooks, 3 and 2
  • Nick Price/Mark McNulty (Int.) def. Kenny Perry/Justin Leonard, 3 and 1
  • Greg Norman/Ernie Els (Int.) def. Tom Lehman/Steve Stricker, 1 up
  • Mark O'Meara/Scott Hoch (U.S.) def. Steve Elkington/Vijay Singh, 1 up

Day 3 Results


  • Craig Parry (Int.) def. Mark Brooks, 5 and 4
  • David Duval (U.S.) def. Peter Senior, 3 and 2
  • Mark O'Meara (U.S.) def. Nick Price, 1 up
  • David Frost (Int.) def. Kenny Perry, 7 and 6
  • Steve Stricker (U.S.) def. Robert Allenby, 6 and 5
  • Scott Hoch (U.S.) def. Mark McNulty, 1 up
  • Davis Love III (U.S.) def. Jumbo Ozaki, 5 and 4
  • Steve Elkington (Int.) def. Justin Leonard, 1 up
  • Ernie Els (Int.) def. Phil Mickelson, 3 and 2
  • Greg Norman (Int.) def. Corey Pavin, 3 and 1
  • Frank Nobilo (Int.) def. Tom Lehman, 3 and 2
  • Fred Couples (U.S.) def. Vijay Singh, 2 and 1

Player Win-Loss Records

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

United States
Mark O'Meara, 5-0-0
David Duval, 4-0-0
Fred Couples, 3-1-0
Scott Hoch, 3-1-0
Davis Love III, 3-2-0
Kenny Perry, 2-2-0
Steve Stricker, 2-3-0
Phil Mickelson, 1-2-1
Corey Pavin, 1-3-1
Justin Leonard, 1-3-0
Tom Lehman, 1-4-0
Mark Brooks, 0-3-0

Ernie Els, 3-1-1
David Frost, 2-1-0
Steve Elkington, 3-2-0
Greg Norman, 3-2-0
Mark McNulty, 2-2-1
Robert Allenby, 2-3-0
Frank Nobilo, 2-3-0
Nick Price, 2-3-0
Vijay Singh, 2-3-0
Jumbo Ozaki, 1-2-0
Craig Parry, 1-2-0
Peter Senior, 1-2-0

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