In 2012 at TPC Sawgrass, injured veterans from United States and British military forces came together for a few action-packed days, battling it out in a Ryder Cup-style event – the Simpson Cup was born. Despite the difference in skill level among players, the handicap system allows any veteran, regardless of talent, to represent their country.
The tournament is named after John Simpson, former Senior Vice President of International Management Group. Simpson only has one fully-functional leg due to a battle with polio as a child. Throughout his career at IMG, Simpson managed some of the biggest names in golf including Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh and Greg Norman.
Just like the Ryder Cup, the Simpson Cup alternates between venues in the U.S. and Britain. In 2013, after it’s inaugural playing in Ponte Verde, Florida, the veterans traveled to Royal Lytham & St Annes, an 11-time Open Championship course, in the United Kingdom. Throughout the Cup’s history, some of the most historic venues in golf played host to the deserving field.
2014: Congressional Country Club (first Cup win for the U.S.)
2015: Royal St. George’s Golf Club (Britain’s third win in four tries)
2016: Oak Hill Country Club (U.S. victory)
2017: Royal Birkdale Golf Club (Another U.S. win).
2018: The Maidstone Club (America’s third win in a row)
2019: The Old Course, St. Andrews (Britain’s first win since 2015).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled in 2020.
This week, the American and British veterans are finally back together, with the Simpson Cup all-time record tied, 4-4.
Courtesy of the Simpson Cup
The Creek, a 1923 C.B. Macdonald design, was this year’s venue. The Long Island gem, sitting just over 30 miles from Manhattan, went through a restoration in 2017 headed by renowned architect Gil Hanse.
The Simpson Cup weekly schedule closely resembles a Ryder Cup week, with an opening ceremony, gala dinner, official team photos. After the pre-tournament…
Source : yahoo