Liberty National will host the 2017 Presidents Cup as part of a 25-year partnership with the PGA TOUR. The Jersey City course, which includes spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline, will also host up to 10 PGA TOUR tournaments over the next 25 years.
Other future venues for the Presidents Cup include Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea in 2015 and TPC Harding Park in San Francisco in 2025.
Liberty National hosted The Barclays in 2009 and 2013, and its location makes it a natural selection for big-time events. The following statement by the Commish implies a World Golf Championship is headed to Liberty in the future.
“I’d like to thank and congratulate Paul Fireman and his son Dan for their partnership through the years, which has previously brought the PGA TOUR to Liberty National for The Barclays in 2009 and 2013 and has now resulted in a long-term relationship that will see some of the TOUR’s biggest and best events staged here over the next quarter century.”
Paul Fireman is the founder of Reebok, which he sold to Adidas in 2006, and he now runs Fireman Capital Partners in addition to being the owner of Liberty National Golf Course. His son, Dan Fireman, is a managing partner at Fireman Capital Partners.
The most significant part of the announcement was that Paul Fireman is donating $5 million to The First Tee. The program emphasizes core values such as honesty, sportsmanship, integrity, and respect, which are learned through the game of golf. The First Tee has introduced millions of kids to golf the right way, and Fireman’s donation helps The First Tee reach millions more.
The Firemans are officially my new favorite people in the world. They give back to the game, and own a sweet golf course. Awesome!
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)