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2000 Presidents Cup schedule announced

The 2000 Presidents Cup will be conducted over four days instead of three due to the limitation of available daylight hours during the third week of October it was announced Wednesday by the PGA Tour, organizers of The Presidents Cup. The event will be played Oct. 19-22, 2000 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, located in Manassas, Va., just outside Washington, D.C.

The 2000 schedule for The Presidents Cup matches is:
Thurs., Oct. 19 -- Foursomes (afternoon)
Fri., Oct. 20 -- Fourball (morning) Foursomes (afternoon)
Sat., Oct. 21 -- Fourball (afternoon)
Sun., Oct. 22 -- Singles (afternoon)

The format for previous Presidents Cups has been two days of foursomes and fourball matches on Friday and Saturday followed by singles matches on Sunday. The total number of points available, 32, remains unchanged.

"Adding a fourth day to the schedule at RTJ will enhance the matches," said PGA Tour CommissionerTim Finchem. "It allows us to address the daylight issue, andat the same time, adds another day of entertainment value, which we believe will enhance The Presidents Cup experience for spectators, sponsors and viewers at home."

"The players understood the circumstances and the need to address them, and were very much in favor of adding a fourth day to the matches," United States Captain Ken Venturi said."In the end result, I think this will have a very positive impact on The Presidents Cup."

"This changetotheformat means more golf and more suspense which will only leadto more fun and enjoyment for everybody involved with The Presidents Cup," saidInternationalTeam Captain Peter Thomson. "I also like it from a captain's standpoint because it allows more time to plan strategy."

Peter Thomson returns to lead the International Team for the third straight time. The five-time British Open champion captained the Internationals to their first President Cup win in last December's competition, a convincing 20 ½ - 11 ½ victory over the U.S. Contested at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, it was the first time The Presidents Cup was held outside the United States.

Captain Ken Venturi and his 12-man U.S. Team will be eager to return to the friendly confines of RTJ Golf Club where they won the first two playings of The Presidents Cup in 1994 and 1996.