The Simpson Cup is an annual tournament between teams of 13 injured Servicemen and veterans from the USA and their British counterparts.
The Ryder Cup-style tournament showcases the unique position of golf as one of the few sports where players of all skills and abilities can play together on a level playing field, because of the official golf handicap system.
The tournament is named after its founder, John Simpson, the former Senior Vice President of International Management Group (IMG), who has only one fully-functioning leg as a result of suffering from polio as a child. During his time at IMG, John managed elite sportsmen such as Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Greg Norman, Vijay Singh, and Lord Sebastian Coe.
TPC Sawgrass hosted the inaugural Simpson Cup in 2012, while it moved across the Atlantic to Royal Lytham & St Annes the following year, where Team GB successfully defended the Cup. Congressional Country Club played host in 2014, and the Americans won the trophy there for the first time, before relinquishing it on a dramatic final day at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in 2015. In 2016, Team USA once again wrestled the Cup back from the Brits, with an impressive 12-6 win at Oak Hill Country Club. This year the event will be staged at Royal Birkdale Golf Club; the scene of the 2017 Open Championship, and the Simpson Cup will no doubt deliver a golfing extravaganza to rival it.
Competitors involved in the Simpson Cup are all members of the On Course Foundation. The Simpson Cup raises awareness and funds for the On Course Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered organization in the USA and a registered charity in the UK.