Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said two former U.S. presidents will attend the Presidents Cup golf tournament Thursday.
Cooper told reporters that former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are expected to attend the tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to several sources. The governor said President Joe Biden may also attend the event.
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“I think there is extra excitement about a competition with the United States and the rest of the world,” Cooper said. “And I think you could see that in the way that people are walking, the excitement that they had, and I was talking with some of the officials that people were actually waiting to be led in, and they actually ran toward the first tee.”
“That kind of excitement is out here and I think you’re going to see that throughout the entire weekend with President Bush coming and Clinton coming and maybe President Biden coming Sunday, I think will just add to the aura of the event,” he continued. (RELATED: George W. Bush Praises US Postal Service For This Special Honor Of His Late Father)
Players for the U.S. will be competing over the weekend of Sept. 23-25 under the supervision of Captain Davis Love III, the governor said in a tweet. The game is expected to have a direct $2.3 billion impact on the state and a $4 billion indirect impact, Essentially Sports reported.
“We’ve just become a centerpiece for golf around the world,” Cooper added, according to the outlet.
This wouldn’t be the first time multiple former commanders-in-chief converged on the Presidents Cup. In 2017, former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all attended the tournament.