Ministry of Sport

Citi And Presidents Cup Announce The Return Of The Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge

Citi, a global financial services company and the Presidents Cup Announce the Return of the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge with a “Drive to Melbourne.”

Once again, Citi is inviting everyone to collectively drive a golf ball 44 million yards – the length it takes to circle the globe – either in-person or virtually.

This time, the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge is aimed at supporting the launch of First Tee in Australia, a positive youth development program, which will be managed by the PGA of Australia at the 2019 Presidents Cup.

Each year, First Tee provides education programs to young people throughout the United States on golf courses, in schools and at other youth-focused locations.

The launch of a First Tee chapter in Australia will mark the organization’s sixth international location, including Canada, Japan, Korea, Morocco and Mexico.

First Tee positively impacts the lives of young people through the game of golf by providing education programs that build character and instil life-enhancing values.

Ed Skyler, Global Head of Public Affairs at Citi said: “We are proud to again partner with the Presidents Cup and support the return of the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge and the expansion of First Tee into Australia.

“We see golf as a platform that allows us to give back, and by supporting First Tee, we hope to provide opportunities to enrich the lives of young people around the world.”

The Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge mobile game will allow participants to take shots on the 18thHole at Liberty National Golf Club (host of the 2017 Presidents Cup) and the 18th Hole at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (host of the 2019 Presidents Cup).

The online game can be accessed globally by users who go to and Presidents Cup social channels, with the game available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

Fans in select countries who play the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge will be entered into once-in-a-lifetime sweepstakes, with one (1) grand prize winner and one (1) first prize winner.

Grand Prize: Trip for two (2) to the 2019 Presidents Cup, which includes the following:

  • Round trip airfare (economy)
  • Five (5) nights’ accommodation (Crowne Plaza)
  • Four (4) days return transfers to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
  • Four (4) days Captains’ Club tickets to the Presidents Cup (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Presidents Cup spectator function, Thursday evening at Official Hotel Crown
  • Presidents Cup souvenir merchandise

First Prize: A framed 2019 Presidents Cup pin flag signed by Tiger Woods and Ernie Els

“Citi has been an engaged and valued Global Partner of the Presidents Cup,” Executive Director of the Presidents Cup, Matt Kamienski said.

“The Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge is a fantastic extension of the core values of giving back that makes The Presidents Cup special.

“We are excited to bring it to life as the buzz and momentum continues to build toward what we believe will be the best Presidents Cup yet at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club this December.”

Shaun Carney

Shaun Carney