Team USA & Captain Fred Couples vs Team Rest of the World & Captain Ernie Els
Global Icons set to compete include Michael Phelps, Michael Strahan, Canelo Alvarez, Ash Barty, Oscar De La Hoya, Pep Guardiola, Harry Kane, and Ben Roethlisberger
Icons Series, a new concept in sport and entertainment, today announced its debut US event will be held at the prestigious Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ, June 30 – July 1. Bringing together the world’s most iconic athletes across multiple sports, the relentless competition will feature a 10-hole team match-play tournament format, unprecedented access for a global audience and showcase sporting stars like never before.
The event will be broadcast live exclusively on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service. Tickets are available via icons-series.com starting at $70, creating a fan-centric experience that transcends golf and celebrates the unifying power, rivalry and patriotism of sports.
Team USA will battle Team Rest of the World for bragging rights and the Icons Series trophy, with 12 icons per team, captained by golf superstars Fred Couples and Ernie Els, respectively. The current lineup includes:
Fred Couples (Captain) – World Golf Hall of Famer, former World No. 1 and Masters champion
Michael Phelps – Most decorated Olympian of all-time with 28 total swimming medals, including 23 gold
Michael Strahan – Pro Football Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion with New York Giants
Oscar De La Hoya – Boxing legend who held 11 world titles across six weight classes
Ben Roethlisberger – Two-time Super Bowl champion with Pittsburgh Steelers
Team Rest of the World
Ernie Els (Captain) – World Golf Hall of Famer, former World No. 1 and four-time major championship winner
Canelo Alvarez – Boxing’s pound-for-pound king who has won world titles in four different weight classes
Ash Barty – Former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner, including 2022 Australian Open
Pep Guardiola – One of the most successful soccer managers ever, winning two Champions League titles and multiple Spanish and English league crowns
Harry Kane – Dynamic England National Team captain and three-time Golden Boot winner
Both Team USA and Team World will announce additional Icons to the event lineup in the coming weeks.
“We’re thrilled to launch the Icons Series in America with a Mount Rushmore of the world’s best athletes, all incredible golfers and fierce competitors,” said Icons Series CEO, Thomas Brookes. “There’s no better global stage than Liberty National and that stage is now set to welcome the most iconic athletes of all time for what will be an incredible spectacle.”
“I love match-play golf and I’m looking forward to leading Team USA at Liberty National in June,” said Couples. “The pedigree of the athletes in my team speaks for itself and what could be better than to win at the place of our Presidents Cup victory in 2017. It promises to be a phenomenal tournament and we’re excited to compete against Ernie’s team of international icons.”
“Icons Series and Liberty National are a perfect match,” added Liberty National Golf Club GM Lee Smith. “Having hosted the Presidents Cup, we know first hand the power of this format and the transcendent fan experience it brings.”
About Icons Series
Icons Series is a world-first, innovative new concept in sport and entertainment which brings bonafide global icons together for an ultra-competitive team match-play tournament. The events feature Team USA against Team Rest of World, with two professional captains and rosters composed of the biggest names in sport battling it out in a new frontier in entertainment. Founded by visionary global sports executive Thomas Brookes, Icons Series launches at Liberty National Golf Club in 2022 with additional worldwide events to follow.
For more information about Icons Series, visit www.icons-series.com
About Liberty National Golf Club
One of the world’s most iconic golf locales, Liberty National Golf Club is located along the Hudson River in Jersey City, NJ, with striking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Manhattan skyline. Liberty National fittingly opened on July 4, 2006, and is guided by the vision and leadership of former Reebok Founder, Chairman & CEO Paul Fireman and his son Dan Fireman, managing partner of Fireman Capital Partners. Designed by US Open Champion Tom Kite and esteemed golf course mastermind Bob Cupp, Liberty National is kept in tournament ready playing condition. Liberty National hosted The Presidents Cup in 2017 as well as multiple PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoff events.
For more information about Liberty National Golf Club, visit www.libertynationalgc.com