New 'Big Three' celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

The start of the Presidents Cup gave golf a new ‘’Big Three’’ — former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, posing with players and wives on each team in an opening ceremony unlike any other.

It was the first time three U.S. presidents have attended the matches at the same time since this event began in 1994, named after the highest office in the land.

The U-shaped grandstands around the first tee at Liberty National were at capacity more than an hour before the first tee time Thursday. Most of the players were warming up on the range. Phil Mickelson, in the fifth and final match, came over early to shake hands. Then, Mickelson took out his phone for a selfie he might not get again. (AP)

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Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017 in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

The crowd watches the opening ceremony on the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

A Presidents Cup pin flag is seen during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017, in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Scott Halleran/PGA TOUR)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Fans of the U.S. Team look on over the first tee prior to Thursday foursomes matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017 in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Captain’s assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team speaks to former U.S. President Barack Obama on the first tee during Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017 in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

The Statue of Liberty is shown as spectators walk down the second hole during the Presidents Cup foursomes golf matches at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup trophy is seen on the first tee during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017, in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Scott Halleran/PGA TOUR)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Former Presidents, from left, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama pose with wives of the U.S. team’s players before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods walks down the first fairway during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Singer Darius Rucker performs during the opening ceremony before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Former Presidents Bill Clinton, front, and George Bush arrive at the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Daniel Berger chips to the first hole during the Presidents Cup foursomes golf matches at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Mark Lee, Jr, right, and Cheryl Lee, left, present the Presidents Cup during the opening ceremony before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. They were honoring the memory of Jersey City Captain Mark Lee, Sr., who died from health problems believed from working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd on the first tee during the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Rickie Fowler of the U.S. Team plays his shot from the first tee during Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017, in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Former U.S. President George W. Bush waves to the crowd prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on Sept. 28, 2017 in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Obama, Bush, Clinton celebrate the start of Presidents Cup

Former President Barack Obama looks on from the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)