Planet Golf — 29 May 2012 by GW staff and news services
President’s Cup captains named

The captains for next year’s President’s Cup were introduced during a Tuesday press conference at Muirfield Village Golf Club, site of this week’s Memorial Tournament and the 2013 President’s Cup.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced that Fred Couples and Nick Price will serve as captains of the U.S. and International Teams, respectively, for The Presidents Cup ‘13 in Dublin, Ohio. Couples, a winner of the Memorial Tournament in 1998 and in the field this week as a sponsor’s exemption, joined Finchem in the media center for the announcement, as did Price, a World Golf Hall of Fame member.

The Presidents Cup will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 6 when the biennial competition returns to the United States and Muirfield Village Golf Club becomes the third U.S. golf course to host the prestigious match-play competition, joining Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Va., (1994, 1996, 2000) and Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., (2009).

Muirfield Village is the first club in the world to host three of golf’s most prestigious international team competitions — The Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup. The Americans currently hold a 7-1-1 record in the competition, with Couples leading the U.S. Team to victory in 2009 and 2011.

“Fred Couples and Nick Price will both bring a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to their respective teams for The Presidents Cup 2013, which will only serve to continue the momentum and success of the past nine events,” said Finchem.

“Fred’s 2-0 record as captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup Team in 2009 and 2011 speaks for itself. He is one of the most charismatic and popular players in TOUR history, and that personality has translated into similar success and popularity as captain. Fred deserves to continue his role as captain of the U.S. Team and attempt to win for a third time – a feat that has yet to be accomplished at The Presidents Cup.

“It’s more than fitting that Fred will have the chance to better Jack Nicklaus’ 2-1-1 record at Jack’s course in 2013.”

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