Planet Golf — 04 August 2015 by GW staff and news services
Stricker joins Presidents Cup as aide

AKRON, Ohio — U.S. Presidents Cup Team Captain Jay Haas announced on Tuesday that Steve Stricker is joining the U.S. Team as his third captain’s assistant when The Presidents Cup is played in Asia for the first time, October 6-11, at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Songdo IBD, Incheon City, South Korea. The announcement was made at a news conference featuring Haas and International Team Captain Nick Price at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Stricker joins U.S. Team Captain’s Assistants Fred Couples (named in June 2014) and Davis Love III (March 2015). Price’s leadership team includes Vice-Captain K.J. Choi (June 2014) and Captain’s Assistants Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty (March 2015).

Stricker is a five-time U.S. Presidents Cup Team member (1996, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and holds a 14-10-0 record in the event.  He also played on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team three times (2008, 2010, 2012).  Stricker, who is now playing a limited schedule on the PGA Tour – and will be eligible for the Champions Tour when he turns 50 in February 2017 – is a 12-time PGA Tour winner, most recently at the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  Stricker has played in eight official events this season; his best finish is a T27 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“I’m honored that Jay asked me to join the U.S. Team as one of his captain’s assistants,” Stricker said. “I absolutely love the team atmosphere of The Presidents Cup and would have been sad to miss out on it for the first time in a decade, especially on such a momentous occasion as the event being played in Asia for the first time.  I’m hoping my previous playing experience as well as my good relationships with many of the team members – both veterans and rookies – will help Jay, Fred and Davis create the best team experience possible.  I look forward to contributing in whatever way I can to positively impact the U.S. Team’s chances to win.”

“Everyone loves Steve Stricker,” Haas said. “The U.S. Team wouldn’t be complete without him, so it really was a no-brainer to add him as my third captain’s assistant.  Steve’s insight, quiet perspective and positive demeanor will be invaluable in the team room.  I think he’ll be contributing a lot over the next two months as we prepare for Korea, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the U.S. Team.”

As of August 2, full standings for The Presidents Cup include the following (players who would be making their first Presidents Cup appearance are marked with an asterisk):

U.S. Team Standings International Team Standings
1. Jordan Spieth 1. Jason Day
2. Bubba Watson 2. Adam Scott
3. *Jimmy Walker 3. Louis Oosthuizen
4. Zach Johnson 4. Hideki Matsuyama
5. Dustin Johnson 5. Branden Grace
6. Jim Furyk 6. Marc Leishman
7. *Patrick Reed 7. *Thongchai Jaidee
8. *Rickie Fowler 8. Charl Schwartzel
9. *Chris Kirk 9. Anirban Lahiri
10. Matt Kuchar 10. *John Senden

The U.S. Presidents Cup Team is comprised of the top U.S. players who earn the most FedExCup points from September 13, 2013, through September 7, 2015, with points earned in 2015 doubled, plus captain’s selections. The International Team consists of the top international players (non-U.S. and non-European) from the Official World Golf Ranking as of September 7, 2015, plus captain’s selections.

 

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