Presidents Cup captains Jay Haas and Nick Price finalized their rosters Tuesday for the upcoming event when they announced their two addition captain’s picks.
For the American’s Jay Haas selected Phil Mickelson and his son, Bill Haas. Nick Price chose Australian standout Steven Bowditch and soon-to-be military bound Sang-Moon Bae.
Bae’s selection, perhaps the most speculated upon choice in Presidents Cup history, came down to the wire, but Price decided he needed the Korean star and wanted his experience on his side at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club next month.
“It’s very important for us to have someone on the team that the Korean fans and media could pull for,” Price said.
Of course, Bae will begin his mandatory two-year military service immediately following the Presidents Cup, keeping him out of PGA Tour action until 2017.
While each of these picks (except maybe Bowditch) come with controversy, Phil Mickelson’s pick was the one that turned the most heads. Afterall, Lefty has been abysmal since winning the Open Championship in 2013. He hasn’t won since, and notched just three top-1o’s during the 2015 campaign.
That being said, Haas was adamant that Mickelson was worthy.
“If anyone deserves a pick, it’s Phil Mickelson,” Haas said. “He is without question the leader of our team in the team room, on the golf course. The guys on the team trust him 100 percent.”
Haas’ other choice — his son, Bill — may appear to be a case of family favor, but the younger Haas certainly had a case for the squad regardless of the captain’s last name.
Afterall, Bill Haas won on the PGA Tour this year, is a veteran of three Presidents Cup squads and was the 11th ranked player in Presidents Cup points — a position that has earned a captain’s choice in 10 of the 11 events.
The Presidents Cup will be held October 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea.
[h/t Golf Channel]
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