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Presidents Cup News: Ernie Els Makes His Captain’s Picks for the International Team

The Presidents Cup International team’s captains picks are in with some notable names.

Australia’s own Jason Day, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, South Korea’s Sung Im, and Canada’s Adam Hadwin all made the cut.  However, Ernie Els had to make some tough phone calls with bad news:

That was very difficult for me.  There are numerous guys I had to call.  Branden Grace, Ben An, Corey Conners, and some other guys who were really close.  It was very difficult to make those calls. But I had to look at guys’ long-term form, guys who have played well for awhile.  Looking at all the stats, I wanted good driving, good ball-striking obviously, but putting is very important.  In my experience in these these Cups, it comes down to pressure putting.  So putting is a critical attribute.”

The criteria “Big Easy” used to make his picks shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering he has made a hall of fame career out of great putting under pressure and consistently finding the fairway effortlessly.

The picks will be accompanied by the players who automatically made the team back in August:

Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Abraham Ancer, Li Haotong, Louis Oosthuizen, and C.T. Pan.

The International team has its work cut out for it come December at Royal Melbourne in Australia.  Although for the four Australians on the team — Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, and Cameron Smith — it will be more like a homecoming.  But the United States is 10-1-1 in the Presidents Cup all-time. The U.S. team also has six of the world’s top 10 players.  The only player on the International squad in the top 20 is Adam Scott, who is currently ranked 17th.

United States Captain Tiger Woods makes his four selections Thursday night.

h/t: golfweek

Written by Brian Bernd

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