There’s been a swap atop the U.S. Presidents Cup squad.
Jay Haas, a vice captain to Fred Couples at the past three Presidents Cups, has been elevated to captain for the 2015 matches in South Korea, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced today. Couples, meanwhile, will serve as a vice captain, Haas revealed during a news conference at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., site of this week’s Legends of Golf event on the Champions Tour.
“As you can imagine, I’m pretty overwhelmed and excited and humbled by this appointment,” Haas said. “Being the assistant the last three times gives me a little comfort. I’m thankful for this opportunity.”
After introducing Couples as a vice captain, Haas added lightheartedly: “We’re going to keep pretty much the same formula. We’ll just have a different person giving the speeches, I guess, at the opening and closing ceremonies.”
Nick Price, who captained the International team at Muirfield Village last year, will return as International captain next year, Finchem also announced. Price announced that K.J. Choi, a South Korean who has played in three Presidents Cups, will be an International vice captain.
“I’m obviously delighted to have been asked to do this again,” Price said. “Last year was a learning experience for me, and I just want to thank the players on the team last year, because without them I don’t think I’d be sitting here again.”
The 2015 Presidents Cup is slated for Oct. 8-11 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon. It will be the first time the event is contested in Asia. The U.S. team, which won its fifth consecutive Presidents Cup last year, leads the series 8-1-1.