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Presidents Cup Captain’s Picks Announced

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The U.S. and International Presidents Cup teams were filled out Tuesday evening with captains Jay Haas and Nick Price each making their two captain’s picks.

Price went first, tabbing Australia’s Steven Bowditch and South Korea’s Sangmoon Bae.

Bowditch, 32, missed automatically qualifying by one spot but has played well this summer with a win at the AT&T Byron Nelson and four top-15 finishes in his past nine events.

Bae, 29, finished well outside of the International Team top-10 but had a solid finish at The Barclays to go along with three under-par rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. With a short time remaining before he heads off for a mandatory two-year military service, Bae expressed his desire to play in his home country.

On the U.S. side, Jay Haas selected his son Bill along with veteran Phil Mickelson.

Bill Haas, 33, finished 11th in the Presidents Cup point total which forced his father to make a difficult decision. A T4 finish at the Quicken Loans National and a T6 finish at the Wyndham Championship helped build his case, and he arrives having made his last six cuts.

Phil Mickelson, 45, finished a distant 30th in the U.S. Team Standings and figured to have little shot at earning a captain’s pick after pedestrian play in his last six events. It’s Mickelson’s 11th appearance in the Presidents Cup. He is 20-16-11 overall in the matches.

Surprising many was the exclusion of 25-year-old Brooks Koepka. The No. 17 player in the world has quickly ascended the ranks of exciting young talent on the PGA Tour, winning earlier this season at the Phoenix Open before ripping off seven consecutive top-20 finishes this summer.


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