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NEWS: Mickelson Among Presidents Cup Picks

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The four captain's picks for the 2017 Presidents Cup.

What would an American Presidents Cup team be without Phil Mickelson?

That’s a question for another time after U.S. team captain Steve Stricker added Mickelson and Charley Hoffman to the roster to complete the 12-man team that will face the International team at Liberty National in three weeks.

At the same time, International captain Nick Price added Anirban Lahiri and Emiliano Grillo to his team, which will attempt to win the Cup for just the second time since the event began in 1994.

For a time there was a question as to whether Mickelson would be one of Stricker’s picks or if his run of being part of 22 consecutive U.S. teams in the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup would end this year. By his own admission, Mickelson’s performance had been flat this year. And he was well down the points list before a T6 at the Dell Technologies Championship last week moved him into 15th place.

“Phil means a lot to us as a team,” Stricker said. “He struggled a little toward the end of the year but he finally showed his desire to be on the team.

“He said it was just a matter of time. He waited until the end but he had a great showing at the Dell Technologies Championship. I got reports from some of the guys who said that was the Phil of old.”

When the qualifying period ended Monday, it seemed a virtual certainty that Stricker would pick Hoffman, who missed by less than one point being the final automatic qualifier. Hoffman has had seven top-10 finishes this year but he will be a 40-year old rookie in terms of team competition.

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“He was kind of a no-brainer,” Stricker said. “He’s had a tremendous year. He will fit in well with everybody.”

Grillo finished 11th in the International points race, and Price said he was a unanimous choice among the captains to be added. Grillo will join Si Woo Kim, Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Hadwin as Presidents Cup rookies on the International side.

In passing over several players higher on the points list to pick Lahiri, Price said his solid play in the 2015 Presidents Cup and his familiarity were advantages.

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“We felt we wanted players who played the (PGA) Tour full time,” Price said. “There is a certain amount of comfort with those guys being here and having played here.”

Here are the complete teams:

United States
Points Rank
Prev. Appearances
Dustin Johnson 33 1 1 2  4-4-1
Jordan Spieth 24 2 2 2 5-4-0
Justin Thomas 24 3 4 Rookie
Rickie Fowler 28 4 10 1 1-3-0
Daniel Berger 24 5 24 Rookie
Brooks Koepka 27 6 11 Rookie
Kevin Kisner 33 7 25 Rookie
Patrick Reed 27 8 19 1 1-2-1
Matt Kuchar 39 9 13 3 4-7-2
Kevin Chappell 31 10 27 Rookie
Charley Hoffman 40 11 22 Rookie
Phil Mickelson 47 15 29 11 23-16-12
Captain: Steve Stricker


Points Rank
Prev. Appearances
Hideki Matsuyama Japan 25 1 3 2 3-4-2
Jason Day Australia 29 2 9 3 4-8-3
Adam Scott Australia 37 3 20 7 13-17-5
Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 34 4 21 2 5-3-2
Marc Leishman Australia 33 5 23 2 3-4-1
Charl Schwartzel South Africa 33 6 26 3 6-7-1
Branden Grace South Africa 29 7 34 2 5-4
Si Woo Kim South Korea 22 8 36 Rookie
Jhonattan Vegas Venezuela 33 9 37 Rookie
Adam Hadwin Canada 29 10 45 Rookie
Emiliano Grillo Argentina 25 11 54 Rookie
Anirban Lahiri India 30 16 75 1 0-3-0
Captain: Nick Price Zimbabwe


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